La Lagartija Taqueria

Restaurants , Mexican United Center
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Shrimp Tacos, and queso fundido with chorizo at La Lagartija, Chicago, IL.
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Al Pastor Tacos at La Lagartija, Chicago, IL.
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Shrimp Tacos at La Lagartija, Chicago, IL.
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Shrimp Tacos at La Lagartija, Chicago, IL.

The couple behind Bombon Bakery are also behind this cheery taqueria, where the menu is made up of taqueria standards (spit-grilled al pastor tacos, gooey queso fundido with chorizo). A few items, such as lightly battered shrimp tacos drizzled with crema and spicy chipotle salsa, transcend the genre—especially Laura Cid-Perea’s famous tres leches cake, which is available here or at Bombon Café a block away.

Venue name: La Lagartija Taqueria
Contact:
Address: 132 S Ashland Ave
Chicago
60607
Cross street: at Adams St
Opening hours: Breakfast, lunch, dinner (closed Sun)
Transport: El stop: Green, Pink to Ashland (Green/Pink), Blue to Racine. Bus: 9, 20, 126.
Price: Average taco: $2.25
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Jill F
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This is actually the Near West side I believe, not the West Loop. It's very close to the United Center, which makes it a perfect stop to grab a quick dinner and drinks before a concert or sports event! I went before the Adele concert last week and loved it. The food is pretty traditional Mexican fare and was very fresh and flavorful. 


They also have alambres, which is kind of a fun build-your-own taco option that you don't see a lot of. I recommend the queso fundido, any of the alambres with al pastor meat and the horchata martini. Oh, and the guava margarita! The drinks are tasty, and you'll save tons of money buying them here instead of the United Center. ;)