taqueria los comales #11

I know. I need one of them fancy I-Phones.

I live about a block and a half from Taqueria Los Comales. I went there one time about four years ago. It was about 3:30 in the morning, though, and I can’t quite recall how it was. Weird.

I walk, drive and ride by it all the time wonder how it is, basically as if I’ve never been. So, I put on my hiking boots, pulled out the trail mix, and saddled up my philly for the jaunt down Milwaukee Avenue to try their tacos again.

The first thing I noticed? They have brain tacos on the menu. But they don’t actually have them. They’re just on the menu. Weak.

The second thing I noticed? The troughs of pickled veggies they have on each table. I counted 21 tables in the place. That’s conservatively 50 gallons of pickled veggies in the place sitting out at one time. I hope they have a lot of refrigerator space.

The tacos themselves are decent, but they’re very small and are a little skimpy on the filling. The bistec tastes pretty good, but I felt like I needed more than a scantily clad silver dollar taco to quench my hunger. Likewise, the al pastor has good flavor, but they’re missing the grilled onion and pineapple normally accompanying the marinated pork.

The cecina is interesting and is probably my favorite taco I tried. The meat is one piece of flat, quarter inch thick, grilled dehydrated steak. It’s different than the other cecina I’ve tried, but definitely better. It was flavored nicely, like the others, but was unique and contained more meat.

The wait staff is very sombre and the mood of the place is kind of a bummer. It’s a little dirty, too. Also, the enchiladas look good, as long as you like them soupy.

A lime shouldn’t look big next to your taco…

BUT, they are open at 3:30 in the morning….

On to the next stop.

  • Location:  2148 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL (Logan Square)
  • Tourists:  Josh, Julia
  • Tacos sampled:  bistec, al pastor, cecina (also have lengua, tripas, pollo, barbacoa de res, suadero and chorizo)
  • Toppings:  onions and cilantro, limes
  • Salsa:  salsa verde, salsa roja
  • Extras:  pickled veggies (no tortilla chips)
  • Tortillas:  corn (muy pequeno)
  • Atmosphere:  dirty, troughs of pickled veggies, stoic wait staff, 21 tables, 7 patrons.
  • Price: $1.69/taco
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