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Taco Pub’s Opening Brings Mezcal, Al Pastor & More to the Loop

Broken English Taco Pub showcases many Mexican flavors

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Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

Cinco de Mayo will bring Adolfo Garcia's (Son of A Butcher Tavern, Pearl Tavern) tacos downtown. Garcia's described Broken English Taco Pub as a very personal project, one that could turn into a popular lunch hotspot or a post-work happy hour oasis. The name is a good-natured joke poking fun of the chef's mastery of the language.

The restaurant, a joint venture with Phil Stefani, opens at 5 p.m. on Thursday with an interior decorated with bright colors paying homage to Garcia's native Mexico. Fans of luchadores will find plenty of the Mexican-masked wrestlers on murals. There's also a mural reminiscent of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, along with a long bar with plenty of libations including margaritas.

Tacos come two to an order and range from $6 to $10. There's also a smoked trout guacamole. Read the full menu below, which also includes breakfast tacos and tortas. Garcia said he wanted to represent a variety of Mexican regions.

The cocktails have aggressive and kitschy names like the Rattlesnake Piñata (herradura tequila blanco, prickly pear puree, maraschino liqueur, yellow chartreuse, lime, sweet-hot salt). Four out of the five drinks are $12. Pacifico is the only draft beer available, for now.

Take a look at the photos above and the menu below. Quick note: They'll be closed this Sunday due to Mother's Day.

Broken English Taco Pub, 75 E. Lake St., (312) 929-3601, open 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Sunday through Monday.

Broken English Taco Pub Opening Menu by Ashok Selvam