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  • Kamilah S.

    My co worker and I came here for lunch. She had chorizo tacos and carne Asada tacos. I had a Milanesa torta and an horchata. The horchata did not have enough cinnamon for my taste, but it was ok. One thing I would recommend changing, they have on the menu al pastor (Mexican Gyro), NOOOO. Al pastor is thin slices of pork put on a spit and the meat is sliced off as needed. Gyro meat is not pork @ all. They are both similar because they are both on a spit and sliced as needed. Thanks.

    (4)
  • Salvador C.

    The best Al Pastor taco around town! It's a little pricy but worth it. I gave it a 4 stars because of the neighborhood. It's so ghetto and I feel someone is going to get shot lol also the place look creepy as hell so I always order to take out.

    (4)
  • Alex L.

    This has awesome Mexican food. Great meats, open late but cash only. Quick with orders over the phone and practically ready in 5 minutes for a few orders. The waiters and cashiers can be douchey at times but they work long hours so it's understandable, they're actually very friendly.

    (5)
  • Sony A.

    Super fast service, excellent tasting taco. I had an al pastor taco and a steak taco. Loved the steak.

    (5)
  • Nicole M.

    I work in the area and a friend suggested we try this place for lunch. Parking was easily accessible which says a lot for street parking anywhere in Chicago. The place itself is simple, nothing flashy but comfortable. My table was sticky so that is minus but he customer service was great and the carne asada tacos...YUM!! I will definately be coming back probably with some wipes for the table but worth it!

    (4)
  • Jeanette F.

    Oh MY God! The Tacos Al Pastor are to die for!! BEST TACOS AL PASTOR in town. Hands down by far. The milkshakes are also very delicious! strawberry!

    (5)
  • MARIA O.

    Whenever I think tacos, I think of Atotonilco. I love their carne asada tacos (with lettuce and tomato) and Al Pastor tacos and Atotonilco tacos (carne asada with sour cream and tomatoes). Their tortas de milanesa are pretty good too with the toasted bun and avocado. They're open at 8am and are open pretty late. As mentioned in other reviews, to order, you just walk up to the grill and let them know what you want. Oooh, do NOT leave here with out asking for a cup of carrots. Salsa is delicious too.

    (5)
  • Señorita Rodrigue Z.

    This place is hands down my best place for tacos near my place (Little Village). You watch your food being made so you know its always fresh. I also love the Horchata (rice water). I usually take my food to go but you can dine in if you like. FYI: CASH ONLY!!!

    (5)
  • Nancy V.

    I love this restaurant! I've going here since I was in my mother's womb. It's a family tradition to come here once a month or so to enjoy their Carne Asada tacos. My favorite drink to order along side my tacos is their chocolate milkshake. You can't go wrong with their tacos.

    (5)
  • Courtney G.

    This is my first 5 star review. These tacos were amazing! Walked in on a Saturday night and this place was packed. Its a bit confusing at first, but everyone was helpful to understand the ordering. Had al pastor tacos and a chicken torta. Excellent! Will definitely come back when I'm in the neighborhood.

    (5)
  • Layda C.

    Tacos al pastor and tacos with carne asada. Made to order, tender and flavorful. Tortillas were light and held up well. Ordered my tacos with carne asada, tomatoes, onions , and cilantro. Plenty of everything, and very fresh. Will definitely return!

    (4)
  • Oliva R.

    Best tacos de al pastor in little village. I've been a customer here for ever 15 years and have never been disappointed. Take cash, no credit. Don't expect anything special when you walk in. It's just your basic taqueria.

    (5)
  • Oraya R.

    my favorite taco joint since i was a little girl! absolutely satisfied everytime i go there. irene still works the register sometimes, love her too! = ) #ask for the tortillas doradas #licuado de fresa

    (5)
  • Angela P.

