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L’Patron Tacos is a taqueria that lives up to the hype that surrounds it. The food is so good that people are willing to wait upwards of 30 minutes to get their hands on their awesome tacos. Your best bet is to call in your order ahead of time so that you can shave off a few minutes from your wait. The House Specials—Gringo and Gringa—are the highlight of the menu, because they feature their handmade tortillas.

Their fantastic tacos are affordable, so it’s always recommended to order a variety of them, so go ahead and pick a few off the menu and see why L’ Patron Tacos is worth the wait.

We Love Their: Lomo Encebollado, Gringo, Gringa

2815 W Diversey Ave
(773) 252-6335
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Rick Bayless achieved international fame through his PBS series “Mexico: One Plate at a Time.” But long before he became a world-famous chef, locals knew him for his award-winning Frontera Grill. Established in 1987, this landmark restaurant is still serving some of the best Mexican food in the city and has an impressive selection of lethal margaritas like the Paloma Oaxaqueña.

Whether you’re craving Mexican classics like tamales, or refined duck, you can’t leave Chicago without a trip to Frontera Grill.

We Love Their: Signature Starter, Duck in Salsa Macha, Paloma Oaxaquena

445 N Clark St
(312) 661-1434



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With both a set, year round menu, alongside specialty, seasonal, rotating dishes, you can discover something new and different with every visit to Salpicón. They were voted Best Wine List of 2014 by World of Fine Wine, but the margaritas are a particular favorite, as they’re as near perfectly mixed as they are strong.

A great spot for a date, they also can accommodate large groups for private events, and their Sunday brunch is an excellent, underrated option. Salpicón is a discovery you need to make.

We Love Their: Seviche, Camarones Al Mojo De Ajo, Chiles Rellenos

1252 N Wells St
(312) 988-7811