Did you ever want a friend that was exactly like you? Looks like you? Talks like you? Acts like you? Me neither. But, I got one, thirteen years ago. His name is Tyler. He’s smart, athletic, witty, interesting, funny and sexy….just like…well, I already told you. One thing he hasn’t done, though, is go on a taco tour stop.
So, I let my girlfriend out of her cage and we headed up to North Center to meet Tyler at Taqueria El Asadero. Asadero, I read, is a spot that has carne asada that rivals La Pasadita’s.
So, I ordered a carne asada, a pollo and an al pastor taco. What did Tyler, the person that’s exactly like me, order? That’s right, a carne asada burrito.
The carne asada is definitely good, but I don’t think it stands up to La Pasadita. It’s very juicy and has great grill flavor. I could have used some more powerful seasoning, but I’ll still consider it a very tasty taco nonetheless.
I had also read that the pollo is great, and it was. The taco has large chunks, which is the way to go to avoid stringy, dry chicken. The al pastor is very sweet. The adobo sauce gets carmelized on the exterior of the meat due to the high temperature grill. Very tasty, but very sweet. It also lacks the pineapple I’m used to….I know, total diva.
- Location: 2213 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago, IL (North Center)
- Tourists: Josh, Julia, Tyler
- Tacos sampled: carne asada, pollo, al pastor (also have lengua, chorizo, barbacoa, and chile rellenos)
- Toppings: lettuce, tomato, onions and cilantro
- Salsa: salsa roja (spicy)
- Extras: chips
- Tortillas: corn, double-up (uh, uh)
- Atmosphere: strip mall, small, order at counter, messy, busy, strip mall in the city?
- Price: $2.25-$2.35/taco
- OVERALL RATING: 7.5