    Atotonilco shares a parking lot with a laundromat across the street, but it's extremely tight and you're better off looking for street parking. There is metered parking along 26th and on some side streets. Search a little harder, and you can find some free street parking on side streets. It smells delicious in here. It's also chaotic, we didn't know where to order. I tried to order tacos at the cashier, but she pointed at the other counter. We then figured out that you can sit at a table (if we could find one) and they would take our order from there. When you want the check, you'll have to flag down the waiter and then, and only then, do you proceed to the register. Tables are squeezed in haphazardly, and the restaurant was bursting with people on a Sunday afternoon. It's obvious that Atotonilco is a local favorite, even though I just thought it was OK. I had the Al Pastor (pork) and one goat taco. I've never had goat, it was okay, there wasn't much flavor to it and they must chop up the entire goat because I found a few teeny bones in the taco. The Al Pastor is WOW! This stuff is spicy and tastes even better with a squeeze of lime. Service was actually friendly, which I didn't expect given the chaotic atmosphere and how busy they were. The cashier did accuse my friend of not paying though. They could use a better ordering system. Cash only, but there's an ATM inside.

    (3)
  • Courtney C.

    This place is pretty fantastic, but apparently the secret is out. We got here around 230 on a Sunday and there was nowhere to sit. We ended up walking around trying to figure out where to order when a little kid told us to stand up by the grill- not where they're taking your money. We stood there and ordered for carry-out- a el pastor torta and a breaded steak torta. While we were waiting for our food, a table opened up so I snagged it really quickly. It made it a little confusing trying to explain that we'd already ordered but we just wanted to sit down since a table opened up. I put in an order for a melon shake (not exactly sure if this is what I ordered but it was good) and pretty quickly, our server brought out our food. I loved the hell out of my breaded steak torta. In fact, when my husband asked to switch half, I didn't want to let it go. I loved how crunchy the steak was and the avocado on top was a nice surprise. The al pastor was just as good, although of the two, the steak was my preference. I almost wished we would have ordered a few tacos just to try them but we didn't feel like waiting again. The prices are incredibly fair but don't forget it's cash only. They do have an ATM if you forget. Parking is really tough in this area. They do have a designated lot on the corner, however it was full when we were here. We ended up driving a few blocks and found a metered spot (free on Sunday's) I wouldn't hesitate to come back here but I might come earlier so the parking and lines aren't as much of a hassle.

    (4)
  • Steve W.

    This place only offers 3 things tacos torta's and shakes but all 3 are amazing. The sauce and carrots are a must with the tacos. I wish they offered chips or more food items on the menu. Service was friendly and quick.

    (4)
  • Ruben M.

    IM IN LOVE WITH THE PA-STOR......i get for the low low......lol lol really short and simple. AL pastor tacos are like crack, you hooked right away. Amazing flavor, prepared right in front of you, and most importantly clean spot! Love this place, have been coming for years the tacos always taste the same. hope there around for many many more years, oustanding tacos de al apastor!!

    (5)
  • Sonia R.

    Steak tacos, ok but I was disappointed they didn't have chips, not really juicy too well done. Shake are AMAZING you got to have the Banana con Papaya!!

    (3)
  • Keith R.

