Quiet days on the board.
My brother and my daughter consulted on post-Christmas Mexican food - we were considering something in the Midway area as we were picking him up at the airport - and Los Gallos won.
Thanks to VI, this was my second Carne en su jugo experience. A rich soup or stew of beef, bacon, pinto beans, garnished with lime, onions, avocado and more. The first trip was to Los Gallos in Melrose Park which shares decor and theme, more or less (hunting and trophies in Melrose, fighting cocks and race horses on 26th).
Large, tiled room, half filled with families at 8p the night after Christmas. Sort of an open kitchen set up in front from which they served. Basic offerings: menudo on weekends, ceviche, pulpo, camarones, tacos, burritos tostadas de mariscos, tortas and carne en su jugo, sides of grilled onions and avocado. We shared a small shrimp cocktail, one egg sandwich, one each of the sides and two bowls of carne. On the table they offer pickled vegies (cauliflower, carrots and garlic, dressed up the torta pretty well), dried peppers and three hot sauces, two of which were bottled. The home hot sauce was a bit mild and vinegary for me.
The Carne was more stew here than soup. Smaller bowls with less broth and more other stuff. Lots of tender beef, bacon, beans, a large grilled bulb onion in the middle, a couple of slices of avocado and some sliced scallions. At the Melrose Los Gallos, which does not seem to be related as they only mention the two others on Archer, the big bowl was much more broth and the meat seemed to have simmered longer giving a richer broth, but meat that could mostly be skipped, in retrospect. Both styles are good. Carne is available in gallons to go...
Shrimp was a bit bland, simple egg torta would make a good breakfast. Go for the Carne. There was a second option listed right next to the Carne that I did not note and am forgetting. Not sure what it was and forgot to ask. Oops.
Large coffee for $1.25, probably instant with a tocuh of Mexican cinnamon - enjoyable in its place. Very pleasant service - the place is well staffed and clearly does a big volume.
Too full to stop at Trohas or Chickies - next time.
Taqueria Los Gallos
4211 W. 26th St.
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