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Those places, in my opinion, include anywhere with great tacos, and if you live in Chicago or plan to visit, I’d like to share some of my favorite taco spots with you. In pretty much every neighborhood, you can find a fantastic taco, whether it’s on the pricier or super cheap side. Let me know if you’ve ever been to any of my top picks or if I need to try someplace new that wasn’t included on the list! Sorry in advance if you’re on a diet. But diets sans tacos are kind of dumb…
Check out Velvet Taco at 1110 North State Street, Chicago, IL 60610. This is definitely more of a taco joint, with limited seating, but plenty of counter tops for quick bite. My favorite taco there is the #12: slow roasted angus brisket, barbacoa style with red chili mayo, avocado relish, queso blanco, micro cilantro, comté cheese, on an encrusted flour tortilla.
It’s hard to find good tacos in the Loop period, especially when chains like Taco Bell, Chipotle, and Qdoba rule the area. Latinicity’s Taqueria downstairs in Block 37, located at 108 North State Street, Chicago, IL 60602, is an exception. While there aren’t as many bells and whistles with these simple “build your own” tacos, they are good quality. I enjoyed the Chicken Tinga last time I was there. It includes braised chicken, lettuce, white onion, cilantro, and crema fresca. There isn’t much seating, so this is perfect for someone working downtown that wants to take these back to the office.
River North #1
River North, being the epicenter of Chicago nightlife, has two amazing taco spots that I love!
First, we have Barrio, a fabulous latin restaurant with these incredible deconstructed tacos. My favorite is the Creekstone Farms beef tenderloin with charred shishito peppers, cebollitas, roasted garlic, tamarind mole, manchego cheese, and salsa verde. These tacos are served on the most incredible hand-pressed macienda heirloom corn tortillas. Death by tortilla gloriousness. Located at 65 West Kinzie Street, Chicago, IL 60654, this is a great spot to dine before going out!
River North #2
Next, just down the street a few blocks at 108 West Kinzie Street, Chicago, IL 60654, is Mercadito, a very hip and trendy Mexican restaurant known for its tacos and fun cocktails. My top pick there would be their pollo taco, which includes oregano marinated grilled chicken, corn, poblano, fava bean hash, crispy shallots, and avocado salsa. You get four smaller tacos on homemade corn tortillas.
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