    Not too sure what my issue is with Atotonilco, maybe my memory isn't as good as it used to be? Or maybe the location I used to frequent that is now closed just happened to be better than this one? Let's start with the parking, maybe some of you did the same thing I did? I parked in the lot across the street, which has a sign that says something like Atotonilco Lavanderia. So my first thought after parking was, "That's weird, they have both a lavanderia and a taqueria under the same roof? Ok, I can roll with that." And then I walked into the Laundromat and almost asked where the tacos were...but before I opened my mouth because my dad always said, "Look with your eyes, not with your mouth.", I backtracked back to the sidewalk and peered across the street and ended up finding the restaurant without embarrassing myself. I walked in and asked if I needed to be seated and they allowed me to have my pick of whatever table I choose. On the tables are napkin holders with the menu on them, and the menu is also all over the walls. So don't ask for the menu. As for my table I chose the back wall nearest to the bathroom and faced the front door. I have an unfounded fear that one day I'll find myself in a scene right out of the movies where the Mafia comes in guns blazing and if I'm seated the way I'm seated, I at least have a chance to duck under my table and use my taco basket as a shield or something. That's enough about my irrational fears. The food! For some reason I've been eating a bunch of tacos lately. At home, at restaurants, everywhere. I don't know what I'm looking for or why, but I've been looking I guess. What I came away with here is that their tacos are a bit on the larger side, so given the price per at $2.50, it would seem expensive compared to other taquerias, but they are bigger, so there's that. I had a set of four tacos, all topped with cilantro and onion, when I came in. Asked for beans and rice, but was told "We don't have rice." I should have clarified with my server. Do you never have rice? Or are you just out of rice at this time, but usually have some on hand? I found that a bit strange given the time I was dining, just after noon on a weekday full of lunch hour diners. Anyways... Carne asada - Were not very flavorful, they tasted of beef and oil and that was pretty much it. These were also pretty grizzly. I mean, gristle-y, which made for a bit of a tougher time to chew through. Picadillo - As opposed to other places picadillo, these were not saucy. This was flavored in the same manner as the steak taco, which is to say minimally. At least there was a lot of meat! I needed a lot of salsa in that taco. Birria - Which is goat. Which I love. And I don't mind the goat flavor, which is hard to avoid when you're eating goat. This has plenty of goat flavor; strips of pulled meat with occasional soft/tender membranous tissue. Very good with plenty of onions, reminds of a certain Filipino dish. Al pastor - The star. No, that's not what al pastor translates to, but this was the star of my meal. True al pastor flavor with slight acidity and the tender fat pockets you only get when the pork shoulder is sliced off the spit gyros style, as al pastor should be served. This was one of the better, if not the best al pastor tacos I've had. The only thing missing was the sweetness of pineapple. But still very good nonetheless. I also had beans to accompany my plate, just beans. Yeah, the rice, I don't know where it's at. But the no rice business was a blessing in disguise because it meant that I could eat more tacos than usual. The beans were very salty and had a very smooth pureed consistency. Not my favorite. But it's beans. My meal was delivered on a plate, and the tacos were so filled and the tortillas not as pliable or warm as I', used to, so half of them broke in half while I was handling them. For dessert I ordered a banana licuado. From the picture, I imagined it to be more like a shake, instead it was more like a smoothie, with bits of fruit and ice, but mostly liquid. It was very fresh tasting and a good palate cleanser for all the onion I ate. I'll come here again, but will probably order more al pastor than other tacos, and maybe next time they'll have rice?

    (3)
  • Vedran A.

    One of the best places for tacos in the city of Chicago. I've been eating here for over twenty years and will continue to as long as the quality remains intact. The service is on point and quick. I recommend trying a few lengua tacos. Delicious.

    (4)
  • Oscar S.

    Food is ok.Same thing as youre going to get just about at most Mexican taquerias.Its decent.Cant say Im a huge fan though.None of the items on their menu really stand out.I do stop in from time to time at about 3 or 4 in the morning if I have the munchies.Not a bad spot.

    (3)
  • Cristina P.

    Pastor and Chicken was really good. Avocado taco was nothing special. The natural juice was good but super super expensive.

    (4)
  • JP P.

    Without question, 26th Street was "Awake" on a early sunny Saturday morning. Hustle and bustle, movers and shakers, and the sounds of the city. Arrived 7:30 A.M craving some Al Pastor! The pork flavor is deep, tasty as hell and absolutely enriched by the cooking process. This is "Spot-On" Al Pastor. The pork texture holds a subtle tenderness equally balanced with crisp charred pieces entered into the mix. Served as Tacos or Tortas....makes no difference. 5 Stars. Looking for fancy atmosphere..."Fugetaboutit." This is tables and chairs! The staff was almost excellent as well. Our server was top notch. The line chef who actually prepared our food was approachable and friendly as one can expect. The "Elder Statesman" whom I believe is in charge of the actual food preparation is amazing. You could not wipe the smile off this dudes face if you tried! He allowed me the opportunity to view his operation. This is a proud man! We never spoke, however he felt the vibe of my admiration. I felt the vibe of his appreciation. However, the cashier fails to match up which only proves your as good as your weakest link.

    (4)
  • Pulga T.

    DELICIOUSOSO!!! Man i've been coming to this place since i was a kid, never changes. The tacos never change, the meat is so flavorful. The fact that you can see everything there cooking is also a plus in my book. Whenever im in the area and crave al pastor this is were i go. Usually i have a lot to say, but when a place is this good, all i have to say is GO TRY IT you wont be disappointed!!

    (5)
  • Vanessa L.

