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Broken English Taco Pub

Restaurants, Mexican Loop
4 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
 (Photograph: Marcin Cymmer)
Photograph: Marcin Cymmer
 (Photograph: Marcin Cymmer)
Photograph: Marcin Cymmer
 (Photograph: Marcin Cymmer)
Photograph: Marcin Cymmer
Marcin Cymmer (Photograph: Marcin Cymmer)
Photograph: Marcin Cymmer
 (Photograph: Marcin Cymmer)
Photograph: Marcin Cymmer
 (Photograph: Marcin Cymmer)
Photograph: Marcin Cymmer


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From the minds of Adolfo Garcia (Son of a Butcher, Pearl Tavern) and long-time restaurateur, Phil Stefani, comes Broken English taco pub. Located on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Lake Street, Broken English is steps away from Millennium Park, and in the center of the new vibrant hotel and residential area.

On the name, Garcia says, “I speak English with my friends, and I often find myself mixing in Spanish words because there are some phrases that simply don’t translate to English. This happens in many other languages and cultures, but that is what makes the name ‘Broken English’ fun – it is part of our daily slang.”



Address: 75 E Lake St
Price: $30 and under
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One of the best after-work spots in the Loop. They offer a Taco Twosday special Mon-Fri from 5 to 7 p.m. This includes any of their taco varieties for $2 a pop--just one taco, mind you, not two. This also includes $2 tequila shots and $5 margaritas. I really liked the barbacoa tacos & blackberry margarita ($7 during the happy hour special). 


I actually stumbled upon this place last Friday as I was trying to escape the Taste of Chicago crowd. Only open for the last three months, Broken English seems to be apart fo the taco/cocktail trend that is hitting the city. Located on lake Street just a few feet from Michigan Ave, this seems prime for an after work happy hour spot...and it looks like the menu is designed for.  The food menu is small plates and different taco options, my two favorites being the Sweet Corn Hush Puppies and the Pork Belly Al Pastor tacos (don't worry they have 3 types of guac too!). 

One thing for sure is that they are serious about their cocktails, as the entire bar wall is taken up by bottles of tequila. Sangria and the margaritas seemed to be a big hit, but they also had specials like buckets of beers and shots. 

They have a small patio on the street and plenty of room for large groups on the inside. I highly recommend gettting reservation as that place filled up quick once it hit 5pm.