My Wish List

Here are some places that I’ve read about or been told about that are on my radar:

Supermercado Almita

5957 N. Clark St.

Chicago, IL (Edgewater)

Frontera Grill

445 N. Clark St.

Chicago, IL (Near North Side)

Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill

300 W. 26th St.

Chicago, IL (Chinatown)


2408 N. Lincoln Ave.

Chicago, IL (Lincoln Park)

Tacos Erendira

3207 S. Halsted St.

Chicago, IL (Bridgeport)

Los Comales #3

1544 W. 18th St.

Chicago, IL (Pilsen)

Carnitas Don Pedro

1113 W. 18th St.

Chicago, IL (Pilsen)

Taqueria Traspasada

811 N. Ashland Ave.

Chicago, IL (Ukrainian Village)

Rubi’s Tacos (Maxwell Street Market)

800 S. Des Plaines St.

Chicago, IL (University Village)

El Tinajon Restaurant

2054 W. Roscoe St.

Chicago, IL (Roscoe Village)

Birrieria Zaragoza

4852 S. Pulaski Rd.

Chicago, IL (Archer Heights)

La Rosita

4450 S. Kedzie Ave.

Chicago, IL (Brighton Park)

Paco’s Tacos

4311 S. Archer Ave.

Chicago, IL (Brighton Park)

Valentina’s Restaurant

4506 W. 63rd St.

Chicago, IL (West Lawn)

La Lagartija Taqueria

132 S. Ashland Ave.

Chicago, IL (Near West Side)

Barrio Urban Taqueria

714 W. Diversey Pkwy.

Chicago, IL (Lakeview)

Roy’s Taco House

732 N. College Ave.

Geneseo, IL (Quad City Area)

Pinche Tacos

1514 York St.

Denver, CO


4200 N. Lamar Blvd.

Austin, TX

Chico’s Tacos

4230 Alameda Ave.

El Paso, TX

Fusion Taco

801 Congress Ave.

Houston, TX (Downtown)

Guerilla Tacos (food truck)

582 Mateo St.

Los Angeles, CA (Art District)

Los Cinco Puntos

3300 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave.

Los Angeles, CA

Alebrije’s Grill (food truck)

Cubbon St. and S. Main St.

Santa Ana, CA (Orange County)

Oscar’s Mexican Seafood

703 Turquoise St.

San Diego, CA

Mission Cantina

172 Orchard St.

New York, NY (Lower East Side)

Taqueria El Idolo (food truck)

W. 14th St. and 8th Ave.

New York, NY (Chelsea)

Chicago Taco was on the list, but it closed 2 days after opening…..

I know some of these have more than one location, but I put the address at which I’ll most likely be dining. Feel free to add any suggestions of taco joints or specific tacos…

Oh, and I’d like to try some places that aren’t Mexican too. So if you have a favorite Cuban, Guatemalan, Columbian, whatever, taco, let me know.


19 thoughts on “My Wish List

  1. Graham

    La Tacorea – 847 W Belmont

    La Juanitas – Sioux City, IA

    You’re welcome.

  2. Karen

    let’s dine together here soon and we can pre- or post-party at my new crib – … their fish tacos were given a good nod in TimeOut’s recent taco issue.

  3. Toby

    I think Picante on Division is worth a review.

  4. Cara Jay

    Casa Teresa in Troncones Mexico. Looks like you need to come with next time!

  5. Travis

    Taco Bell

  6. Taco Ambassador

    Get your passport stamped at Carmela’s Taqueria, at Lawrence and Broadway. Awesome hole in the wall and they’ve got al pastor on the trompo and it’s good stuff. Not advertised as BYOB but they are totally fine with it.

  7. Marshal

    You’re still teaching, right? You need to get them to fund a trip to SXSWEdu next year so you can hit Austin’s Taco Trucks.

    • Yup, still teaching. That’s actually how this thing started. I have summers off and a million taco places around me. I need to go to SXSW for many reasons, but you’re right, their food scene is definitely one. Thanks, yo! How’d the first tomato taste?

    • I just looked up SXSWedu…now I get what you’re saying more. Sorry, I’m a little dumb.

      • Marshal

        Well, you can go to all of it, but if you tack on the -Edu portion of the festivities maybe you could get your travel and some of your lodging paid for. Start scouring for grants or something – I’ll be there (at least for the Edu part) next year.

  8. Billy White

    Oscar’s Mexican Seafood in San Diego, Josh.

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