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One Great Dish: Al Pastor Tacos At Tacos Erendira

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Mar 29, 2013 7:20PM

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Debating the best al pastor tacos in the city is like arguing over pizza: No one is completely right or wrong. I prefer a well-informed opinion, one that comes from copious tasting. Sun-Times restaurant critic Michael Nagrant once sampled 17 different al pastor tacos for an article. Serious Eats Chicago editor Nick Kindelsperger sampled 16 for a Time Out Chicago article last year.

I’ve probably eaten at least as many, and one of the ones I return to over and over is at Tacos Erendira. It’s a simple taco with seasoned and marinated pork, cilantro and onion, served with lime and salsa verde on corn tortillas. You can order them for takeout but, when I have a few moments, I prefer to have them in the restaurant and eat among some of the most unique dining room d├ęcor in the city. Tacos Erendira’s dining room is tastefully decorated with vintage stoves, refrigerators and other kitchen and restaurant equipment as an homage to the Mexican taquerias of yesteryear. With Opening Day on the horizon, White Sox fans should grab a bag of these and chow down while walking to the ballpark.

Tacos Erendira is located at 3207 S. Halsted Street.