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Carmela’s Taquería

Restaurants, Mexican Uptown
Al Pastor Tacos at Carmela's Taqueria.
Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki Al Pastor Tacos at Carmela's Taqueria.

Time Out says

The walls are painted in bright, whimsical colors and dotted with the occasional painting. Yet, 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. Order the tacos al pastor, tortillas bulging with pork carved off the spit and thrown on the griddle until dotted with crunchy bits of char, or a chorizo torta, the oily sausage mingling with avocado to rich, creamy results. After those, the look of the place will be the last thing on your mind.



Address: 1206 W Lawrence Ave
Cross street: between Broadway and Magnolia Ave
Transport: El stop: Red to Lawrence. Bus: 22, 36, 81.
Price: Average main course: $3
Opening hours: Lunch, dinner
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