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South Side Eats: Mama Nena's Shrimp House

Chicago Titus Ruscitti 9 comments

Two things you won't find a shortage of on the South Side are Mexican-owned mom and pop spots and fried shrimp shacks. Over on 43rd street, just West of Ashland in the shadow of the Union Stock Yards, you'll find the two combined at Mama Nena's Shrimp House. More

Standing Room Only: The Tamale Place

Standing Room Only Nick Kindelsperger 13 comments

The Tamale Place makes some of the best Mexican food I've had in Indianapolis, and they do it for cheap. While most Mexican places in Indy claim their authenticity with over-sized margaritas and burritos as big as your head, this little storefront on the west side does so by focusing intensely on a particular street food that can get overlooked in the Mexican cuisine conversation—the tamale. More

Standing Room Only: Don Churro El Moro De Letran

Standing Room Only Nick Kindelsperger 6 comments

If you're looking for churros in Chicago and want to go straight to the fried source, you'll end up at Don Churro, the churro factory. They're only $1, served hot, about a foot long, and you won't have to wait forever in line for them. More

Standing Room Only: Tierra Caliente

Standing Room Only Nick Kindelsperger 10 comments

"It may not be the prettiest-looking food but it's certainly one of the best examples of Chicago's great taqueria culture." [Photographs: Nick Kindelsperger] Tierra Caliente 1402 N. Ashland Avenue, Chicago IL 60622 (map); 773-772-9804 The Short Order: Proper al pastor... More

When the Line's Too Long for Xoco, Check Out Abuelo's Mexican Grill in Chicago

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[Photograph: Michael Nagrant] Rabid culinary celebrity worshippers probably know by now that Top Chef Masters winner and Mexican food savant Rick Bayless just unveiled another jewel in his tasty empire, Xoco, a contemporary expression of Mexican street food here in... More

Standing Room Only: La Pasadita

Standing Room Only Nick Kindelsperger 7 comments

[Photographs: Nick Kindelsperger] La Pasadita 1141 N. Ashland Avenue, Chicago IL 60622 (map); 773-278-0384‎ The Short Order: Oddly beefy grilled steak tacos. Want Fries with That? No sides are needed. Save room for tacos. Want Ketchup? Just bottles and... More

Chicago's Best Steak Taco at Carbon

Michael Nagrant 1 comment

[Photograph: Michael Nagrant] I like a steak taco that doesn't look like it's been hacked to death by Edward Scissorhands. But, rather than cutting skirt steak nicely across the grain in reasonably sized slivers, most of the Chicago taquerias... More

Mole Negro at Real Tenochtitlan in Chicago

Michael Nagrant 5 comments

In Chicago, mole—the Mexican mother sauce made from dried chiles, ground seeds or nuts, and assorted spices—has almost become as ubiquitous as our famous hot dogs and deep-dish pizza slices. It seems every two-bit taqueria features it. Of course, very... More

Chi-Mex: A New Frontier

Michael Nagrant 3 comments

Rick Bayless, chef/owner of Chicago's Frontera Grill and Topolobampo, has me brainwashed. Inspired by his example for the last few years, I've been telling everyone that you either go regional Mexican or you go home. If the shadow of a... More

I Drove 40 Miles for a Taco

Michael Nagrant 2 comments

There are at least a thousand taquerias in Chicago city proper, though only about ten of them actually sear their meat and season it properly. Still, ten is a pretty hefty number. Hell, growing up in the suburbs of Detroit,... More

Chicago's Best Cheap Ethnic Joints, A Quick Guide

Michael Nagrant 2 comments

Ed Levine made ethnic and cheap eats safe for America, or at least New Yorkers, anyway. In some ways, his seminal work, New York Eats, put pastrami and pizza on the same table as foie and truffles. It's precisely why... More

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