Del Toro
Sean Cooley
Jim Vondruska
Jim Vondruska
Adam Leaders
Taqueria El Asadero
Jim Vondruska
Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill
Jim Vondruska
Sean Cooley
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1. Del Toro 2133 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608 (Pilsen)

Popular wisdom holds "liquor before beer and you're in the clear", but nobody's ever said "liquor before al pastor and you'll want some more"... until now thanks to Del Toro. From the family behind Pilsen staple F&R Liquors, DT's a laid-back adjacent tequila bar & grubbery with a mahogany hue, a U-shaped granite bar, and local abstract paintings, all punctuated by the sounds of Latin jazz and bossa nova, which is also how Brazilians describe their favorite PBS programming.

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2. La Pasadita 1132 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (Ukrainian Village)

This Ukrainian Village Mexi-joint doles out of the usual staples, but their burritos are head and shoulders above the rest, especially their carne asada version that's simply made with steak, cilantro, and onions.

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3. Taqueria Traspasada 811 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (Avondale)

This Avondale spot might not look like much from the outside, but once you bite into their chicharron burrito with salsa verde, nothing else matters.

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4. El Gallo De Oro 2952 W 63rd St, Chicago, IL 60629 (Marquette Park)

You can find some traditional Mexican options at this Marquette establishment, but if you wanna try something a little different, order their stewed goat burrito using meat marinated in spicy red sauce, or the lengua burrito, aka tongue.

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5. Irazu 1865 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Bucktown)

Irazu has a blend of surprises and reliable standards that make it a solid place to stop for eats. Dishing out mouth-watering pepito sandwiches (ribeye steak or chicken), a unique oatmeal shake (surprise!), and a number of delicious empanadas and burritos, this Bucktown Costa Rican spot is perfect for any occasion.

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6. Taqueria El Asadero 2213 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 (Logan Square)

This classic, hole-in-the-wall (cash only!) Mexican joint has south-of-the-border food down pat, doling out go-tos like delicious (and cheap) tacos, burritos, and homemade guacamole and horchata. Our favorites include the steak and al pastor tacos and the carne asada burrito.

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7. Las Asadas 2072 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Bucktown)

This is a small chain near the Western Blue Line and it serves great al pastor burritos made with pork that isn't cooked on a spit, but is bathed in a six-hour marinade making it extra juicy.

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8. Carbon 810 N Marshfield Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

This place prides itself on healthier, high-quality Mex cuisine, using natural beans and olive oil instead of lard for their tortillas. But the best part is their insanely tender steak.

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9. L'Patron Tacos 3749 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Logan Square)

If you thought you could only get decent Mexican street food south of the border, think again – for Chicagoans, it’s as easy as a trip to Logan Square. The market-driven menu at L’Patron includes highlights like carne asada and the signature la gringa, a tortilla with al pastor, Chihuahua cheese, pineapple, and a side of rice and beans. While seating is available, this counter-service taqueria is a lunch hotspot, so get there early to snag a seat and chow down.