Windy City Mexican That Blows Tex-Mex Out of the Water
Little known fact: After Los Angeles and Houston, Chicago has the third largest Mexican population in the United States. Unlike those two cities, the praises of its deep Mexican heritage and food have yet to be sung.
Consider me, then, the fat guy on the corner of the street hollering at you to try the stuff.
Chicago's Pilsen, Wicker Park, and Bucktown neighborhoods are chock-a-block full of Mexican immigrants and working families making an honest living in new homes. How honest can you get when for years, taquerias and their ilk have been competing for the hearts, minds, dollars and taste-buds of these neighborhoods' growing student and artist classes?
Sure, I can sit here, mouth full of Los Comales' taco of juicy, perfectly prepared beef tongue—deliciously dressed in pickled carrots, onions and cauliflower—and try to compel you away from the greasy, cheesy Tex-Mex of Houston, the 'California-fied' fish taco, but you'd be hard pressed to believe me. You'd need to see the bright vegetal colors, smell the sharp smack of vinegary aromatics, taste the cool Pacifico hitting the back of your throat, to believe, "Hey! Chicago has great Mexican food." The second, the instant, you hit that point, though? You've already forgotten CA and Texas; it's bigger, it's better, it's tastier in the Windy City.