    First time here and I got to admit the place smells, the environment is not clean and the tortillas for the tacos are horrible. Never had to write such a bad review but this place I wouldn't come back or recommend a friend. I ordered tacos and the meat seemed like it was heated more then once, meaning it was not fresh and had no flavor at all. Same with the rest of the tacos my family ordered, really disappointed.

    (1)
  • Herman Y.

    Alpastor con Verdura ! There is very few restaurants within the little village area that compare to Atotonilco's signature taco de Alpastor. The tortas are just as good, and they're packed with a lot of meat and toppings - so it's even better! (1 torta is .50 less than 2 tacos) Strawberry Licuados are the best when made from 12-6 pm (daily) (the lady who makes ..uff!) There is a lot of positive I can say about this restaurant, and not just food wise but business and family wise. I believe on weekends they're open 24/7 .. So there's that haa I once walked in on a Saturday morning at 3am and I've never seen a restaurant be so packed..I was standing shoulder to shoulder with people that just came out of El Baile or Los globos lol

    (5)
  • Daisy M.

    The tacos are the best. Very quick service and the chile is amazing. Overall delicious.

    (5)
  • Maria L.

    I've been coming here since I was a kid and always remembered it as the best taco spot in chicagoland, however on this trip I was disappointed. food was tough and chewy. The fresh fruit juices and drinks are always delicious. service and food is fast. Cash only. Open late.

    (3)
  • Axel R.

    These tacos are so damn good. Ugh. Well I've been a faithful customer here for well over 8 years and my family and I know the cook that makes this place what it is and has people coming back for more. My favorite tacos are the Al pastor and the Atotonilco. They are heaven. And the tortas are amazing. I'm not a huge fan of their horchata but their mango juice is amazing. The only thing I do not like is that their bathrooms aren't cleaned thoroughly and they aren't checked up on enough and there's a smell of bleach and urine that at times, becomes present and can kill an appetite. Other than that everything is good. On busy days don't expect the server to come to your table, this place gets jammed pack. So you have to get his attention. This isn't a 5 star restaurant so don't get bitchy. Do not go on Sundays after 11. The church crowd gathers. Don't come weekends after 12 if you don't like waiting and touching up against one another. Weekdays are always good.

    (4)
  • Bianca C.

    I always love going after the club. They close very late, I think it's 4am. Great pastor tacos and their Pina milkshake.

    (5)
  • Brit S.

    HANDS DOWN THE BEST DAMN CARNE ASADA TACO BAR I'VE EVER BEEN TO IN MY WHOLE LIFE!!!!!! Trust me, I'm latina, so I know good from great when it comes to tacos. The meat was perfectly seasoned, the tacos didn't crumble under the grease, the lettuce was fresh and so were the tomatoes. The horchata was OK but that's not why you come to Atotonilco. Tip: bring cash. No CC'S accepted. Clean, friendly, easy to find, not too many options but enough to be satisfied, quick prep and attentive staff.

    (5)
  • Diana G.

    Wow, some good al pastor tacos. This is definitely better than the other location on 47th. My mom and guy each got the carne asada tortas and my mom loved it. She really loved the bread a lot. She did wished they didn't chop up the meat though. She even ordered a milanesa torta to go. She preferred the carne asada torta. She wished she could just buy the bread. She also said if I'm ever there, to just pick up a torta for her. I'll definitely be back to try a torta and for some tacos next time. They also have a parking lot across the street. Open late, but not sure if they are good enough to risk my life for.

    (4)
  • Israel E.

    I would give this place 5 stars if only their horchata was better. I'm sure it's a family recipe, but it's a little off. However they have some of the best Licuados (shakes) around. Strawberry with chocolate is on point!! Best tacos de al pastor in the world!!!!

    (4)
  • erica m.

    Without a doubt some of the best tacos on 26th street. I've been coming here for years now. Always a great choice for late night food. From tacos or torta you can't go wrong. And their spicy pickled carrots are absolutely amazing. The only down fall which really is they only accept cash. But still amazing! Seriously the carne asada tacos will always hit the spot and made fresh to order. The pastor is good (kinda spicy) and so is everything else it.trust a longtime yelper here. You can't go wrong. Btw they have parking across the street. It's a small lot but its better then having to pay for parking.

    (5)
  • Bob D.

