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  • Post #31 - June 19th, 2018, 7:40 am
    Post #31 - June 19th, 2018, 7:40 am Post #31 - June 19th, 2018, 7:40 am
    ronnie_suburban wrote:I've heard good things about Mesa Urbana in Northbrook, but I'm still yet to check it out.

    We've enjoyed Mesa Urbana. It's a bit pricey when you compare it to nearby Monica's (our favorite in the area) or Los Huaraches (just a couple doors down, and solid but nothing amazing). They're obviously going for more of a Bayless-like experience than taqueria. Good drinks menu, tasty food. Haven't been there in months, need to get back there. I'd tried to suggest it for the North Lunch group, but lacking a lunch-specific menu, it's a little high priced for lunch.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #32 - August 28th, 2019, 5:32 pm
    Post #32 - August 28th, 2019, 5:32 pm Post #32 - August 28th, 2019, 5:32 pm
    LAZ wrote:I have not been there in some time, but I always used to like El Tipico. In the food scale, it falls somewhere in between wholly authentic and Wholly Frijoles, with nicer atmosphere. I recommend the queso tejano, a huge gooey concoction of melted cheese with sausage, peppers, onions and cilantro, served with tortillas for scooping.

    El Tipico
    847/676-4070 Skokie
    3341 W. Dempster St., Skokie

    Several friends have told me that it recently closed. The Google also reports it permanently closed. No answer on the telephone.
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #33 - August 28th, 2019, 8:10 pm
    Post #33 - August 28th, 2019, 8:10 pm Post #33 - August 28th, 2019, 8:10 pm
    Dave148 wrote:
    LAZ wrote:I have not been there in some time, but I always used to like El Tipico. In the food scale, it falls somewhere in between wholly authentic and Wholly Frijoles, with nicer atmosphere. I recommend the queso tejano, a huge gooey concoction of melted cheese with sausage, peppers, onions and cilantro, served with tortillas for scooping.

    El Tipico
    847/676-4070 Skokie
    3341 W. Dempster St., Skokie

    Several friends have told me that it recently closed. The Google also reports it permanently closed. No answer on the telephone.

    Oh no! This was a staple when I worked in Skokie, and is one of the closest restaurants to where my sons live.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #34 - August 29th, 2019, 3:28 pm
    Post #34 - August 29th, 2019, 3:28 pm Post #34 - August 29th, 2019, 3:28 pm
    Aww too bad about El Tipico. I convinced my ex wife that the queso chihuahua she was eating was from the dog and managed to not be murdered in my sleep.
  • Post #35 - August 29th, 2019, 4:13 pm
    Post #35 - August 29th, 2019, 4:13 pm Post #35 - August 29th, 2019, 4:13 pm
    La Donita
    598 Potter Rd, Des Plaines

    While this little Oaxacan restaurant might not be plain Mexican it does do Mexican just fine.

    It never hurts to have a little extra variety. :)

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    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #36 - August 29th, 2019, 5:25 pm
    Post #36 - August 29th, 2019, 5:25 pm Post #36 - August 29th, 2019, 5:25 pm
    Dave148 wrote:
    LAZ wrote:El Tipico
    847/676-4070 Skokie
    3341 W. Dempster St., Skokie
    Several friends have told me that it recently closed. The Google also reports it permanently closed. No answer on the telephone.
    For the most geographically convenient replacement, a casual semi-authentic (they have cemitas but no tripa or lengua, keeps me away) small family owned spot opened very late last year.
    My Little Kitchen - Mexican
    4031 Dempster, Skokie 60076
    (847)324-9912
  • Post #37 - August 13th, 2020, 5:42 pm
    Post #37 - August 13th, 2020, 5:42 pm Post #37 - August 13th, 2020, 5:42 pm
    Dave148 wrote:
    LAZ wrote:I have not been there in some time, but I always used to like El Tipico. In the food scale, it falls somewhere in between wholly authentic and Wholly Frijoles, with nicer atmosphere. I recommend the queso tejano, a huge gooey concoction of melted cheese with sausage, peppers, onions and cilantro, served with tortillas for scooping.

    El Tipico
    847/676-4070 Skokie
    3341 W. Dempster St., Skokie

    Several friends have told me that it recently closed. The Google also reports it permanently closed. No answer on the telephone.

    There is now a sign on it for El Nuevo Tipico, and it's open (there's a lighted OPEN sign in the window). Google tells me that their new telephone number is (847) 410-7611. The only website menu I could find for it is on the Uber Eats website, here, and it looks pretty much like the menu for its previous incarnation.
  • Post #38 - September 1st, 2020, 10:17 am
    Post #38 - September 1st, 2020, 10:17 am Post #38 - September 1st, 2020, 10:17 am
    bweiny wrote:Understandably not mentioned on this thread since the suburban outpost is only about 18 months old, but Cafe El Tapatio in south Glenview/Golf Mill has definite appeal. Especially when drinks are a part of the decision. I'm not a fan of La Principal or That Little Mexican Cafe, so the ten minute drive west is well worth it. Food definitely isn't as good as Libertad though.

