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Carry-out mexican near Forest Park?

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wineaux Jul 30, 2011 11:17 AM

Looking to do carry-out mexican to pick up to take down to Grant Park tonight. We're catching the 'L' in Forest Park, so anything in that area would be preferable. I know there has to be an abundance in Cicero/Berwyn area, but have no idea what's recommended.

Muchos Gracias :)!

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    gordeaux RE: wineaux Jul 30, 2011 02:22 PM

    Wineaux, tell me what you are interested in ordering.
    The obvious choice for moderately upscale would be New Rebozo just E of Harlem on Madison.

    IMO- if you want chicken tacos or chicken burritos or veggie burritos, go to Ino's. I wouldn't order anything else outside of Pico de gallo and guacamole. Everything else is just really bad, but the chicken is good.

    If you want great steak/chicken tacos, burritos, and even very decent enchiladas rojas with spectacular salsas, do Zacatacos. They even have a decent pastor.

    Much further east, but great takeout for the price is La Quebrada- probably too far from the Forest Park El depending on your surrounding plans.

    If you want a step up from standard taqueria food, then New Rebozo is the obvious choice, and it's very close to the Forest Park El.

    There might be a newish Mexican joint right on the Madison strip (The downtown area of Forest Park with a ton of shops, restaurants and bars.) I think the word "lobo" is in the name. I have never been, nor heard anything about it.

    If there's something specific you're looking for from a Mexican place, say the word, and I will suggest what might be your best choice.

    I'd say your best bet for cheap, good takeout in the Berwyn area would be Zacatacos on Cermak or the one on Harlem - no real restrictions on ordering - it's generally all good - steak is char grilled skirt steak, and their salsas are fantastic - especially if you love dark, earthy salsa de chile arbol. If you order from Zacatacos, make SURE you get salsas. They are stingy with it sometimes.

    Also, a wildcard, if Thai is an option.Yum Thai. It's RIGHT THERE a stone's throw away from the Des Plaines stop. They do all of the standards very competently, but there are plenty who say that their Thai menu is the best in Chicagoland. Ask for the yellow menu - my suggestionsfrom the Thai menu that would travel well:
    Isaan sausage
    100 year old egg salad
    Catfish curry
    Duck curry
    Papaya salad with preserved crab
    I want to say that the explodede catfish salad would be good too, since it's soo flippin good, but I don't think it would travel that well. :-(
    To round out the meal, maybe a fat noodle dish or something.

    But, if there is some specific Mexican dish you are looking for, say the word.

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    3837 Harlem Ave, Berwyn, IL 60402

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      gordeaux RE: wineaux Jul 30, 2011 02:28 PM

      Here's the Lobo place:
      http://www.cocinalobos.com/

      Found an ino's menu on grubhub
      http://www.grubhub.com/chicago/inos-t...

      http://newrebozo.com/

      http://www.zacatacos.net/

      Commentary about a very recent meal I had at Yum Thai:
      http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic....

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      Yum Thai Restaurant
      7748 Madison St, Forest Park, IL 60130

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        wineaux RE: gordeaux Oct 5, 2011 07:29 PM

        Gordeaux... would Zacatacos accommodate dining in or is it primarily carry-out? We're looking for somewhere in the same vicinity for Friday night for Mexican.

        Thanks!

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        Zacatacos
        3837 Harlem Ave, Berwyn, IL 60402

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          gordeaux RE: wineaux Oct 5, 2011 07:48 PM

          Dining in is fine. Waitress / Table service, no frills, the Cermak location has beer for sure. Steak tacos, or a carne asada platter - make sure you get some steak.

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            wineaux RE: gordeaux Oct 6, 2011 06:22 AM

            This is for my husband's birthday, so I'm probably looking for something with a little frills. Maybe something between Zacatacos and New Rebozo? I was doing a little bit of searching and came across La Quinta in Berwyn. Have you been there and if so, what is your opinion? There will probably be 6 of us dining.

            Zacatacos will definitely be a go-to for us in the future though... looks great! I didn't realize they had moved into the old Kathy's Hacienda location. We used to go there when it was Kathy's and whatever the previous place was also.

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            Zacatacos
            3837 Harlem Ave, Berwyn, IL 60402

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              gordeaux RE: wineaux Oct 6, 2011 02:32 PM

              Never been to La Quinta, sorry. I wish Mi Tierra was still open on Harlem and Cermak, but a BW3 is goin in and they tore it down. I think that may have been the type of place for you. It was great in that I could take the gringos who wanted the combo plate with ground beef, but it also had tinga, lomo en chile arbol, guisados, and all done much better than you would think. I don't think I even have any second hand knowledge of La Quinta for you. One of those places I've been meaning to try, just never made it over there. My mind is blanking on other places in the area that might be a step up. Don't discount the Lalo's on Harlem. I've only been to that specific location once, and the food was much better than any of the times I've been to any of the other locations. I've heard from the folks around town that the one on Harlem is easily the best one. It still is what it is - but it's festive and upbeat. Usually crowded - live music some nights.