    My review is on the tacos. I use come here when I was younger (10 years ago ) The food was good and it's always been packed inside. Today after about 10 years of not eating here I decided to stop by. Man.. What a disappointment.. The Al pastor tacos were a complete disappointment ! The meat didn't have the "Al pastor" flavor it was just a porky, burnt taste with not much flavor. It was well cooked but just didn't taste like Al Pastor. The tortillas were hard and with too much oil. The tortillas were old or cold and re heated that's what usually makes them hard. $2.50 for a below average taco? No thanks If you want authentic Al pastor tacos stay away from this place. These are just generic Al pastor tacos.

    (2)
  • Johnny G.

    Ahhhhh, every time I'm in my old little village neighborhood I love to stop in. The tacos, tortas and licuados are all delicious. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars, is that they have raised the prices (in my opinion) a bit too high & it's cash only :(. But it's all worth it! Saludos to the Muñoz family.

    (4)
  • Philip T.

    Pretty good tacos. All my friends that live in the neighborhood swear this is the best taco place ever. Maybe they over-sold it to me but it was "meh", decent tacos. Nothing to go crazy about. They are open super late, so that's helpful. =)

    (4)
  • Dimples B.

    This place use to be hands down the best place to eat tacos ever. Now if you have been there years ago you wouldn't be saying they are the best now that's for sure. The meat, not the best like I have been reading on here it USE to be I been living here for 20 years, they have definitely changed beef has no flavor. I'm an just confused as to why people are saying they are so dam good. Clearly haven't been coming here no longer than 10 years to tell the difference between what they were and what they are now. No credit cards cash only. 2.50 for a taco kiss my a**. But The shakes are pretty good, they make them fresh in front of you. Zaca tacos is now the best place to get tacos. No rice BTW! Don't even ask.

    (3)
  • Jorge P.

    I love this place. I am not from the area but my buddies drive to that location and their Al Pastor is amazing. I definitely recommend it again.

    (5)
  • Carolina O.

    This only goes for the location on 26th street (other locations in my opinion... suck) - I have been going here since the 90's and have not gotten tired of their delicious amazing tacos! I think they know a lot of people come here after a night of drinking so they make sure their tacos are on point! Not only are the tacos delicious but their zanahorias are hands down the best zanahorias in the city - soft, spicy, and amazing. So, if you're either being a fatty after 8 pm or are craving some tacos after drinking - then head over to 'nilcos on 26th street.

    (5)
  • Susanne P.

    DELICIOSO! Recommended by a friend, definitely a tasty place to feast when here on La Villita.

    (5)
  • Cesar M.

    Saturday or Sunday, Tacos and Milk shake. I was about 12 the first time I came here and I have been coming since. I used to come here with the family: parents, brothers and sisters, nephews and nieces. usually on the weekends. I really haven't explored the menu a lot because we always get the same things: Tacos al Pastor, torta de milaneza, tacos Atotonilco, strawberry milkshake and horchata.... As I stop writing for a sec. and enjoy some of those memories I wonder if this review will be biased because of the of the same but at the same time every time I eat here is really good. The tacos al pastor are very good, the best tortas de milaneza I have ever had. Tacos Atotonilco are steak tacos with sour cream, tomato and onions, very good as well. And yes a strawberry milkshake to wash it down. Tacos al pastor and straberry milkshake???? yeap, it was good then and it is still good now. Don't think about, don't imagine it, but it's good. I still go on Sats. or Sundays sometimes with family during he day, but some times at night with friends. What?? who said drunk and after the bar closes. LOL Service is nice and fast, gets crowded sometimes but they manage. The place is a little dark but OK. The neighborhood has changed a lot, for the better. Atotonilco solid place

    (4)
  • Nancy A.

