Friday, May 18, 2012
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Three days ago, Cecilia R. Real (Ceci) and Angeles Sandoval (Angie) graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago, SHOUT-OUT TO ALL 2012 UIC GRADUATES!
Graduate we did, and celebrate we did by treating ourselves to a taco dinner. Tonight was as Ceci posted on her FB, while she “checked-in,” “girl talk, politics, and tacos!”
As promised, I suggested that we eat at Tio Luis Tacos, located near the intersections of Archer and Pershing. Tio Luis Tacos is a spot I’ve visited, previously, with my family, but never tasted their tacos. Since a Buscotacos reader made the recommendation, I gave their tacos a try.
And- my taco dinner was super awesome! First, I ordered a tall delicious and refreshing medium size agua de melon (melon flavored water). When my agua fresca arrived, I ordered two tacos de carne asada and one taco de al pastor.
Oh, do I wish I had ordered more than one al pastor. The al pastor was sweet and savory combined with the right amount of heat from the adobo, finished off with hidden and surprising bursts of freshness and sweetness, coming off the tiny chunks of pineapple that managed to sneak into my taco. This taco was TOPS!
I asked Ceci to share a colorful culinary commentary on her taco outing, she said:
El agua de piña estaba tan fresca that you could taste the pineapple itself and the way that each of the meats had it’s own true flavor made the tacos really unique and delicious.
The restaurant is lively and vibrant. I mean we were sitting underneath a glass portrait of who we believe was Jose Alfredo Jimenez? (Ceci help me out!) Also, several of the walls are covered by mosaic work of Mexico’s most beautiful scenery, and the service is friendly.
Aside, from the great conversation on the inner working of women and men, and the ever-changing politics of this city, we could definitely agree that Tio Luis’s tacos were fantastic, and that we would most likely return. We would return for juicy-tender asada, salsa picante, and the beautiful scenery.
But- Seriously! Can anyone help me find a tortilla prepared fresh or fresh tasting? I’m craving a tortilla that isn’t lined from a package, or merely laid on a greasy grill to be warmed up. NO! I’m looking for a tortilla that is given at least the same consideration and time as the meat…ayudame, por fa.
For me specifics on the this restaurant visit their website http://www.tioluistacos.com/