Rick and Ashley Ortiz have been cooking out of a shared kitchen for their Antique Kitchen Catering company. But come May 16, that will all change when they open their shabby chic-designed Wicker Park storefront Antique Taco. The couple aims to showcase their shared passion for cooking traditional Mexican fare like masas and tacos as well as their love for antiquing.
Everything in the space, from the plates, stools and chairs to the custom-made blue barn wood counter top and tables were either found while antiquing or built by Wicker Park shop FoundRe using reclaimed materials.
The opening menu will feature dishes like tacos (adobo-rubbed and tamarind-glazed pork carnitas; crispy tempura fish with smoked cabbage and sriracha tartar sauce); Maine lobster on a masa biscuit with lobster gravy; toasted tortilla soup; and chicken meatball and mole poblano.
While Rick Ortiz, who worked at Courtright's in Willow Springs, will make the tortillas in house, the couple is sourcing a lot of the ingredients locally. They'll get the masa from El Popo Tortilleria in Pilsen; Slagel Farms will provide the pork and chicken; cheese curds will come from Wisconsin's Nordic Creamery; and they'll get beans from Three Sisters Garden. It may not open for a week, but check out the menu now.