    This place was decent until they fucked with me TWICE. The first time I came to this place, I realized the food was over priced. I mean the tacos were okay but damn, $16.00 for 4 tacos and 2 Cokes? I figured, that's how much it cost for authentic Mexican tacos. Nope. I realized they had charged me $6.00 extra! I called and asked the cashier for pricing on my food. He gave me the total of 10.00 for what I had ordered at the restaurant. I asked why was my total 16.00 dollars? He hung up on me. I went back months later with my sister, I decided to give these guys a second try. This time we ordered water instead of one of their beverages to save money on the bill. Once my check came in, once again, there was an extra charge of $4.00! I asked the cashier why was there an extra charge of $4.00? He said, oh, for the water. Umm yes, we got tap water. Not bottled waters. He said "we charge 2.00 for 1 cup of water. You ordered 2 cups." Are you fucking kidding me? Im not paying for tap water when its supposed to be free! He got nervous when I yelled and said he was kidding. He laughed along with the waiters and cooks and took the 4.00 out. He didn't apologize or anything. So if i didnt say anything, he was going to over charge me?? Really? This is the second time this place does this to me. While waiting for my sister to use the bathroom, this women was also complaining that her bill was too high. Smh. This place lost me as a customer. Also, my friend who lives in that neighborhood for years said that they are known to over charge people. Tip: CHECK YOUR BILL BEFORE PAYING!

    (1)
  • Jaime C.

    Atotonilco restaurants.....supposedly one of the better Mexican fast food restaurants in the Chicago area...... I've been here a few times, always after a night of heavy alcohol consumption, mostly because is one of the few places that is open late. I've always thought the food here was good but my last visit ( I was completely sober) disappointed me, I ordered a torta de al pastor and a chocolate milkshake, my server took like 15 min to bring my food, it was cold and greasy, wasn't well cooked and it looked like it had been sitting for a while, not what I remember from my previous visits, I'll be willing to give them another try it since I think it was a bad experience for me. For those of you who walk around with plastic money, it is cash only they do have and ATM inside but the fee is $3 dollars!!!

    (3)
  • Juan D.

    Love it best taco place In chicago no joke this is the best! I been coming here for years. hardly recommended

    (5)
  • Tony H.

    "Me gustaria tres tacos de pastor y una horchata, por favor." That's the only Spanish you need to know to order happily at Atotonilco. I've been coming here since like 1986 or so, and the only thing that's changed about the place is the sink outside the bathrooms, and new bathroom tiles whenever the old ones would get too tagged up. Prices too, but they just hand write and tape those over the original hand painted signs. If it ain't broke, don't repaint it. Kind of dankinside, but that just adds to the rustic feel. Atotonilco doesn't mess around, and they serve only tacos and tortas- a kind of Mexican sandwich served on a sweet lightly grilled bread. They also do menudo on weekends, as most good Mexican places do, and also do a daily skirt steak plate for $10 with beans and a salad. As a kid, my fav here used to be a ham torta, and they'd slap on some mayo and lettuce. One torta was plenty. Nowadays, I stick to the tacos. I usually get two pastor tacos (marinated pork in an amazing spicy red mole sauce), and two carne asada (marinated steak) tacos. Wash it down with an horchata. You will thank me. I compare all other horchatas to theirs here. They also offer all sorts of juices and licuados, with flavors like grape, orange, pineapple, pear, carrot...and they're all fresh squeezed right there. Many Yelpers mention this place is "expensive", but it's super high-qual, and as long as I leave full and happy, $10 for three tacos and an horchata is a steal to me.

    (5)
  • Boopz R.

    All time fave!!!! Been coming to this restaurant all my life.. Tacos and tortas are amazing! Love the liquado de fresa!

    (5)
  • Ted C.

    After hearing from Peater J. about this place I called my friend in the area who, had not been here either. To keep it scientific there we also decided to compare with another taco place. Based on Pete's suggestion we had the Al pastor tacos. WAIT I'm missing a lot of details-Little Village is like stepping out of Chicago and into a Mexican town. Atotonilco is like that too. We got a lot of looks because it was filled with nothing but Mexican folks and everything was written in Spanish-literally nothing in English it seemed like a lot of old school Korean restaurants that have disappeared. We bought 8 tacos 3 for each of us and my sister also wanted some. The tacos are simplicity itself-just meat and tortilla but it was so good. Nothing was needed to make it any better. I didn't see my sister until HOURS later but she still thought it was really good even after like, 8 hours after we bought them.

    (5)
  • Eric D.

    AL PASTOR! The tacos here are pretty good. Great atmosphere and I always like when I can see the kitchen. A late night staple in the area. Avocado tacos for the vegetarians are really good. Menudo on the weekends is really good. Been coming here for years. Never a disappointment.

