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Taquerias "Los Mogotes" de Michoacan, Highland Park

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Taquerias "Los Mogotes" de Michoacan, Highland Park

CAthy2 | Feb 12, 2004 11:27 PM

Hi!

At the advice of George R, I learned Horaldo's Taco was closing and Taquerias "Los Mogotes" de Michoacan was opening in the same location.

What a wonderful new find! I don't have to go to Maxwell Street when I casually desire a Flor de Calabaza (squash flower) or Huitlacoche (Corn smut) quesadilla. When I walked in the first time and saw both on the menu, I ordered them immediately to share with a friend. The order taker looked me over suspiciously and inquired if I knew what I was ordering. She brightened quickly when I told her I drive to Chicago to have the same. It was the first time I had ever eaten a plated Huitlacoche quesadilla while sitting on a chair eating with a fork and knife. The filling had enough thicker to keep it from being runny.

I have had the Nopales (cactus) Huaraches, which came on what appeared to be a handmade tortilla. What was somewhat disconcerting was the tortilla being warmed in a microwave before stuffing. Clearly they are handmade but they are not freshly handmade. I will try to get them to make them fresh on my next visit.

The only item so far I would not reorder are the costillas des res (crossection of beef ribs). I don't know if it is an issue of their purveyor, their cut specification or their cooking method. The meat was in funny looking strips which seemed almost like artificial turkey bacon with faux bones. For this treat, I will continue to go to Tacos el Norte in Highwood.

Also on the menu is another Mexican dish foreign to my area: sopes.

I generally like the place. I worry their lack of parking will kill it. The small parking lot accomodates a dry cleaner, a gym, hairdresser and some small businesses. George R has observed it is at its worst from 11:30 until around 1 because people work out during lunch. A small taqueria having to pass up the lunch crowd because of parking isn't a good omen.

Regards,
CAthy2

Taquerias "Los Mogotes" de Michoacan
4959 N. Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
Tel: 773/463-5612
Everyday: 9 AM to 10 PM

Taquerias "Los Mogotes" de Michoacan
2069 Greenbay Road
Highland Park, IL 60035
Tel: 847/432-5667
Mon-Sat: 9 AM to 9 PM
Sunday's closed

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