There’s a certain novelty about eating tacos.
You don’t need silverware, there are countless ways to make them, and there’s a 50% chance you’ll be enjoying a Cerveza or margarita on the side.
Naturally, it’s ideal to eat tacos in the summer – but tacos are always good. And the city of Chicago has plenty of spots to back up that sentiment.
However, with September officially here and patio season in the home stretch, it’s probably a good time to talk the top tacos in Chicago.
Depending who you ask, that list will be completely different. It’s a big city. So we aren’t necessarily saying the below taco joints have the “best” tacos in the city. Instead, we’re just saying that all five places are really damn good from personal experience – and they give an encompassing taste of the city’s large taco variety.
We’ll call it an unofficial guide.
L’Patron has a hell of an argument for the best tacos in Chicago, and their lime green shell exterior is virtually impossible to miss. L’Patron has you captivated from the moment it catches your eye off Diversey (just past 90/94).
The only problem with this family-owned joint? It’s cash only. If you even call that a problem.
Big N’ Little’s
Yes, that Big N’ Little’s of Diners, Drive In’s, and Dives fame. If you’re looking for a really good fish taco then there’s really nowhere else to go. And as of last summer, they have two locations in Chicago — one of which is dangerously close to our office.
Like L’Patron, their Orleans location (the original) is cash only. But if you find yourself in the central Lakeview area (Belmont & Kenmore), you can enjoy these delicious tacos via any form of American currency.
More than anything, Big Star is known for its insanely awesome outdoor seating patio right in the heart of Wicker Park. That, plus their delicious tacos and thorough booze selection, probably make it the most well-known taco spot in the city.
The best way to sum up Big Star: They have both a whiskey and tequila menu. So yeah, any time you’re there, be prepared for an impromptu party. And the impending hit to your wallet.
There’s really only one way to grieve after an inevitable White Sox home loss — an authentic south side taco and ice cold beer.
That’s why Tio Luis (Pershing & Archer) is the prime spot to head after taking in a game at US Cellular Field. Just shoot due west for arguably the best old school authentic taco in the city – at a place the Chicago Tribune named “Chicago’s best taco” in 2006.
And it’s BYOB, so grab your own six-pack on the way over.
There’s good. There’s established. And then there’s sexy.
Velvet Taco, which originated in Texas but has recently expanded to Chicago, is quite easily the sexy new taco joint blowing up on social media around the city. Seriously, head to their Instagram page and I promise you’ll be at the cash register within 24 hours.
Who doesn’t like a fried egg and guacamole on a taco? Nobody, because it’s orgasmic. Not to mention, this place has possibly the best tots we’ve ever had – featuring bacon, egg, two types of cheese and avocado.