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Taqueria Chingon is making waves with its al pastor and premium ingredient tacos.
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11 Great New Tacos to Try in Chicago

Savor quesabirria, fusion-style tacos, and more

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Taqueria Chingon is making waves with its al pastor and premium ingredient tacos.
| Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

Chicagoans know a thing or two about great tacos. From classic al pastor shaved off a trompo to quesabirria served out of mobile kitchens, delicious tacos can be found in just about every neighborhood. Just as exciting: New taquerias are constantly opening up all over the city. Check out the Eater Chicago Essential Tacos Map for the best of the best; the list below highlights the latest and most noteworthy ones of the past year or so. It includes hotspot Taqueria Chingon, Lebanese-Mexican specialist Evette’s, and food trucks Flo’s Kitchen and Taco Boom

As of March 2, Chicago restaurants are permitted to serve customers indoors with a 50 percent maximum capacity per room, or 50 people — whichever is fewer. At the same time, despite winter weather, a number of Chicago restaurants continue to offer outdoor seating. Regardless, the state requires reservations for both indoor and outdoor dining. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as an endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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1. ATX Bodega

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2301 W Foster Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 681-0135
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Inspired by the food truck tacos sold in Austin, Texas, ATX Bodega offers choices such as quesabirria, carne asada, and carne guisada. Breakfast tacos, a favorite in the South, are also available daily. Carryout orders can be placed here.

A plate of four tacos.
ATX Bodega brings Texas-style tacos to Lincoln Square.
ATX Bodega [Official Photo]

2. Flo’s Kitchen

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3335 N Troy St
Chicago, IL 60618

Operating out of a food truck in Avondale, Flo’s Kitchen dishes out delectable quesabirria tacos. Chef Flo Gutierrez and his family have stationed the mobile kitchen behind their home at 3335 N. Troy Street and attracted customers hungry for some of the city’s finest tacos. Unlike most versions of quesabirria, the Gutierrezes use steamed goat instead of beef as their filling. Flo’s Kitchen is open on weekends when the weather permits; check Instagram for the most up-to-date hours.

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3. Taqueria Chingon

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2234 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 687-9408
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The city’s hottest, and arguably best, tacos can be found on Western Avenue in Bucktown. Le Bouchon chef Oliver Poilevey and partners Sotero Gallego and Marcos Ascencio have opened a Mexico City-style taqueria, complete with trompos of al pastor. There are two versions — one featuring traditional marinated pork and a meatless variation made of marinated Portobello mushroom and celery root — alongside less common options like duck carnitas, morcilla (blood sausage), and costilla (short rib), all of which are served on handmade corn tortillas. Past creations have also used luxe ingredients, such as truffles and foie gras. For carryout ordering, click here.

Two tacos with corn tortillas sitting in a tray.
Taqueria Chingon’s al pastor tacos are the star of the show.
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4. Evette's

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350 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 799-8478
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One of 2020’s most exciting openings highlights the Lebanese influence on Mexican cuisine. At Lincoln Park’s Evette’s, co-chefs and owners Mitchell AbouJamra and Rafa Esparza have created a menu that joins and honors the flavors they grew up with. The results are tacos loaded with chicken arabes (chicken shawarma), gyro meat, halloumi, and more. Carryout and delivery orders can be placed here.

A tray of three tacos.
The tacos at Evette’s go in a bold, yet nontraditional, direction.
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5. Taquizo

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1835 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 289-4991
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The owners of Wicker Park mainstay Las Palmas shuttered the restaurant in 2020 and transformed it into Taquizo. The new casual taqueria focuses on Mexican street fare and offers a variety of both regular tacos and quesatacos that are rolled in crisped melted cheese. The latter can be enjoyed with fillings like al pastor, hongos, and suadero — a cut of beef between the cow’s belly and leg. Online ordering is available here.

A taco with meat and toppings.
Taquizo is the successor to longtime Mexican stalwart Las Palmas.
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6. Azul Mariscos

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1177 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(773) 770-3766
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Situated next to the North Branch of the Chicago River, this West Town spot provides views of the water and downtown skyline plus Latin-inspired seafood. The grilled marinated Gulf shrimp tacos — dressed with red cabbage, avocado, and chipotle aioli — are the ones to try. Order them for carryout or delivery here.

