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ByBys is a treasure, wow!!

dickson d | Feb 19, 200302:48 PM

I was on my way to the high school basketball playoffs (Girls AA, for those who care) in St. Charles, and had encountered a post by Tony that intrigued me (linked below). It was on the way from N'ville, so we stopped in.

Okay, it is a 5 table dive, as Tony said. Good Mexican soap operas on the TV, lots of ads for Gyros on the walls. Unlikely, until you look at the menu or the boards on the wall. 14 or 15 different fillings for tacos, quesadillas, etc, including brains, huitlacoche, flor de calabaza and more.

We were not that hungry and in a bit of a hurry, so we went with a chicken huarache and huitlacoche quesadilla. Yes, on a Tuesday they had huitlacoche. No flor de calabaza, though. The chips were a bit on the greasy side, though clearly made there. The salsa, as Tony described, is more a condiment than a dip or spread for chips - fairly mild and restrained.

Tortillas/flatbread were different, heftier, darker, good. Huitlacoche quesadilla was an amazing thing, big, earthy, rich but not heavy. Reminded me most of a truffle omelette, somehow. Lightly spicy, but improved further by a coating of the salsa. So many layers of flavors, I need to go back and list more of them. My first experience with huitlacoche, but there will be more. Luckily, my companion did not like it much, so I ate almost all of it, and got some sort of buzz through the remainder of the evening. (is that usual?)

The huarache was okay. Good bread. Some of it was nicely seasoned (not spicy, but a tang and some interesting complexity), but other parts were bland. Should have tried the sope, after looking at Tony's post again.

So I will go back for sope and posole, soon. And I urge all in the neighborhood to try ByBy's. Forgive me if I gush, but hell, it is some sort of Chowhound beacon in the great west. I mean these guys are doing more adventurous stuff than anyone I know of in this neck of the woods, and should be encouraged and supported. It also adds to the fun for me, that they do have everything on the menu, just not at the same time, and not at any predictable time, either. I do not think this is a calculated marketing ploy, but it works for me.

And thanks Tony. I had been quite unhappy with the dea(r)th of independent Mexican joints in the Naperville area of late, but this makes it all good once again. Little bit of a hike, but worth it.

It's more fun to write a rip of a place, but the most fun is finding a gem. gush, gush, gush.



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