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El Huichol - North Aurora / Indian Heritage Festival

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El Huichol - North Aurora / Indian Heritage Festival

Mags Thomas | Jun 7, 2003 09:18 PM

Returning home from an excursion to the Indian Heritage Festival at the Kane Co. Fairgrounds, I spotted El Huichol in a Tastee Freeze on Rte 31 (just south of Rte 56). In spite of -- or perhaps because of -- its locale, it looks promising. We didn't stop, as we'd just finished festival food -- more on the festival momentarily.

Searched the board to see if someone's posted about El Huichol before and it doesn't appear so. Searched for them elsewhere on the Internet and discovered rumors of homemade tortillas. Unfortunately, it's likely to be several weeks before we're able to make another trip out to North Aurora. If anyone has an opportunity to scope out El Huichol's potential before then, be my guest!

If anyone else is headed to the Indian Heritage Festival this weekend, entrance access is from Rte 34. It had the bizarre aura of most local suburban "Taste of..." summer festivals, but serving Indian food from about 6 booths at one end and the remaining booths catering to the local Indian community -- sari and jewelry specialists displaying their wares, other artisans, tour companies, a "Bollywood" stall selling DVDs / CDs, etc.

After a stroll around the booths, we settled down to a plate of bhel puri, samosa chaat, papdi chaat, and a cup of freshly pressed sugar cane juice. The latter was pricey at $4 / cup, but had a pleasant earthy taste and not as sugar-sweet as one might expect.

One fellow along the North side was selling garam masala spiced cashews and pistachios -- doing quite a bit of business, too (and I should've obtained a card, but didn't!).

If anyone gets to El Huichol before we do, let us know what you find! After trying to locate the address, it's listed under Tastee Freeze -- which leads me to believe someone's selling some homemade Mexican specialties to people in-the-know while fronting as a soft-serve business.

- M.

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El Huichol
17 S Lincolnway
North Aurora, IL 60542
(630) 896-6242

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