El Norte's slender storefront stands on the triangular corner of Ridge, Broadway, and Bryn Mawr like a giant slice of cake, decorated in elegant trim that hugs its corners like bone-white frosting. Inside, the aromas of bubbling bone-in chicken soup, plump burritos toasting on the grill, and tortillas stuffed with sizzling carnitas, black beans, and leaves of fresh cilantro filter through the air. Glasses of sweet horchata pair with crispy tostadas stuffed with al pastor pork or grilled tilapia fillets touched with zesty notes of lime. As guests dine on shareable plates of chips and creamy guacamole, they gaze through the restaurant's huge windows and take in the sight of scenic Edgewater's leafy trees, copious foot traffic, and off-duty police horses smoking cigarettes.
Since 1988, Auto Care Super Saver has been helping car owners save cash with maintenance punch cards redeemable at local auto shops throughout the course of a full year. These cards come loaded with all kinds of prepaid services, including at least three full-service oil changes with up to 5 quarts of oil, lube, and a new filter. Depending on the location, punch cards may also feature tire rotations, brake inspections, engine-light readings, air-conditioning performance tests, and other repairs and inspections essential to a car's well-being. Customers can transfer the punch card's benefits to any ride, ranging from station wagons to sports cars to feral merry-go-round mounts.
Though mankind has created machines to clean their dishes, clothes, and teeth, the specialists at Spex Hand Car Wash know that the best way to wash a car is by hand. The manual process allows them to eliminate dirt from every nook and cranny while leaving the exterior with a glossy shine. They hand-dry each auto, too, and devote equal attention to its interior during add-on services such as tire conditioning or engine cleaning. The Dempster Street location offers maintenance services as well, which range from oil changes and tire rotations to more in-depth repairs.
The technicians at Strictly By Hand Car Wash and Detailing pamper their clients' cars as if they are brand-new babies. All detail services begin with their most luxe wash, which is done by hand from start to finish. Detail sessions can include polishing and wax on the exterior, and shampoo and conditioning on the interior. Three wash lanes and four detail bays keep waiting to a minimum. Meanwhile, customers sit out the treatments in a comfortable lounge stocked with snacks and drinks. There, they keep an eye on their rides through windows that look directly into the wash area, and they can pick up brand new floor mats or air fresheners to reward their cars for taking a bath without throwing a tantrum.
For more than 20 years, the staff at Quiroga Car Washes has cleansed auto interiors and exteriors utilizing state-of-the-art technologies and old-fashioned elbow grease. Detail services pamper façades with treatments such as tire shine and hand wax, and five types of car-wash packages indulge vehicles in varying levels of suds. Each Quiroga Car Washes location features a comfortable waiting room scented with the pleasant aromas of brewed coffee and newborn cars.
Pearl Auto Spa’s team of car cleaners makes sure that attention to detail is the hallmark of all of its car washes and details. All of the team's services feature a hand wash, and the highest-level detail includes waxing, buffing, and engine-compartment steam cleaning. Individual treatments include headlight restoration, dent removal, and window tinting.