Outside of the Maxwell Market, many taquerias have banished fresh masa in favor of machine-made stuff from local tortillerias. Here, there’s a little old lady patting and shaping balls of the cornmeal dough and griddling them until they puff up like corn-perfumed balloons. And while the tacos and gorditas (including a rich picadillo) are good, the star of the show is the braised chicken tinga flecked with smoky bits of chipotle, served on a flat oval-shaped huarache and topped with crumbly queso fresco.
|Venue name:||Huaraches Doña Chio|
1547 W Elmdale Ave
|Cross street:||between Greenview Ave and Clark St|
|Opening hours:||Breakfast, lunch, dinner|
|Transport:||El stop: Red to Thorndale. Bus: 22, 36, 84.|
|Price:||Average main course: $7|
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