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Taqueria El Rincon, Albany Park

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Taqueria El Rincon, Albany Park

Kenny from Rogers Park | Jul 30, 2003 01:46 PM

Zim's earlier mention of Taqueria El Rincon got me interested in this place, so I checked it out last night. Zim stated in his review that he believes Taqueria El Rincon's food is an improvement over Los Mogotes de Michoacan #2, the restaurant that previously occupied the same location. Never having patronized that branch of Los Mogotes, I cannot offer an opinion on this matter. I can, however, state that, at least upon an initial try, El Rincon serves food substantially better than the Los Mogotes branch on the corner of Kedzie and Argyle--a taqueria that is consistently pretty good, and can be excellent. Zim sang the praises of the El Rincon quesadilla, and I enjoyed it as well. I ordered a flor de calabaza quesadilla, and was impressed with the fresh taste and pleasing crispy texture of the tortilla. I also really liked the quesadilla filling, which had both earthy and pungent flavors. Although the quesadilla alone would have been enough for dinner, I, not realizing just how large the quesadilla is, also ordered a steak gordita. Again, I enjoyed the rustic, thick tortillas. I also thought the steak was prepared well--not too tough or excessively salty, as I have encountered at several other area taquerias--and thought the queso fresco particularly flavorful/biting. This dish looked pretty and tasted better.

El Rincon is a small restaurant, and it wasn't very busy last night. If you live or work in the area, it would definitely be a good dining option. The ingredients are fresh, and a lot of care seems to go into the food preparation. The people running this place appear to want to do things right, and definitely give customers a good value. You can walk out of El Rincon with a full stomach and happy taste buds for 5 bucks or less. The address is 4734 N. Kimball and hours are 10AM to 10PM seven days a week.

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