taco's/italian sandwiches/hispanic grocer wanted in west burbs (arlington/schaumburg)
I'm staying near the arlinton metra station (but i have a car so i can drive)
i'm looking for a great authentic
b) italian sandwiches
and a mexican or hispanic grocer not too far away
again i can drive but i prefer not to venture too east as i've spent the past 3 days in downtown chitown
Not sure about authenticity but for easy access considering where you're staying, you might try Fuego in Arlington Heights for Mexican. Nice bar and great guac.
Also, there's a new spot in downtown Arlington Heights called Armand's that would meet your Italian request. Locals are raving about it - have not been yet myself but it's definitely on my list.
Both are probably less than a 5 minute walk from the Arlington train station.
Please do not make the mistake I made the first time I tried Johnny's Beef, I only ordered one. Man, I had waited in the 40+ line at the original location on a cold Saturday afternoon. They're are a bit smaller than your average Beef sandwich everywhere else. Order one beef and one beef and sausage combo, and an italian ice/lemonade. Make sure they dip the sandwhich in the pan of juice...trust me, it's worth it.
Just south of you on Algonquin Rd are two of my mainstays.
Johnnie's Beef for Italian beef - this is their "other" branch vs the original in Elmwood Pk, but still tasty and messy all the same
1935 S Arlington Heights Rd just north of Algonquin
As for Mexican grocers,
Carniceria La Rosita
1805 w algonquin rd
They have a small counter in the side that does a very brisk taco business for weekday lunches. It's can be tough getting the counter guy's attention if you're not Mexican, but it's good and fast. Their tacos have a better balance of meat and onions/cilantro than some of the other places I've been. Their asada meat isn't as high quality like Las Asadas, but they have a chicharrones (stewed) taco as well. And they're faster than Las Asadas.
Not sure what you'd consider "authentic" tacos. Go here twice for steak tacos, and I doubt you'll find better. CHAR GRILLED skirt steak with cilantro and onions. Same family as La Pasadita. This is NOT the pan seared skirt steak that most novices mistake for edible all throughout chitown, and the salsa is generally not for the timid:
356 Lee St.
Des Plaines 60016-4610
There's also one on 83 and oakton?
try Salernos on Des Plaines and kensington:
Not too far from dundee and 83 is a Jimenez:
(and a big one at that
)Carnicerias Jimenez Wheeling
550 W Dundee Rd
Wheeling, IL 60090
you also have a La Rosita at Wolf and Camp Mcdonald ?