Tacos

Sit back and sip those margaritas, Moms and Dads - we've got you and the kids covered with some of the tastiest tacos out there. Whether you're celebrating Cinco de Mayo or just need your seasoned beef fix, check out our picks for Chicago's best family-friendly taquerias. 

Antique Taco (1360 N. Milwaukee Ave.) 

Cited by the Michelin Guide as one of Chicago's best values, Antique Taco features a unique and inspired menu. While my kids like the Crispy  Fish Tempura Taco (minus the Sriracha Tartar Sauce if your kids don't do spicy), I love the Market Mushroom Taco, which features sautéed mushrooms, pumpkin seeds, smoked onion cream, arugula, and purple onion. Desserts cater to both kids and kids-at-heart with Abuelita's Pop Tart, a take on the traditional Pop Tart filled with Mexican chocolate ganache and gooey marshmallows. You'll also want to try the Horchata Milkshake, a cinnamon and vanilla spiced banana almond version of the classic milkshake. 

Quesadilla La Reyna Del Sur (2235 N. Western Ave.)

Home of Mexican vegetarian cuisine - and yes, it does exist - the tacos and other delicious menu items at this Bucktown taqueria offer a more healthy dinner option. You won't even notice that the featured "meats" are all actually soy-based alternatives. The signature dish - simple but yummy quesadillas - will satisfy even your pickiest tots. I often stop in with my kids for their rich smoothies and freshly squeezed juices. Just down the street is Holstein Park, a fantastic play park for kids.

Los Comales (2148 N. Milwaukee Ave.)

Consistently voted one of Chicago's best taquerias, Los Comales is a Mexican-American classic serving authentic tacos in a simple setting. Start out with totopos (chips) and guacamole then move on to the tacos, filled with your choice of everything from lengua (beef tongue) to cecina (seasoned steak). Los Comales even has a Kid's meal - the "Bolsita para Ninos" - which includes a surprise toy. 

Nuevo Leon  (1515 W. 18th St.)

Every once in a while, our family catches the El and heads to Pilsen, a vibrant, traditionally Mexican-American neighborhood on the near South Side. We love to pop into the bakeries and bodegas, and annually, at the end of October, we visit the National Museum of Mexican Art to see its celebrated Dia de los Muertos exhibit. Nuevo Leon, a classic family-style Mexican style restaurant became a Pilsen Institution when it first opened in the 1960's. The Carne Asada Dinner is a good pick for families. You slice the huge steak into portions and fill the provided soft corn tortillas to make your own tacos. The Red Snapper is another make-your-own taco deal, featuring an entire red snapper that's served with rice, avocado, and of course, tortillas.  

Takito Kitchen (2013 W. Division St.)

The just recently opened Takito Kitchen gives tacos a modern twist with fresh, local ingredients (some even grown in-restaurant!) and complex flavors. While parents will appreciate the refreshing beverage menu, which includes a spicy Caliente Margarita that will knock your socks off, kids will love the Arroz con Dulce de Leche, a sweet, caramel rice pudding. The well-crafted tacos are all delicious, but the Chicken Pepian (roasted chicken, snap peas, ricotta, pepitas and cilantro) is a must-order.

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