7. Tiny Taqueria (Green Door Tavern)

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Pick up on Huron Kitchen Door, 678 N Orleans St
Chicago, IL 60654

Venerable Chicago watering hole Green Door Tavern has launched a new virtual restaurant out of its kitchen. Led by the tavern’s longtime chef, Tiny Taqueria specializes in beef birria tacos. The slow-braised meat is wrapped in crisped tortillas and topped with onions, cilantro, and melted chihuahua cheese (optional but recommended). To finish, it’s served with bone marrow consommé for dipping. Order for carryout and delivery here.

8. Boonie Foods

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125 S Clark St
Chicago, IL 60603

Filipino-American pop-up Boonie Foods has established a permanent residence inside Revival Food Hall. Chef Joseph Fontelera, who previously worked at Arami, pays homage to the food he grew up eating. His “Boonie Bomb tacos” are a culinary mashup starring flour tortillas packed with Filipino specialties that include sisig, vigan longganisa, and grilled eggplant. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed on Tock.

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9. Pilsen Yards

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1163 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 243-2410
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The replacement for former Pilsen hotspot Monnie Burke’s has proved to be a hit like its predecessor thanks to a heated and covered patio and lineup of Mexican-inspired bites. The tempura-battered fish and the shrimp tacos are standouts, but don’t overlook the cauliflower and sweet potato option. Carryout orders can be placed here.

10. Taylor’s Tacos (at Dock’s)

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321 E 35th St
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 929-2336
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Though Taylor’s Tacos currently operates as a catering business in East Garfield Park, folks can also try their delicious offerings at Dock’s (321 E. 35th Street) on the South Side. Owners Taylor and Maya Mason make a host of different tacos but the can’t-miss is the fish, which showcases Dock’s catfish topped with red cabbage, crumbled cheese, and cilantro. Taylor’s Tacos pops up at Persona Lounge (408 S. Wells Street) as well on Thursdays through Saturdays. Check Instagram for more info.

11. Taco Boom

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4753 W 47th St
Chicago, IL 60632

The quesabirria craze arrived in Chicago last year and this South Side food truck was one of the first to get in on the action. The Tijuana-style birria de res tacos — originally popularized in Los Angeles — feature slow-cooked beef and melted cheese tucked inside a red-hued tortilla that’s been crisped in the meat’s fat. A cup of consommé, meant for dipping or sipping, accompanies the dish. Taco Boom can be found at two locations: 4753 W. 47th Street and at the interaction of 79th Street and Lawndale Avenue. Check Instagram for the most up-to-date info.

1. ATX Bodega

2301 W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
A plate of four tacos.
ATX Bodega brings Texas-style tacos to Lincoln Square.
ATX Bodega [Official Photo]

Inspired by the food truck tacos sold in Austin, Texas, ATX Bodega offers choices such as quesabirria, carne asada, and carne guisada. Breakfast tacos, a favorite in the South, are also available daily. Carryout orders can be placed here.

2301 W Foster Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

2. Flo’s Kitchen

3335 N Troy St, Chicago, IL 60618
Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

Operating out of a food truck in Avondale, Flo’s Kitchen dishes out delectable quesabirria tacos. Chef Flo Gutierrez and his family have stationed the mobile kitchen behind their home at 3335 N. Troy Street and attracted customers hungry for some of the city’s finest tacos. Unlike most versions of quesabirria, the Gutierrezes use steamed goat instead of beef as their filling. Flo’s Kitchen is open on weekends when the weather permits; check Instagram for the most up-to-date hours.

3335 N Troy St
Chicago, IL 60618

3. Taqueria Chingon

2234 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Two tacos with corn tortillas sitting in a tray.
Taqueria Chingon’s al pastor tacos are the star of the show.
Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

The city’s hottest, and arguably best, tacos can be found on Western Avenue in Bucktown. Le Bouchon chef Oliver Poilevey and partners Sotero Gallego and Marcos Ascencio have opened a Mexico City-style taqueria, complete with trompos of al pastor. There are two versions — one featuring traditional marinated pork and a meatless variation made of marinated Portobello mushroom and celery root — alongside less common options like duck carnitas, morcilla (blood sausage), and costilla (short rib), all of which are served on handmade corn tortillas. Past creations have also used luxe ingredients, such as truffles and foie gras. For carryout ordering, click here.

