Any taco shop that opens within a mile of the intersection of Milwaukee, North and Damen will be subject to thequestion: Is it as good as Big Star? Is it as cheap? Most important, is it worth potentially missing out on a seat on Big Star’s patio?
To maximize the pleasure Antique Taco is capable of providing, ignore all these questions. It’s not that Antique can’t compete with Big Star—it can. But why pit the two against each other? Wicker Park, it turns out, is big enough for both.
So on nights that call for shots of whiskey and boys with mustaches, keep going to Big Star. And on the quieter, reflective nights of summer, head to Antique. The vibe is cute and vintage (and some of those vintage items are for sale), but the space is uncluttered enough that you can relax. And the tacos, more composed than most, feel like meals in miniature: Light and crispy battered fish is topped with smoky cabbage; sumptuous carnitas carry a considerable kick from an adobo rub. A corn salad is a decadent mixture of kernels, onions, beans and mayonnaise—it is probably one of the only mayo-based salads you’ll eat and yet still find sophisticated. And the hefty meatball slider is given a proper sauce: a smooth mole poblano.
Could you sit on the sidewalk patio with a glass jug of the rosemary margaritas (good, but hard to find the rosemary) in an attempt to re-create the other taco joint in the ’hood? You could. But Antique works best inside, with the happy staff, the adorable interior and the windows that shield you from the chaotic traffic of Milwaukee Avenue. In short, this is an indoor taco spot. And that, it turns out, is a very pleasurable thing.
|Venue name:||Antique Taco||Contact:|
1360 N Milwaukee Ave
|Cross street:||at Wood St|
|Opening hours:||Tues-Fri 11:30am-10pm; Sat 11:30am-11pm; Sun 11:30am-8pm|
|Transport:||El stop:Blue to Division. Bus:9,50,56,70.|
|Price:||Average main course: $7|
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Average User Rating
4.8 / 5
- 5 star:6
- 4 star:2
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It is consistent, they make menu changes and have awesome specials, and even though it's small and there can be a line, they are very timely!
Their fish tacos are outrageous!! I have been a few times and love to bring friends who are in from out of town. Every person that I have taken to Antique Taco, have loved it!
My family and I have been frequenting this establishment for about 4-5 years now. It's funny, when I first entered their doors, I remembered thinking, "this place is TOO cute to be any good" --especially can't live up to the hype for Mexican food. I was wrong. From the adorable jars for drinks, to the perfect fish tacos, they've figured out how to do it. I usually order those fish tacos--they are generous and perfectly tempura-battered. Delicate and moist, topped with smoked red cabbage slaw and sriracha tartar sauce. I think these are a MUST. Another amazing selection is the carnitas tacos--smoky-sweet and tender dressed with fresh spinach, avocado, and bacon--my daughter ALWAYS orders these. I've honestly loved everything I've ever ordered--chili-cheese curds, the kale salad, the mushroom tacos, the guacamole & homemade chips... Oh, let's not forget about the house-made salsas on the table--I'd be happy with those alone! Everything has been spot on, with the exception of my last visit-- the fish tacos were smaller, not as nicely battered, the carnitas tacos had some unwieldy fat/grissle chunks that couldn't be eaten and my husband's grilled octopus tacos were extremely salty (and we like salt!). Needless to say, I am choosing to give them a 'pass' --this one time. If it happens again on my next visit, I may question if some changes in staffing have taken place and move on to other area restaurants--there is plenty of competition!