While I don't claim to be an expert in the char-grilled steak taco arena, my family background gives me a very good basis for debating this topic. My parents were born and raised in Mexico but most importantly, I spent many summers as a child in Monterrey, Mexico where char-grilling and the steak taco is king...at least back then. My first cousin ended up selling a few thousand tacos daily at his Monterrey, Mexico Taqueria...he was known to serve up some of Monterrey's very best tacos. I think you probably understand now why my family and I are obsessed with food and of course char grilled steak tacos. I like to bring a sack of steak tacos to parties and barbacues just so my friends can share in the joy.
After much recent chow-debate about the best char-grilled steak tacos, I just couldn't help myself, I day dreamed all last Friday afternoon about steak tacos from Taqueria El Asadero-Chicago(my old standard), Indio Restaurant-Cicero, and La Pasadita East-Chicago. I stumbled accross Taqueria El Asadero several years ago after a tennis game in Welles Park at Montrose and Lincoln. My friend and I rejoiced after tasting in my opinion, the very best steak tacos in the entire Chicago area. It had been years since my last visit to La Pasadita East and the name just kept popping up in the steak taco postings. I found out about Indio Restaurant in Cicero from a former Berwyn-Cicero hispanic resident. She claimed that they served the best steak tacos so I had to find out for myself.
La Pasadita East serves up some very tasty steak tacos and frankly some of the very best out there. The steak was juicy, tender, perfectly cooked, lightly seasoned, and served with a bit of cilantro and onion on two white corn (I think they were white corn). The meat-to-tortilla-to-fillings ratio was just right. The tomatillo salsa was fine.
In conclusion, TAQUERIA EL ASADERO IS STILL KING! The fresh right off the grill steak is perfectly seasoned, tender, juicy, and nearly twice the steak than La Pasadita East. Although La Pasadita East's steak tacos are excellent, Asadero's are a bit more flavorful, juicier, a bit more tender, and a better value for the quantity of steak.
Oh, as for Indio Restaurant? The verdict is still out on this one. Sorry, I didn't find the address during my initial search so I must have driven by it without knowing. I'll be back there soon. Here are the addresses;
Taqueria el Asadero
2213 W. Montrose Ave.
La Pasadita East: There are three of them (yes 3) on Ashland Avenue just south of Division within 100 feet of eachother. Go to the one on the east side of the street.
6037 W Cermak Rd ,
Cicero, IL Phone - (708) 863-5714