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7 Must-Try Tacos in Chicago

Posted: 08/24/2012 5:37 pm

Some may say tacos are trending in Chicago. Really, they're just getting the attention they've always deserved. You can find choice options at pretty much any time of day across the city (yes, even for breakfast). Whether you like yours stuffed with spicy-sweet pork or grilled sweet potatoes, there is a tasty option out there for you. Here are seven great tacos to try in Chicago now -- most are awesome new options, but there's an old favorite or two on the list. As you contemplate which would pair best with a margarita, let us know which are your favorites in the comments.

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  • Ceviche taco at Taco Joint

    Taco Joint is usually so bumpin' on a weekend night that there's not even room to wait at the bar. Which is surely why they have a second, larger location in the works, opening at an unknown date in River North. Don't let this deter you though. Their ceviche taco filled with citrus-cured tilapia, tomato, cilantro, red onion, roasted red pepper, orange and avocado makes you rethink the whole concept of piping hot tacos. It's served in a crispy shell, it tastes fresh and the citrus complements the cold fish. Wait in line, wait around the block, do whatever you have to - it's worth it.  <br> <strong>The Details:</strong> 1969 North Halsted St.; 312-951-2457 <br> <strong><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px; ">[Also See: <a href="">7 Annoying Dining Moments in Chicago</a>]</span>

  • Crispy fish taco at Antique Taco

    By far the newest taco joint in town, Antique Taco has held its own in a neighborhood that already has what are arguably some of the best gourmet tacos in town (hello<a href=""> Big Star</a>). Antique Taco's crispy fish taco has tempura, smoked cabbage, scallions and the real kicker, Sriracha tartar sauce. It's like they discovered the holy grail of Sriracha combos, and they plopped it right on top of fried fish. Despite what you think of the cutesy name and decor in this place, the grub makes the joint a winner.  <br> <strong>The Details: </strong>1360 N Milwaukee Ave.; 773-687-8697<strong> <br> <span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px; ">[Also See: <a href="" target="_blank">Destination Diners - 9 Spots From Around The U.S.</a>]</span></strong>

  • Spicy-sweet pork taco at La Tacorea

    La Tacorea offers something for the ultimate taco lover: jumbo tacos. All of their options can be ordered in a burrito or bowl form, but what's the fun in that? Instead, try their spicy-sweet BBQ pulled pork taco, marinated in what they call "fusion sauce." If you end up liking that house sauce, note that they have extra to use at this counter-service eatery. Go ahead and slather it on!  <br> <strong>The Details: </strong>847 West Belmont Ave.; 773-549-3500 <br> <strong><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px; ">[Also See: <a href="">Chicago Fall Dining Guide</a>]</span></strong>

  • Kalbi taco at Del Seoul

    Chicago is rife with Korean BBQ. If you haven't had some yet, it's safe to say you're behind, but that can be easily fixed at Del Seoul, which is one of the few places putting it in a taco. Their kalbi taco has grilled beef short rib, cilantro-onion relish, "secret slaw" that has a nice spice level and toasted sesames, all in a white corn tortilla. There's a few things they've done very right here: the corn tortillas and the fact we always leave DYING to know what is in that secret slaw. Sadly, their lips are sealed.  <br> <strong>The Details: </strong>2568 North Clark St.; 773-248-4227 <br> <strong><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px; ">[Also See: <a href="">Chicago's 5 Best Hotel Restaurants</a>]</span></strong>

  • Pollo tacos at Mercadito

    One of the best things about this one? It's available for every meal. Herb-marinated chicken, bacon-garlic mojo, corn-avocado salad and crispy bacon come together with a great amount of kick and crunch. Mojo is a sauce usually made with garlic, oil and citrus juice, and this is Mercadito's secret taco weapon. <br> <strong>The Details:</strong> 108 West Kinzie St.; 312-329-9555<strong><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px; "> <br> [Also See: <a href="">Guy Fieri Talks His Stolen Sports Car</a>]</span>

  • Breakfast tacos at Bite Cafe

    Tacos in the morning? Yes, please. Bite's tacos are very simple: scrambled eggs, pepper jack cheese, black beans and pico de gallo. Good job on their part for realizing that Mexican breakfast should appear more often. Like, every day.  <br> <strong>The Details: </strong>1039 North Western Ave.; 773-395-2483<strong><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px; "> <br> [Also See: <a href="">First Look - City Winery</a>]</span>

  • Grilled sweet potato tacos at Bullhead Cantina

    Not every taco needs to be chock-full of meat. And what isn't better grilled? Alongside the potatoes are pickled cabbage, grilled red onion, roasted corn, lime and avocado. Great for vegetarians and veggie appreciators alike.<strong> <br> The Details: </strong>1143 North California Ave.; 773-772-8895<strong><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px; "> <br> [Also See: <a href="">Destination Burgers -10 Patties Worth a Trip</a>]</span></strong>

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