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El Tesoro-West Chicago

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El Tesoro-West Chicago

tony | Jan 12, 2004 04:02 PM

My initial reason for trying this place was the banner outside a few weeks ago advertising birria de chivo. Our trip did not turn up any stewed goat, however many other delicious items were sampled. When I inquired about the birria the owner/waitress advised they were making large batches around Christmas but they did not have any this weekend and call ahead to find out if they have it next weekend.

We started with a ceviche tostada. Not sure what kind of fish was used, probably tilapia, catfish or some other neutral whitefish. The taste was good however the texture was a bit on the mushy side as if it had sat in acid one day too long. Decent, but not great.

I went with pozole for lunch. Standard red style with huge chunks of well braised pork shoulder and some rib meat and tender pieces of hominy. The broth was rich and mildly spicy. The condiment plate included the usual suspects of fresh cabbage, diced onion, radishes, and a small container of fiery red, hot sauce. Also on the side was a plate of plain crispy tostada shells. Maybe cheaper at the special pozolerias in the city but at $5.50 this was a bargain. Satisfying winter food with great broth and tender pork.

The wife went with a mixed bag so we could try several items. First a sope estilo d.f., basically beans, cilantro, onion and white crumbled cheese. Next a huarache with braised and shredded chicken and finally a taco “tarasco” style with chicken colored with achiote and seasoned with some unknown chile along with a fine dice of onions, tomatoes and jalapenos. Both the sope and huarache were exceptional in the handling of the masa. Freshly made shells that were lighter than any we’ve ever tried. Crispy and soft on the inside, bordering on the food cliche of "pillowy." The cook has a deft hand with the cornmeal for sure. The chicken on the huarache, while mildly seasoned was excellent as well and punched up by the medium heat level table salsa.

While we didn’t try much with the exception of the ceviche tostada, El Tesoro has a pretty decent seafood selection including several choices of whole fried fish: red snapper, catfish or silver bass along with choices of sauce: garlic, diablo or Costeno.
They have a gigantic orange juicing machine for fresh squeezed juice along with a kickass tropical aquarium, but you can’t eat the fish from there.

For anyone living in, or visiting the Western suburbs in need of authentic Mexican food, West Chicago is definitley a blessing. Please also check out Byby's or Mexico Chiqito if in the area.

El Tesoro
129 W Roosevelt Rd.
West Chicago, Il
630-293-0190

Byby's
142 W Washington St,
West Chicago, IL 60185
Phone: (630) 562-1710

Mexico Chiqito
205 Main St,
West Chicago, IL 60185
Phone: (630) 231-6686

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