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Nanuco's Cafe

Cara | Sep 14, 2004 06:26 PM

If you're up in the Round Lake region (west of Grayslake)check out this place. It's a little Mexican diner with an emphasis on Oaxacan and D.F. cooking. The chef cooks everything from scratch and she is a master. In the Chicago area where Mexican restaurants are a dime a dozen, Nanuco's is a true standout. Two of us shared 4 tacos al pastor, the best I've eaten, a huge, delicious quesadilla made with homemade fresh corn tortillas that was a meal in itself, an order of chicken enchiladas with a uniquely tasty green mole, and a guacamole that was the only run-of-the-mill item. Even the complimentary chips and salsa were top of the line, as was the salsa picante that came with the quesadilla, that had a fantastic smoky, roasted pepper flavor. All that plus 3 beers cost $32. To get there, take Rt. 94 to Rt. 120 west towards Grayslake. Veer right onto Rt. 134 and follow it into Round Lake. Drive past the Metra station and you'll come to a mall with a large "Ace Hardware" sign out front. Turn left into the parking lot and you'll see a row of stores along the back. Nanuco's is toward the left-hand side next to a bar. On the Saturday night we went, the bar was playing headbanger music that made the walls shake. If this kind of thing disturbs you, you might want to check out Nanuco's earlier in the evening, or during the day. But it's definitely worth the trip.

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