las asadas

A man, coming out of his cage, to eat Las Asadas.

I have a friend named Billy who lived in the Lazo’s parking lot. Actually, he lived in an apartment in a building adjacent to Lazo’s parking lot. That would be weird if he just lived in the parking lot. Whenever people talk about Lazo’s vs Arturo’s he says that Las Asadas, about a quarter block to the north, is superior to both. So what did I do? I went on down to check it out with my ol’ friend….Justin.

Billy’s right. Las Asadas is better than both. The carne asada taco is one of the best (I was going to say amazing, but that word is way too overused on my block). It rivals La Pasadita any day. The meat is very tender and grilled perfectly. They load up the tacos with meat and onions and cilantro.

I also had a chile relleno (first one on the tour, whoot!). It was huge, spicy, extra cheesy and very tasty (the taco). If I was a hippy vegetarian, I’d have this erryday.

My third taco was a picadillo. It sorta resembled Taco Bell, but was a little more salty. I’ll let you choose if that’s good or bad…

They have a salsa negro that needs to be mentioned. It’s spicy and smoky and very tasty. Ok, it’s been mentioned.

Da breakdown:

  • Location:  2045 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL (Bucktown)
  • Tourists:  Josh, Justin
  • Tacos sampled:  carne asada, picadillo, chile relleno (also have pollo, lengua, vegetariano, barbacoa)
  • Toppings:  onions and cilantro
  • Salsa:  salsa verde and salsa negra
  • Extras:  nada
  • Tortillas:  corn
  • Atmosphere:  small, busy, order at counter, authentico
  • Price:  $2.05-$3.50/taco
  • OVERALL RATING: 8.5
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6 thoughts on “las asadas

  1. Florida was a big fan of this place, too and felt the same way. I think I had it once. I guess I’ve always been turned off to the fact that there isn’t much room to sit… doesn’t feel friendly. Wait, is that a face? I guess I actually don’t remember. Also. I think it’s “ol’ friend Justin”, rather than “ole’ friend Justin” and you have a 0 instead of an o in the word taco down at the price.

  2. Karen

    eating tacos with your ole friends makes it more festive.

  3. Toby

    I agree that their carne asada tacos are excellent, but I have to order them to go. The place is dirty, they charge for chips and the battle ax at the register is the least friendly Mexican not inside a California prison. If I could order from Las Asadas and eat it over at Lazo’s, I’d be a happier taco tourist.

    • If I remember correctly, which I probably don’t, Justin and I were the first customers of the day there. It was early. Maybe your girlfriend hadn’t gotten time to build up any hatred in the day yet. I’ve been meaning to go back, so I’ll make sure to try a more busy time and we can compare notes. Thanks, Toby!

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