Mexican Restaurants in Old Irving Park, Chicago


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  • Tinajon Restaurant
    El Tinajon, a cozy eatery on West Montrose Avenue, has a long history of serving up authentic Guatemalan food to Chicagoans. "With two decades under its belt, this might just be the oldest Guatemalan spot in town," wrote Time Out Chicago. There's a good reason for the spot's longevity?fresh, sumptuous dishes laden with what the Chicago Reader called "wonderful seasonings." The food here tends to be a bit lighter than Mexican cuisine, and the depth of its flavor may be a pleasant surprise if you've never eaten Guatemalan food or interrogated a Guatemalan diplomat about their favorite dishes. Cooks saut? succulent shrimp with ginger and wine, and simmer Mayan chicken stew with imported Guatemalan spices. Crisp curtido salad (a mixture of cabbage, beets, and green beans) tops the enchilada guatemalteca. Food may be the biggest reason regulars keep coming back to El Tinajon, but it's not the only one; there's also live music every other weekend, and a bar stocked with sangria and the fixings for tropical margaritas.
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    4425 W Montrose Ave
    Chicago, IL US
  • Playa Escondida
    For casual cuisine that everyone will enjoy, stop by Playa Escondida for a Mexican-style menu in Chicago's Portage Park neighborhood. None of the fare at Playa Escondida is low-fat, so you'll have to put the diet aside for a visit here. Bring your whole brood to Playa Escondida, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together. Reservations are not accepted at Playa Escondida, so you may encounter a crowd during rush hours. No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Playa Escondida is ultra casual. With delivery and take-out options, you can enjoy Playa Escondida's cooking from the comfort of your own living room. You can also serve food from Playa Escondida at your next party — the restaurant offers catering. Playa Escondida patrons can find street parking at the North Cicero Avenue location. Prices tend towards the moderate side, with the average tab at Playa Escondida running under $30 per person.
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    3938 North Cicero Avenue
    Chicago, IL US
  • Rio Grande 7 Mares
    For tasty Mexican fare, Chicago's Rio Grande 7 Mares is hard to top. Come prepared to feast at Rio Grande 7 Mares — with no low-fat options, any diets will need to be put aside for the moment. Sometimes you need food fast, and Rio Grande 7 Mares totally gets it, offering both takeout and delivery. Don't fret! Parking options are readily available near Rio Grande 7 Mares. If you go out for a nice meal, it doesn't need to cost $100, come treat yourself at Rio Grande 7 Mares.
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    4012 W Montrose Ave
    Chicago, IL US
  • Taqueria El Primo
    A culinary gem, Taqueria El Primo in Chicago is a popular spot for great tacos. Not in the mood for the tacos? They offer a menu with plenty of options. Expect superb quality and a fantastic waitstaff that's worth the visit. No specific attire is required, so feel free to dress casually and comfortably. In addition to its quick service (take-out is available), the restaurant also offers delivery, and can even cater an event for you. Specializing in both lunch and dinner, a trip to Taqueria El Primo is definitely worthwhile. The service, in general, is "fresh" and "great," and food is "delicious" and "good." Visitors to the restaurant have the ability to park nearby on the street.
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    4317 N Elston Ave
    Chicago, IL US
  • Lomas Verdes
    For tasty Mexican fare, Chicago's Lomas Verdes is hard to top. No need to miss out on Lomas Verdes just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The restaurant has loads of options that can accommodate your dietary needs. With its spacious interior, Lomas Verdes is a great choice for big groups and celebrations. Reservations are offered, so call ahead to lock down your table. Getting your food to go is also an option. null Your bill at Lomas Verdes will rarely go over $15, so you can really indulge! Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Lomas Verdes.
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    4059 N Milwaukee Ave
    Chicago, IL US
  • Gonzales Mexican Restaurant
    Mexican cuisine set in a familiar atmosphere, Gonzales Mexican Restaurant features a delightful menu. The outstanding food, set in a familiar atmosphere, will have you coming back for more. There's not really a recommended attire, so feel free to dress comfortably. For those watching what they eat, the robust menu does feature items that are gluten-free, low-fat, and vegetarian. Plus, it's been tabbed as a nice option for both families with children and large groups. WiFi's available if you're trying to get some work done, and it offers convenient local delivery, and can even cater events in the area. All things considered, Gonzales definitely stands out from the rest.
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    4918 W Irving Park Rd
    Chicago, IL US

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