a friend kept raving about this taqueria on Clark somewhere in the 7000s (where there are, oh, a million of them :) and finally remembered which one. It was Uptown Taqueria, 7027 N. Clark. (is that still Uptown?)
We went on Saturday, 8 December. They give you a basket of fresh tortilla chips and a small bowl of very good, warm, refried beans. There are squeeze bottles of red and green hot sauce (the green was very tasty and tomatillo based, the red seemed to be some sort of roasted, dried-chili-based, and we didn't like the flavor as well).
My friend had one goat taco and one gordita al pastor, I had 2 tacos al pastor. The menu touts the al pastor as their specialty. I thought mine was good, ground pork simmered with onions in a reddish sauce. They don't put anything on these, and serve them with lime to enhance the flavor. The goat, which seemed to be roasted and shredded came with chopped onions and cilantro.
My friend liked the goat better, she thought the pork was a bit gristly and the sauce flavor didn't really appeal to her. I thought it was fine, but not exceptional.
It was good, and cheap, but not the transcendant experience she remembered. Hunger is a good sauce, last time she was there she may have been more receptive :)
So anyone have any taqueria recommendations in this area? A preferred bakery? I couldn't tell all the pastries apart, and the ones I got had a really strong Crisco/vegetable shortening aftertaste.