Type: Rogers Park Tacos
It has been a long 8 months since my last taco review. I have considered retiring this blog because I simply do not have time to continue reviewing taco places, but instead the frequency will just be turned down to a level reasonable enough for me to give you a proper taco review without really rushing through it.
What tacos have I eaten since my last review, you ask? A lot, of course. But there was one place that would always stand out in my mind, and it was El Pueblito on Clark in Rogers Park. I went there once on a whim, and I found it delightfully tacotastic. One of the things I really like about this place is that it gives you more than one delicious salsa, and any place that gives you options is good in my book. They also put all kinds of veggies in their rice, which is also awesome. Unless you are 5 years old, you should be able to appreciate this.
After having a seat with my friend and fellow taco / burrito lover Kylene, we got to orderin’. I ordered one steak, one pastor, one conchinita pibil, and one chorizo taco. Whenever I order rainbow of tacos like this I usually explain to people it’s for a taco blog, lest I look like the world’s biggest glutton, but a true taco lover wouldn’t bat an eye. Right?
My gaffe here was after ordering, I forgot to explicitly state I prefer onions and cilantro on all of my tacos, not just the pastor taco. So I had to sort of track her down in the restaurant and let her know before the tacos came to dinner dressed in the wrong outfits. It looked a little strange i’m sure as she was sort of in the kitchen and this place is pretty small, but priorities.
And I know I’ve gone on about this before, what is this whole lettuce and tomato thing? Lettuce and tomatoes must be the most boring vegetables to dress your tacos with. They are the Charlie Rose and Larry King of the vegetable world. Great if you want something mellow, not great if your tastebuds want to stay awake past midnight.
Anyways, our server came back a little while later to tell us they ran out of conchinita pibil, which is a bummer, so I substituted carnitas. Knock off some points there.
When the tacos finally arrived, at first glance, I really couldn’t tell the difference between any of them. I really had to kind of open them up, like a beautiful flower, to really see what was doin’ in each of these tacos. And just like a beautiful flower offers up it’s delicious pollen to the honeybee, El Pueblito’s tacos did not disappoint on flavor.
The steak taco was a solid 4 out of 5 chili’s, flavorful, salty, and delicious. Although the al pastor couldn’t really compete with places like Carmela’s, L Patron, or Big Star, it was still a solid taco that any taco lover would not kick out of bed. The chorizo taco… see, my problem with chorizo tacos, well I wouldn’t really call it a problem, but, I don’t feel the same tender loving care is really put into chorizo tacos as much as other tacos. The chorizo taco is the redheaded bastard stepchild of the taco world. There seems to be a recipe every single taco place uses to make their chorizo, and with the few exceptions of the places that maybe undersalt them, they pretty much all taste the same. We deserve a better chorizo taco! How about some variety? As for the carnitas taco, I honestly was pretty full at that point, so carnitas did not get a fair shake. I will tell you this, it was probably the least appetizing looking of all the tacos, but that was probably my stomach telling me to slow down before I had to unbutton the top button of my pantalones.
This is one of my favorite spots in Rogers Park, but if you’ve ever driven down Clark, you know there are a million spots on that row, so of course it is my duty to try every single one of them. And if you’re a good American, you will make it your duty as well. See what I did there? The tacos were pretty affordable, I think actually under 2 dollars each if my memory serves me, which it usually doesn’t. There almost always is parking out front, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding a spot. As a matter of fact, I don’t even think I had to pay a meter, which is unheard of on Clark. And lastly, I should say the the art is pretty amazing. That’s pretty much it, now go get yourself some tacos!
I give El Pueblito 3.5 out of 5 chiles.