Best Taqueria in Chicago
I spent a little while searching and didn't in find a post that really answered my question so here it goes:
I'm looking for authoritative suggestions from people who really know their mexican food about the best/most authentic taquerias and/or mexican restuarants in the city of Chicago. I'll be in chicago for a few days after spending a a year in South America without real mexican food and want to make sure I choose well.
I agree that Los Comales is horrible, does have its merits (according to its fans.)
I kinda think that in Chicago, most taquerias are one trick ponies. Some taquerias try to do several things well, but really fall short. For this reason, I go to different taquerias for different things. If I were you, here's where I'd hit. These are my opinions, of course, other peeps will have varying opinions:
For Char grilled juicy skirt steak tacos:
2072 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
Carniceria Y Taqueria Tierra Caliente (formerly Carniceria Leon)
1400 N Ashland
Taqueria el Asadero
2213 W. Montrose Ave.
A caveat of these places will be that you should go during peak times to ENSURE fresh meat hot off the grill. That's just how it is.
I'm not a huge fan of al pastor, but one place I do like it is at
3916 W. 26th St
For full service yet extremely casual restaurants that do several things REALLY well:
Taqueria La Oaxaqueña
3382 N. Milwaukee
5135 W 25th ST
4859 W Roosevelt Rd
For a little more upscale, and full service, I like these two:
Sol de Mexico
3018 N. Cicero
Fonda Del Mar
3749 W. Fullerton Ave.
doorbell; stick with gordeaux's recs!! You will not be disapointed! The char-grilled steak tacos (be sure to get them fresh off the grill) from Las Asadas and Taqueria El Asadero are tough to beat...seriously fantastic!!
Agreed, Los Comales is terrible!!! The meat is fatty and chewy!! YUK!
Fonda Del Mar is pretty good, although a bit overrated in my opinion, expensive too.
I have a co-worker who deos enjoy the suadero at the Los Comales in Niles. Trader123abc - what do you like from there?
It is possible that certain days are much better than others, but my issue with them is their carne asada prep. They griddle saute steak for their tacos. I much prefer steak cooked on an open flame. Sauteed steak just isn't my thing.
Totally agree with you about Las Asadas (and am glad to see that I'm not the only fan!) They have the juiciest, most flavorful skirt steak tacos I've ever had.
We live in the northwest 'burbs and when we're in town one of our favorite stops is John's Pizza, which is across the parking lot from Las Asadas. When we're done at John's we always bring home tacos from Las Asadas. My brother was appalled by the gluttony of it all one time we met him there! (He's not a chowhound, so he doesn't understand!)
I like La Rosita in Crystal Lake, also. Their tacos are pretty tasty, but they don't hold a candle to Las Asadas.
Although it might be a hike from you, there is a Las Asadas in Des Plaines on Rand, and River road. It's every bit as good, I can assure you. I work out that way, and go for lunch quite often. Sometimes, I will see the same workers as the one on Western. There's also one on Oakton and 83. Not sure if you were aware of these other ones. If you are in the NW burbs, maybe these will float your boat if you didn't know they were there.
In keeping with the, "gluttony" theme, walk accross the street from Las Asadas to the Peruvian restaurant; Pollo Salvaje (formerly Cancun Restaurant). The Peruvian style rotisserie chicken and chicken (pork ones are too greasy) tamales are outstanding!!
Why stop at Pizza and tacos when you can have Peruvian chicken too!!
OK I did it!! All this talking about La Asadas had my mouth watering and since I am in Northbrook today I had to do it.
amoncada & gordeaux - You two were dead on! This is without a doubt one of the best burritos I've ever had ANYWHERE!
As I rounded the bend on Rt. 45, I was thinking "where the heck is Lee St?" and that’s when it hit me! The scent of char grilled meat... I knew I was close! Right next to the McDonalds #1 Museum, sits one of the most inconspicuous places turning out some of the best food anywhere.
I opted for the "super burrito" which has rice, beans & avocado inside as well. Tremendous!! Great flavor, fresh ingredients and uncomplicated perfection.
Thanks guys I only hope I that I can recommend a place to you that will make you as happy, as you did me for me today-
Nope, not like the Mexican roticeria style.
The seasoning/mojo on POLLO SALVAJE'S Peruvian rotisserie chicken is VERY similar to the seasoning on the Colombian churrasco pounded chicken at Las Tablas...so it's really flavorful, one of the very best I've ever tasted!!
I suggest getting it fresh off of the rotisserie. I had the very last of the chicken on my last visit and it was on the dry side :(.
Pollo Salvaje (NO VISABLE SIGN...formerly Mariscos Cancun)
2011 N. Western at Armitage
Here are a few photo's from yelp.
I gotta tell ya, the interior is seriously cool (unchanged from Mariscos Cancun) in this place!!! Really clean too!! The colorful interior reminds me of a typical beachtown restaurant from Central or South America.
gordeaux, the tamales at are larger and more expensive than the Mexican variety. A dozen will set you back a bit. Again, I felt that the pork tamal was too greasy. We much peferred the chicken tamal.
Ooh! Thanks, amoncada! You're speaking my language! ;-) I'll definitely have to try Pollo Salvaje as well.
And thanks for letting me know about Las Asadas' other location, gordeaux. I've seen it, but wasn't sure whether it was the same owners (or as good). I work in Northfield, so I head that way quite often. Maybe I'll surprise the family with Las Asadas tacos tonight!
Thanks everyone for the recs. As a fellow Chicagoan, it's always great to read where everyone else likes to eat and I was in need of a good Mexican place.