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              wineaux RE: gordeaux Nov 5, 2011 10:20 AM

              We finally tried Zacatacos last night (Cermak location). We were so looking forward to some really good authentic Mexican food, since we really don't have anything great in our area. They were somewhat crowded, but there were some available seats, so no waiting. We started with 2 Modelo Especiales, which I even pointed to on the menu. Instead she brought us one of their drink specials which was Clamato juce, with some type of salsa, lime juice mixed with a Modelo Especiale. Wasn't what we ordered, so she took them back & brought us the correct drink order. Then onto the guacamole and side order of pico de gallo and a side of jalapenos. Never got the jalapenos. Guacamole was very good, a bit heavy on the onions, but that's just my preference to have less onions. Lots of cilantro:)! Still no jalapenos. My husband ordered the carne asada dinner and I ordered a chile relleno taco & a asada taco. She forgot the tortillas for the carne asada dinner & said she's be right back with them. We waited & waited... finally asked another waiter with no luck. Asked another waitress. By this time, our beers were finished and we were trying to order 2 more. No acknowledgment. After 10-15 minutes, our waitress finally came back with the warm tortillas, but the dinner was obviously cold. The carne asada was like shredded beef with a lot of gristle and fat, very chewy. My asada taco was the same. The tortillas were fresh and the tacos had plenty of filling. The salsas were very good. We had such high hopes for Zacatacos, but left there very disappointed. Maybe it was just a bad night? Or is the Harlem location better?

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                gordeaux RE: wineaux Nov 5, 2011 08:37 PM

                You were at the mercy of a bad cow that night. ( and I meant the meat, not the service - oh that was horrible, I know.) But, trust me, when everything is running on all cylinders, their steak is some of the best eats in Chicagoland. They are not as consistent with the meat as Las Asadas, but when they are on their game, they can be just as good. Their salsas are generally consistently great, so when the steak is great, generally it's happy time. I frequent the Harlem location much, much, more, but there are consistency issues at both. Usually, my issues are with salt content of the meat, but sounds like you just got a bad cow that night. It stinks that it happens, but in the cheap taco joints, quality control can be an issue. For char grilled skirt steak in Chicagoland, Zacatacos is still a decent bet to provide the goods. You only need one good batch to understand. The Harlem location, believe it or not, is literally about half the size of the Cermak location. They still offer table service though. At either, I wouldn't expect the greatest of service, and it helps to know a little bit of Spanglish, but, when you get good, hot, juicy, char flavored, steak, and give it a hit of their sizzlin salsas (I'm very partial to their arbol salsa) that food seems like it is an absolute steal.

                On the flip side, I made it over to Los Chilaquiles a few weeks ago. The guac and sides of rice and beans were way over salted, and I hope they are not consistently prepared that way, because we really loved everything else. Matter of fact, I'll be heading back this week. There is obvious potential there. Great call.

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                Zacatacos
                3837 Harlem Ave, Berwyn, IL 60402

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                  gordeaux RE: gordeaux Nov 6, 2011 04:41 PM

                  One more thing - if you ever decide to give them a second chance, they have a carne asada platillo with uncut steak. It sounds like you got the "chopped" version. The "whole steak" version is a buck more, I think. Either way, it stinks you got some bad grub and service. I'm actually contemplating ordering some take out from the Harlem location right now which made me think of that.

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          gordeaux RE: wineaux Aug 2, 2011 08:20 AM

          Where'd you wind up?

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            wineaux RE: gordeaux Aug 16, 2011 09:46 PM

            Gordeaux.... thank you for your recommendations! I haven't been on in awhile, so I apologize for not replying sooner. We ended up going a little further east to Los Chilaquiles in Cicero & did carry-out for SummerDance at Grant Park. We tried the chilaquiles, guacamole, and the queso and verdes tamales. Everything was very good. The service was excellent... we plan on going back and dining in. It's very small, but cozy.... byob also!

            Oh, and by the way, great suggestion on Yum Thai.... we've been going to Yum Thai 20+ years. Way before Eddy came & went. If I remember correctly, her Uncle used to own it back in those days. It's always our 'go-to' place for Thai at least 1x/month & we come from Glen Ellyn. I have one of their thai menus that I carry in our wine bag and we rate the various items as we try them. Nothing compares to Yum Thai... although we've yet to try TAC Quick. Yum Thai will always win our hearts & stomachs over =)

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            Yum Thai Restaurant
            7748 Madison St, Forest Park, IL 60130

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