To prevent any further confusion and to encourage future chowing, I have the bona fides of our favorite downtown Melrose Park Mexican. We had a great dinner there as well the other night.
Los 3 Gallos continues to be oddly under-utilyzed by eaters. On our visit friday night, most of the other customers were there just for the drinks and the very, very lound juke box. Come try.
We ordered, as we almost always do, the carne en su jugo, a dish I liken to Mexican pho (with beans instead of noodles). You get a rich broth chock full o'beef chunks, cooked bacon, beans, onions and avocado. You customize your bowl with dried red peppers, cilantro, more onion, sliced radishes, and a robust hot sauce. As satisfying as a nice pho indeed.
Our second dish was gordornis dorado, translated as roasted cornish hen, but really fried chicken. Plain fried chicken. This was one of these dishes that's utter tastetiness defied reason. Nothing apparantly could account for the special flavor, but boy was it good.
We passed on either of the birria options this time--with or without soup--as Ms. VI was not in the mood for the heaviness of those dishes. They are worthwile nevertheless.
Finally, the kid's nacho's also defied expectation. That is, until we rememember how good, good Mexican cheese can be. I also liked the way they served the nacho's, more like a queso fundido. The melted cheese and other goodies on the plate, the chips on the side.
Los 3 Gallos serves a full range of tacos, tortas, sea food, etc., but we stick with the dinner's as they are more unique.
Los 3 Gallos
112 N. Broadway
Melrose Park, IL 60160
(On the very Mexican stretch of Melrose Park off of Lake Street. As alway, there's Dunk Donuts for desert)