Taco Tuesday: My Favorite Spots in Chicago!

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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…


Gold Coast

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.


Logan Square

Logan Square has some of the best restaurants in the city, and Masa Azul is no different. A trendy little spot at 2901 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, the tacos here are incredible. I tried multiple different kinds and all were excellent, but the Lamb Barbacoa was truly exceptional. They have two per order served on handmade corn tortillas and it includes braised lamb, onion, cilantro, and avocado. Simple, but so tasty! Whatever you pick, though, you can’t go wrong.


Lakeview

Taco & Burrito Palace #1 is located at 3507 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60657 and it’s open late night! If you need a taco after a night out, this divey spot has you covered. Take a seat at a booth, stuff your face, and do some fascinating people watching. I had the Vegetariano taco with my friend who is vegan, and I definitely remember it being delicious! Not the highest quality, but mega cheap and great comfort food to soak up all the fun you drank!

Loop

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.


Old Town

Broken English Taco Pub is a great spot if you’re bar hopping or running errands on Wells Street. You can’t miss it; the restaurant at 1400 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60610, is decorated with extremely bright neon graffiti art. The tacos, particularly the carne asada are classic but very delicious, with chopped onion and cilantro. They are two per order, but a decent size. You’ll probably order more though, they’re so yummy!
  

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!

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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.


Wicker Park

Big Star is well-known for being the taco kingpin of Chicago. So much so that they expanded to a new location in Wrigleyville! I still love the OG location under the tinkling lights on their large outdoor patio. Note, they are cash only! I love the charm and the fun summery feel of eating there. I’m not a pork girl, but I have to say, their Taco Al Pastor, with marinated spit roasted pork shoulder, grilled pineapple, grilled onion, and cilantro is insanely good. You can find them at 1531 North Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622.


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