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1. Del Toro2133 S Halsted St, Chicago
2. La Pasadita1132 N Ashland Ave, Chicago
3. Taqueria Traspasada811 N Ashland Ave, Chicago
4. El Gallo De Oro2952 W 63rd St, Chicago
5. Irazu1865 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
6. Taqueria El Asadero2213 W Montrose Ave, Chicago
7. Las Asadas2072 N Western Ave, Chicago
8. Carbon810 N Marshfield Ave, Chicago
9. L'Patron Tacos3749 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.