Thursday, February 20, 2014

Taco Joint

Yesterday evening I had the pleasure of attending the Windy City Blogger Collective’s shopping event with Langford Market, but before I got there, I made a much needed stop at Taco Joint’s flagship location. Without knowing my cab would lead me astray by 2.0 miles, I planned on grabbing a drink and a snack once I got to the event, however, once I realized my cabbie had no hope of driving me to my desired location, I got out of the cab and immediately spotted Taco Joint. Praise heaven…seriously, I needed a taco.

Dan and I discovered Taco Joint about two years ago; it was right when we were beginning our search for the perfect apartment. I was still in college and whenever I made a trip home, we would make a pilgrimage to Lincoln Park to continue looking at all the of the homes only 40-year olds could obtain (sorry, but not really). After spending three hours both in the car and on foot I started to get hangry (hungry + angry = hangry). Furiously looking through yelp, we found a Mexican restaurant with outstanding ratings and decided to pull over so I’d stop screaming at random cars and pedestrians. At first, we thought we had the wrong address because the entrance to Taco Joint two years ago was not quite as nice and hospitable as it is now. Upon entering, I fell in love with the décor, the ambiance and the food; to this day, I don’t think I’ve found a better taco in Chicago.

So, without saying too much more about my long and happy love affair with Taco Joint, I was SO happy to see it after my cab ride from hell; luckily, I arrived at 5 p.m. on a Wednesday and had no problem taking a seat at the bar. Without hesitation I ordered a Zocalo Margarita, an Al Pastor taco and an Estilo Baja taco (all pictured). As per usual, everything from the bar and the kitchen was impeccable; I’ve never had anything but fabulous experiences at Taco Joint. Every time I go, I vow I will try something new, but I end up getting the same thing--though slightly larger portions as I typically don’t go to professional functions afterwards. After a wonderful conversation with the general manager, I am determined to host a function at either beloved Taco Joint location—possibly for my re-launch party? Yesssss.

Thank you for the fabulous fare and I can’t wait to come enjoy your food again; honestly, I could come every day and never get sick of the Al Pastor taco. To both visitors and natives, Taco Joint is a must visit in my book.

{The Zocalo Margarita: El Jimador Tequila Blanco, triple sec, lime salt rim}

{Al Pastor Taco: Grilled chicken breast, pineapple pico, tangy tomatillo salsa}

{Estilo Baja Taco: Beer battered tilapia, creamy-arbol cabbage slaw}


  1. LOVE Taco Joint! I had them cater for my bachelorette party and everyone loved it! My favorites are the Elote and the Al Pastor I'm hungry!

  2. Taco Joint is one of my favorites. Let's go there together sometime soon. Your pictures are making me drool.