chicken run campeche restaurant

Dreamy Eyes.

Chicken Run Campeche is located on Milwaukee in Logan Square on a block with many taco choices. The restaurant prides itself on its pollo and mariscos. BUT, they do have tacos, so I went with my childhood little league baseball rival Justin to check it out (he was on the Orioles, I was on the Tigers….we totally destroyed them).

First thing I noticed: we were the only ones there. Usually not a great sign. The only other person to come in was a homeless guy that came in to use the bathroom, ask us for money, and tell Justin that he had dreamy eyes (all 100% true). Justin’s not available, so he didn’t take the bait.

Tacos. Right. Obviously, I had to try the pollo tacos. The chicken is cut up in chunks, which is much better than the shred up chicken strings most places serve. They are still a little dry, though. The chicken has pretty good flavor, and with enough of the chunky, sweet, spicy, smoky salsa rojo they serve, the taco is pretty good. The carne asada tacos are good as well. They are seasoned and cooked well, but I could have used a little more onions and cilantro (I AM a taco diva). The chile relleno taco was also pretty good, as long as you don’t mind a bit of a mess. It’s pretty spicy and cheesy and overflows like a fat girl in skinny jeans.

For a place that doesn’t emphasize their tacos, and for a forgotten spot on Taco Avenue, this place holds up pretty well.

The deets:

  • Location:  2339 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL (Logan Square)
  • Tourists:  Josh, Justin
  • Tacos sampled:  carne asada, pollo, chile relleno (also have al pastor, vegetariano and chorizo)
  • Toppings:  onions and cilantro
  • Salsa:  salsa roja (chunky, smoky, sweet)
  • Extras:  chips
  • Tortillas:  corn
  • Atmosphere:  empty, good seating, empty, nice people, empty
  • Price: $1.85-$2.50/taco
  • OVERALL RATING: 7.5
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