While traditional Mexican food reigns king in Chicago, there are a couple of Tex Mex gems sprinkled through the city. For Texas-style Mexican fare (and plenty of queso) way up north, these are your spots.
This place is a haven for made-from-scratch dishes and smoky mesquite flavor. The drinks are tasty and strong, and it’s an awesome spot to bring a group for a celebration. There’s a line out the door every weekend, and whether you sit on the outdoor patio or inside the colorful, lively inside dining area, you won’t be disappointed.
The Big State
The chalkboard menu here isn’t very large, but the tacos are. You’ll get plenty of bang for your buck, with tacos at about $2.75 each, and everything is cooked to order and seasoned perfectly. The limonada and horchata are top-notch and tortillas are homemade.
You can find The Big State at 624 N Ashland Ave.
With an extensive tequila list of over 150 options and killer margaritas, you can’t go wrong at El Mariachi. This family-owned spot serves up guacamole made tableside and features live mariachi music, plus both a patio and party room so you can celebrate any occasion.