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Lengua tacos in the burbs (long)

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Lengua tacos in the burbs (long)

Flip | Feb 25, 2004 12:45 PM

Recently, during a tongue taco whim, I decided to try out a few places that I had not been to in a while. To tell the truth most were sampled after a few rounds at our favorite watering hole. Reviews as follows.

San Jose Taqueria
119 W Lake St.
Bloomingdale

Formely known as Alta Mira this is the 2nd or 3rd location for this small chain.(location #1 is on Halsted) Their taco was nothing to write home about. The meat had an almost jerky like texture. Very chewy and little flavor. Very little meat was put into this taco. Overall a C- in my book.

Los Burritos Tapatios
3285 Ogden Ave
Lisle

One of many locations in the burbs, I had never ordered their lengua taco. I was presented with a very nice looking mound of meat cilantro and onions with a wedge of lime on the side. This is when it turned ugly. At first bite I thought something was a little off, but still continued. Upon taking the second bite I was greeted with an over-whelmingly putrid odor of rotten meat. Needless to say I didn't finish it. F in my book (Note: this very possibly could just have been a bad day for them, and not representative of their normal selections.)

El Burrito Mexicano
1219 Maple Avenue
Lisle

Yet another beer induced food craving led to "El Mex". This taco was very flavorful and quite an ample portion. However, the meat had the texture of rubber bands. B in my book

El Centro
1015 East Ogden Avenue
Naperville

Home of the first lengua taco I ever enjoyed, and recently remodeled after a roof fire. The Only changes seem tom be in appearance on the inside.(It actually looks clean :)) The taco serve here contained a more-than-ample portion of tender strips of meat, well balanced with the cilantro and onions. A in my book

Overall, I would have to say that for my tastes the return to El Centro was probably the best experience of them all. Although in a recent post MLS recommends Taco Real in Carol Stream, but I have not had the opportunity to visit yet.

Anyone else have recs for tacos?

Flip

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