With Lent in full swing and my love of tacos a year-round thing, now is as good a time as any to put together a fish taco roundup. Since we already have a solid fried fish taco list, I set out to find 11 options that avoided the fryer completely.
I visited La Chilangueada to try one thing, but that plan changed fast. Now I'm kind of convinced that La Chilangueada is one of the best all-around taquerias in Chicago, especially on the North Side.
These aren't necessarily "Korean tacos." Instead of a corn tortilla, En Hakkore uses a paratha, which is an Indian flatbread. The paratha is flaky, almost like a scallion pancake, but with none of the grease. It evokes the softest flour tortilla you can imagine.
Happy National Taco Day! Here's 25 options from the South Side to help fill in all the lists that neglected an entire chunk of the city. Ready. Set. Taco!
To see one of the very best chicken tinga tacos around, make your way to Taqueria Perejil in Logan Square.
How many great tacos are there in Chicago? Well, there are enough that I was able to try a new restaurant or taqueria every week for a year and never come close to exhausting the possibilities. Sure, some were simply mediocre, while others were merely adequate, but occasionally I'd stumble upon a true find.
As far as I'm concerned, Atotonilco serves only al pastor. When it's on, it's one of the best versions around—crispy, caramelized, and charged with chiles.
Doesn't matter if I'm at an Irish pub or a barbecue restaurant, if I see a taco on the menu I have to order it, which explained why I was at Brand BBQ Market in Logan Square with a plate of pulled pork tacos in front of me.
Do tacos from a Michelin starred restaurant taste different? When Mexique landed a star a few weeks ago, I finally had the chance to find out.
Usually, I'm in the minimalist taco camp. I like a place that can execute a filling and serve it on warm and pliant tortillas. But that's not what Flo does best. No, here you should go big.
La Oaxaqueña may serve some excellent mole, but the restaurant also knows how to grill. In fact, if you see a menu item that spends time over live fire, by all means, order it.
Masa Azul has always been a great place to drink. But thanks to new chef Jonathon Zaragoza, it's now serving some excellent food, too.
What Big &Little's lacks in technical taco making prowess, it makes up in genuine creativity. No dish or flavor combination is too out there or too bizarre to be transformed into a taco, be it a bánh mì, sweet and sour chicken, or a lamb gyro. And they have lots and lots of options to choose from.
Del Toro is the kind of place one likes to get comfortable and stay for awhile, even if the burrito happens to be the best thing on the menu.
I've made my stance on straight chorizo tacos pretty clear. Sure, the Mexican sausage is a flavor bomb, bringing fat, spice, and heat to anything it touches, but left unfiltered and all alone, chorizo runs wild over your tongue, obliterating everything else. So why is 2 Amigos version such a delicious exception?
Oh, Mercadito. Why do you make things so hard? While your tacos are consistently delicious, I still seem to dread each visit.
As us spicy food addicts know, there is a line between pleasure and pain, and we like to be teased. No taqueria knows that line quite as well as El Pueblito. For some, the salsas here might as well be pure fire. But if you enjoy that dance, it can be captivating.
Cantina Laredo is a gleaming, gargantuan place—all hard edges, sleek seating, and subdued lighting. Considering I usually spend my time in humble taquerias, this was like walking into an alternative universe.
Yes, I did visit Huaraches Doña Chio without ordering a huarache. It's nothing against the sandal-shaped piece of masa (which I love), but I had a grand theory I wanted to test out: if this place prepared the huaraches to order using fresh masa, wouldn't there be a high probability that it would do the same with tortillas?
As I've already mentioned, Rocky's Tacos isn't the most aptly named taqueria. How else do you explain a menu with around 78 different versions of the sandwich? But that doesn't mean you should completely overlook the taco options.