    Cafe El Tapatio
    9707 N Milwaukee Ave (closer to Greenwood in mall)
    Glenview, IL 60025
    (224)470-5120


    Another place just down the road is Los Comales in Niles. It's your typical taco joint and the wife and I like their 3 taco dinner which comes with your choice of fillings and you can mix and match and the ubiquitous rice and beans.
    We've never eaten inside, we usually pick up or get delivery.

    Los Comales
    9055 N Milwaukee Ave
    Niles, IL 60714
    847-663-0763
  • Post #39 - September 1st, 2020, 10:34 am
    Post #39 - September 1st, 2020, 10:34 am Post #39 - September 1st, 2020, 10:34 am
    Brushman4 wrote:Another place just down the road is Los Comales in Niles.

    I've not been to Los Comales but it is just slightly north of Arex Foods, a tidy well curated middle-eastern grocery. Same side of the street.
    Hold my beer . . .

    Low & Slow
  • Post #40 - September 1st, 2020, 1:55 pm
    Post #40 - September 1st, 2020, 1:55 pm Post #40 - September 1st, 2020, 1:55 pm
    G Wiv wrote:
    Brushman4 wrote:Another place just down the road is Los Comales in Niles.

    I've not been to Los Comales but it is just slightly north of Arex Foods, a tidy well curated middle-eastern grocery. Same side of the street.

    I've never been in Arex Foods though I've passed by thousands of times. I've wanted to try Detroit Kabob House which is next door to Arex, but always seem to forget.

    I'll have to check out both and see what I've been missing. Anyone ever eat at Detroit Kabob?
  • Post #41 - September 1st, 2020, 2:45 pm
    Post #41 - September 1st, 2020, 2:45 pm Post #41 - September 1st, 2020, 2:45 pm
    Brushman4 wrote:
    G Wiv wrote:
    Brushman4 wrote:
    I'll have to check out both and see what I've been missing. Anyone ever eat at Detroit Kabob?

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    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #42 - September 1st, 2020, 4:05 pm
    Post #42 - September 1st, 2020, 4:05 pm Post #42 - September 1st, 2020, 4:05 pm
    Brushman4 wrote:I'll have to check out both and see what I've been missing. Anyone ever eat at Detroit Kabob?


    Detroit Kabob falls into the "okay" category. Nothing memorable, but not bad.
  • Post #43 - September 1st, 2020, 4:12 pm
    Post #43 - September 1st, 2020, 4:12 pm Post #43 - September 1st, 2020, 4:12 pm
    spinynorman99 wrote:
    Brushman4 wrote:I'll have to check out both and see what I've been missing. Anyone ever eat at Detroit Kabob?


    Detroit Kabob falls into the "okay" category. Nothing memorable, but not bad.

    Yes, after some initial enthusiasm, that was pretty much the consensus on the dedicated thread.

    =R=
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  • Post #44 - September 1st, 2020, 4:19 pm
    Post #44 - September 1st, 2020, 4:19 pm Post #44 - September 1st, 2020, 4:19 pm
    spinynorman99 wrote:Detroit Kabob falls into the "okay" category. Nothing memorable, but not bad.

    Yes, exactly. Detroit Kabob House is just barely the right side of ok. Arex, on the other hand, is well worth a visit if for only for containers of freshly made tahini, which I think they buy somewhere in Detroit.
    Hold my beer . . .

    Low & Slow
  • Post #45 - September 1st, 2020, 6:14 pm
    Post #45 - September 1st, 2020, 6:14 pm Post #45 - September 1st, 2020, 6:14 pm
    Brushman4 wrote:Another place just down the road is Los Comales in Niles. It's your typical taco joint and the wife and I like their 3 taco dinner which comes with your choice of fillings and you can mix and match and the ubiquitous rice and beans.
    We've never eaten inside, we usually pick up or get delivery.

    It's been a few years since I've eaten there, but one of the highlights of eating in was a big tray of escabeche on every table: virtually unlimited picked jalapenos, carrots, onions and (iirc) cauliflower.

    I'm guessing that's no longer available during the pandemic -- someone else touched it -- but I'd hope they still will serve the escabeche.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #46 - September 26th, 2020, 4:44 pm
    Post #46 - September 26th, 2020, 4:44 pm Post #46 - September 26th, 2020, 4:44 pm
    nsxtasy wrote:There is now a sign on it for El Nuevo Tipico, and it's open (there's a lighted OPEN sign in the window). Google tells me that their new telephone number is (847) 410-7611. The only website menu I could find for it is on the Uber Eats website, here, and it looks pretty much like the menu for its previous incarnation.

    We got carryout tonight from El Nuevo Tipico. (Delivery options are available from Grubhub and Seamless.) Same place:
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    And you can once again dine indoors, if you're willing:
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    I placed our order over the phone with the restaurant, and was told the food would be ready in 10-15 minutes. Ten minutes later when I arrived, I went inside and paid, and then waited outside for another 15 minutes until the food was ready.

    Although the menu is similar to the previous El Tipico, the food is not. The carne asada is, well, let's just say it's not recommended. The mole sauce on their enchiladas in mole is very tasty and decently spicy, but they don't use enough of it. The horchata is good. So is the tres leches cake for dessert. The best item may have been the chips and salsa to go (reasonable extra cost of $2.75 when not dining in); the chips were freshly made, and they came with ample servings (12-14 ounces each) of three sauces (tomato, tomatillo, chipotle), all of them at least somewhat spicy.

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