restaurant el charro

I’m very torn on El Charro. They have one of my all-time favorite tacos. But, they also served me the worst taco I’ve ever had; maybe ever made.

mmmmm, pig skin…

Basically, don’t ever order the chicharron (pig skin). I thought the pig skin was going to come out fried, like pork rinds. Nope. The skin had a gelatinous consistency as if it had been boiled. It was rubbery, slimy and all around awful. I’d like to chalk that up to pig skin being gross, and not to El Charro.

The birria (goat) on the other hand, is awesome. It has the texture of a beef roast and is seasoned like an al pastor. I don’t see a lot of places that have this on the menu, but after eating this, I think more should. El Charro has a great variety of tacos as well. No cabeza and no mariscos, but other than that, they’ve got it all (see below). I also sampled the carne asade. Good ‘nuf.

The stats….

  • Location: 2410 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL (Logan Square)
  • Tourists:  Josh
  • Tacos sampled:  chicharron, birria, asada (also have picadillo, pollo, chorizo, barbacoa, lengua, bistec, al pastor, vegetariano and chille relleno tacos)
  • Toppings: onions and cilantro or lettuce and tomato and lime
  • Salsa: salsa verde and salsa roja
  • Extras: chips
  • Tortillas: corn
  • Atmosphere: lonely, decent seating, telenovelas, quiet, 24 hours
  • Price: $1.95 – $2.50/taco
  • OVERALL RATING: 6.5
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