taco fresco

Not very fresco.

Not very fresco.

There are a lot of taco combinations in the world that work very well together: Taco Bell-KFC, taco pizza and Choco-tacos, just to name a few. So, have you ever wanted to go to a place that’s a taco joint and a hot dog hut in one? Me neither. But, after fulfilling my civic duties on jury duty, I decided to meet my little princess downtown at Taco Fresco. Taco Fresco shares its small space with Millenium Dogs in the Loop.

So, how are the tacos?…Well, let’s just say that the colorful interior and their collection of hot sauces on the wall are the most exciting things inside.

I’m going to make this simple and plain, just like the tacos. They serve the meat inside two overly thick, bland corn tortillas. The wall of tortilla masks any flavor that the tacos should have. Fortunately, there isn’t any flavor, so the tortillas aren’t hiding anything.

The steak is very blase and a little dry. No me gusta. The chicken is at least cut into chunks, but is still dry and flavorless. No me gusta. The shrimp is ok in terms of how it’s cooked, but it, too, lacks any spice or flavor. No me gusta. There are more options, but I’m pretty sure I’d run into the same problems with any choice.

The tacos are topped with chihuahua cheese, lettuce and pico de gallo. The toppings provide the only moisture your mouth will sense. They also have a small variety of salsas to choose from. I suggest loading up on the salsa so your tongue knows you’re actually eating something and not chewing on a shoe box…

In conclusion, this place is boring and not worth going to. Try the hot dogs. Or, better yet, don’t look for tacos

I know there's some flavor hiding somewhere under there...

I know there’s some flavor hiding somewhere under there…

downtown. Stick to the neighborhoods.

In the immortal words of my late homie Nate Dogg, hope you’re ready for the next episode…

  • Location:  180 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL (The Loop)
  • Tourists:  Josh, Julia
  • Tacos sampled:  steak, chicken, shrimp (also have beef, grilled vegetable, yellow fin tuna, black bean, refried bean, or guacamole)
  • Toppings:  chihuahua cheese, lettuce, pico de gallo
  • Salsa:  tomatillo (mild), roja (medium), que mada (hot), jalapeno (very hot)
  • Extras:  none
  • Tortillas:  corn
  • Atmosphere:  quiet, wall of hot sauce, loopy, plain, 1/2 taco joint-1/2 hot dog joint?
  • Price:  $2.15-$2.95/taco
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