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Carmela's Taqueria

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Uptown, Chicago
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7.4/10
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  • Connie P.
    "Al pastor tacos were the perfect pre-concert cheap eat!"(3 Tips)
    Beau B.
    "Good cheap Mexican food on the go."(4 Tips)
    Julia F.
    "Burrito al pastor, guacomole, and horchata -- a delish combo!"(2 Tips)
    Ryan
    "tender chicken and pork."(3 Tips)
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  • Ryan
    RyanDecember 14, 2015
    Better than average classic taco with good quality, tender chicken and pork. Griddled fresh. Al pastor especially flavorful with not too much fat and little caramelized peppers and hint of pineapple.
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobertsonNovember 21, 2016
    The al pastor is what they are known for, but the carne asada is fresh made and delicious with salsa verde too
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoAugust 2, 2014
    Somehow, the divier parts of this tiny taqueria are what seem to stick out: the battered stools, the terse short-order cooks. Luckily, it takes only a few bites to forget about atmosphere. Read more
  • Tom F.
    Tom FosgardOctober 25, 2015
    By far the best tacos that I've had in Chicago. Awesome. I recommend the carne molida tacos.
  • Laurie S.
    Laurie SkellyFebruary 11, 2013
    There's a sweet dinner special in the front window that isn't on the main menu - 2 tacos, rice, beans for $5.
  • Annie R.
    Annie RattereeSeptember 29, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    They are good, simple yummy tacos. Everyone loves the al pastor. I also like the ground beef.
  • Carl L.
    Carl LindbergAugust 22, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Quite possibly the best Mexican food on Chicago's north side. The al pastor is incredible. Read more
  • Sean W.
    Sean WardJune 15, 2013
    Very nice little taqueria. Nothing I've tried wasn't good. And good price. Clear signage.
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HydeDecember 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're carrying out get the guacamole! The chips are greasy but the guac is wonderful
  • Julia F.
    Julia FedorAugust 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Burrito al pastor, guacomole, and horchata -- a delish combo!
  • Connie P.
    Connie PraterNovember 23, 2013
    Al pastor tacos were the perfect pre-concert cheap eat!
  • Erik Z.
    Erik ZumbahlenOctober 25, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Best tacos al pastor on the north side. Good horchata too!
  • Melody L.
    Melody LeggeMay 24, 2015
    The pork tacos are delightful.
  • Russ M.
    Russ MillingtonJuly 5, 2013
    The sign speaks the truth...Authentic !!!
  • Susie J.
    Susie JendroApril 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The pastor tacos don't lie. DAMN GOOD.
  • Bleu C.
    Bleu CaldwellMay 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    It doesn't look like much but the tacos are really good!
  • Jason H.
    Jason HydeAugust 14, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    best al pastor this side of division
  • Mitch B.
    Mitch BrinkmanApril 14, 2010
    Do not leave without getting the al pastor tacos or torta. Life changer.
  • Bryan B.
    Bryan BowdenDecember 13, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Adventurous folks should try the lengua (cow tongue) tacos. They're good.
  • MNathan J.
    MNathan JaquesAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Good stuff!
  • Amy
    AmyMay 14, 2011
    Guacamole is awesome!
  • Annie R.
    Annie RattereeFebruary 5, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Good cheap food!!
  • Jon E.
    Jon ElhardtJuly 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Bomb al pastor!
  • Melody L.
    Melody LeggeMay 24, 2015
    Pork tacos.
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew SauroMarch 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Avocado is only 50 cents!
  • Jonathan K.
    Jonathan KramerOctober 3, 2011
    Cheap and fast.
  • Beau B.
    Beau BrownMarch 28, 2010
    Good cheap Mexican food on the go. Decent sized portions.
  • Lonna K.
    Lonna KateAugust 9, 2014
    Waited for 5 minutes and no one even acknowledged my presence. Bye.
  • Esperanza
    EsperanzaMay 17, 2014
    Me llevé una gran sorpresa! La comida mexicana es muy buena y un gusto saludar a mis paisanos!
  • Curtis T.
    Curtis ThorinApril 23, 2015
    Al Pastor tacos rule.
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