2234 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

4. Evette's

350 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
A tray of three tacos.
The tacos at Evette’s go in a bold, yet nontraditional, direction.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

One of 2020’s most exciting openings highlights the Lebanese influence on Mexican cuisine. At Lincoln Park’s Evette’s, co-chefs and owners Mitchell AbouJamra and Rafa Esparza have created a menu that joins and honors the flavors they grew up with. The results are tacos loaded with chicken arabes (chicken shawarma), gyro meat, halloumi, and more. Carryout and delivery orders can be placed here.

350 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

5. Taquizo

1835 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
A taco with meat and toppings.
Taquizo is the successor to longtime Mexican stalwart Las Palmas.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

The owners of Wicker Park mainstay Las Palmas shuttered the restaurant in 2020 and transformed it into Taquizo. The new casual taqueria focuses on Mexican street fare and offers a variety of both regular tacos and quesatacos that are rolled in crisped melted cheese. The latter can be enjoyed with fillings like al pastor, hongos, and suadero — a cut of beef between the cow’s belly and leg. Online ordering is available here.

1835 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

6. Azul Mariscos

1177 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

Situated next to the North Branch of the Chicago River, this West Town spot provides views of the water and downtown skyline plus Latin-inspired seafood. The grilled marinated Gulf shrimp tacos — dressed with red cabbage, avocado, and chipotle aioli — are the ones to try. Order them for carryout or delivery here.

1177 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

7. Tiny Taqueria (Green Door Tavern)

Pick up on Huron Kitchen Door, 678 N Orleans St, Chicago, IL 60654

Venerable Chicago watering hole Green Door Tavern has launched a new virtual restaurant out of its kitchen. Led by the tavern’s longtime chef, Tiny Taqueria specializes in beef birria tacos. The slow-braised meat is wrapped in crisped tortillas and topped with onions, cilantro, and melted chihuahua cheese (optional but recommended). To finish, it’s served with bone marrow consommé for dipping. Order for carryout and delivery here.

Pick up on Huron Kitchen Door, 678 N Orleans St
Chicago, IL 60654

8. Boonie Foods

125 S Clark St, Chicago, IL 60603
Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

Filipino-American pop-up Boonie Foods has established a permanent residence inside Revival Food Hall. Chef Joseph Fontelera, who previously worked at Arami, pays homage to the food he grew up eating. His “Boonie Bomb tacos” are a culinary mashup starring flour tortillas packed with Filipino specialties that include sisig, vigan longganisa, and grilled eggplant. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed on Tock.

125 S Clark St
Chicago, IL 60603

9. Pilsen Yards

1163 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608

The replacement for former Pilsen hotspot Monnie Burke’s has proved to be a hit like its predecessor thanks to a heated and covered patio and lineup of Mexican-inspired bites. The tempura-battered fish and the shrimp tacos are standouts, but don’t overlook the cauliflower and sweet potato option. Carryout orders can be placed here.

1163 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608

10. Taylor’s Tacos (at Dock’s)

321 E 35th St, Chicago, IL 60616

Though Taylor’s Tacos currently operates as a catering business in East Garfield Park, folks can also try their delicious offerings at Dock’s (321 E. 35th Street) on the South Side. Owners Taylor and Maya Mason make a host of different tacos but the can’t-miss is the fish, which showcases Dock’s catfish topped with red cabbage, crumbled cheese, and cilantro. Taylor’s Tacos pops up at Persona Lounge (408 S. Wells Street) as well on Thursdays through Saturdays. Check Instagram for more info.

321 E 35th St
Chicago, IL 60616

11. Taco Boom

4753 W 47th St, Chicago, IL 60632

The quesabirria craze arrived in Chicago last year and this South Side food truck was one of the first to get in on the action. The Tijuana-style birria de res tacos — originally popularized in Los Angeles — feature slow-cooked beef and melted cheese tucked inside a red-hued tortilla that’s been crisped in the meat’s fat. A cup of consommé, meant for dipping or sipping, accompanies the dish. Taco Boom can be found at two locations: 4753 W. 47th Street and at the interaction of 79th Street and Lawndale Avenue. Check Instagram for the most up-to-date info.

4753 W 47th St
Chicago, IL 60632

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