Because variety is the spice of life, one must consume handfuls of cumin to avoid chronic boredom, monotonous routines, and amassed hordes of utility bills. Dine your way out of the doldrums with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Mexican fare at Taqueria Los Comales. Choose from the following locations: Little Village in Chicago, Niles, and Hanover Park.
For more than 30 years, Taqueria Los Comales’ kitchens have released conga lines of authentic, fresh Mexican cuisine in a quick and casual atmosphere. Pork tacos, seasoned with a secret marinade, onions, and fresh cilantro, headline the menu, and chorizo and beef tripe fill other tacos ($1.45 each), which tortilla whisperers can festoon with sour cream, avocado, or cheese (add $0.50). Hefty burritos ($4.60) smuggle shipments of ham and eggs, avocado, or steamed beef into vacant stomachs, and chicken platters ($9.50) arrive at diners’ tables more seasoned than an 80-year-old Broadway veteran. Fried sea bass ($9.50) and carne asada ($11.99) delight canines with expertly spiced flavor, perfectly sidekicked with a dish of just-mashed guacamole ($4.50). A bevy of beverages (starting at $0.80), including horchata, beer, and pink lemonade, quenches a variety of thirsts based on time of day, weather temperature, or Magic 8 Ball recommendations.
Taqueria Los Comales
When you get your first plate of Taqueria Los Comales’ signature Mexico-City-style tacos, you might be surprised by their size. Each double-wrapped taco is small enough to fit into your hand, a fact owner Camerino Gonzalez specifically had in mind when first making them in Chicago’s Little Village in 1973. Rather than have clients try just one of his signature meats, he wanted to allow guests to sample a wide variety of different options. Cooks stuff the soft tortillas with al pastor served in a secret marinade as well as more adventurous taqueria staples such as tongue or beef tripe. The restaurants’ homemade salsa and their own signature mix of pickled carrots, cauliflower, and jalapeños enhance these flavors, making meals as satisfying as the discovery that you’re tax exempt because of your cool haircut. Alongside the traditional tacos, chefs grill up meats for tortas, burritos, breakfast, and dinner platters, all of which can be paired with the shop’s glasses of creamy horchata or a range of Mexican and domestic beers.