A friend and I went to Rudy's Taste last night after having read the posts from April 20th. The menu includes Guatemalan, Caribbean and Mexican cuisine. Rudy was the cook at the previous restaurant in this space and it was Caribbean. We started with the taquitos mix appetizer. The guacamole, as advertised here, was excellent. The salsa was not to my liking 'cause it was too mild. My friend ordered the huachinango (red snapper) with coconut sauce, rice and salad. She found it very flavorful but not spicy. (She says to say she loved it!) I ordered the Pepian which is a typical Guatemalan chicken dish with potatoes and a squash in a wonderful brown sauce. I asked the waitress, who by the way is the Chef's/Owner's wife, Melissa, to have Rudy, who is Guatemalan, spice it up a little. It couldn't have been better. Flavorful with a little bit of bite. For dessert we ordered the Rellitos, which are sweet plantains stuffed with chocolate and fried. They had cinnamon and sugar on top and were served with sour cream. The mix of tastes was ideal. Rudy sat down to eat his dinner - unfortunately we also were the only diners altho' Melissa did say they do a nice lunch trade - and my friend asked what Rudy was having. Immediately, a taste of his dinner was brought to us - oxtails. Not on the menu but ask if they have them. We tried to say no but it wasn't acceptable to them. It was like being a guest in their home. The oxtails were cooked in a sauce that was flavorful without being overpowering.
As the first poster said, let's keep this restaurant alive. The atmosphere is charming; the owner and his wife and brother-in-law care about what they serve and couldn't make you feel more welcome. A return trip is definitely going to happen, with friends.
1024 N. Ashland
Chicago, IL 60622
Plenty of street parking.