    (4)
  • Kathryn L.

    2012 Summer Taco Tour Exploring Pilsen's taco gold all summer. | This place is the final word in Al Pastor tacos. // The Experience Monday after work, we were driving down to visit my dad's old south side house and decided to stop at this place on the way back. Friendly staff (gave us some tips on pronouncing 'mileanesa' correctly) and very fast service. The decor was practical without any garish flare. Big space, lots of tables. They bring you spicy pickled carrots as soon as you sit down (they had me at the pickled veggies). // The Food, The Tacos * Al pastor -- AMMMMmmmazing. Juicy, seasoned, shaved right off of the spit. Hands down best al pastor taco in Chicago. * Choirzo -- Pales in comparison to the al pastor. Frankly, a little surprised by the blandness considering the delightful flavors of the al pastor. * Barri -- It's goat meat. Pretty good meat overall, so a little miffed why they dolloped all that sour cream on it. * Milanesa Torta -- bread beef sandwich. Not really my thing, but trying to diversify my experience. The torta bread was light and tasty -- not like the heavy chewy stuff at some places. Ok, but I would stick with the tacos. * Chocolate & Banana Licuado -- one of the famous "milk shakes" -- but not as creamy as I expected -- which was good, since the tacos were pretty meaty and filling. Light, well balanced-- the cinnamon added some flava-ful authentic flare. Summary: Great people, AMAZING Al Pastor tacos and licuados. A little out of the way, but worth the trip on a lazy summer day for $2.50 taco.

    (5)
  • Osiris V.

    So I've been coming here for the past...what...22 years? Wow! I love it. It is very dingy....but you go there for the food. They probably have the same fridge since they opened and they have their stock of pop out in the open for easy viewing. I swear the same people have been working there since I've been going. They only accept cash so don't try going in there with your debit/credit card. Actually, just recently they put in an ATM for the "forgetful" ones. When I was a kid I'd order a taco and a licuado (milkshake) or jugo de zanahoria (Carrot Juice). Nothing beats fresh juice and they have a whole selection of them. It was a treat going there on a Sunday. Now when I go I scarf down about 2 tacos, a torta and horchata then end up regretting it and unbuttoning my pants in the car so I can breathe. I usually order Tacos de carne asada or Pastor and/or Torta de hamon, milanesa or carne asada. They make their own pastor and my mom only eats pastor here. They make their own, and it's heated on a vertical rotisseri. You can watch the guys cut pieces of mean off for your tacos. My dad for some reason enjoys watching me cringe when he orders tacos de lengua (Tongue). I always tell him he'd do good living in the Amazon where he has to catch his dinner. Ew. They do not serve chips and salsa and they don't give you beans and rice with your meal. Just good old greasy delicious tacos and tortas. They serve Menudo on the weekends as well. I would have given this place 5 stars but I was thinking about it the other day and they really need to remodel. I don't know how long they have been open but more than 25 years is my guess. You'd think that they'd have the money to actually put separate sinks in each bathroom and not a joint one. It's kind of gross watching people come out of the bathroom and know that they just touched the doorknob without washing their hands. So I definitely avoid going to the bathroom. The tables and chairs are falling apart! I mean come on...you're a cash only venue, I'm sure a renovation is affordable. Other than that I would recommend this place to anyone wanting authentic tacos and tortas.

    (4)
  • Joe C.

    Ok this place is getting on my nerves. They have gotten SO EXPENSIVE that 2 tacos and a horchata ran me 9.03 SCREW THAT, their food is good, but NOT THAT GOOD to justify 9.03 without even being full..... Ill pass from here on in...... Ill go to el arco where its a LOT cheaper

    (1)
  • Sandy R.

    We've been here too many times to count, we've NEVER EVER been disapointed, EVER. so we'll continue to sneak in and stumble out after hours, enroute home from night out on the city. Go ahead and try the pickled sliced crudité, I do, it probably won't kill you.

    (4)
  • PJ J.

    I don't know friends, this is a ton of money to spend on some just regular tacos. Al Pastor...best in the world? Well. Maybe they get points for texture, slicing Al Pastor like shawarma does indeed provide a nice soft texture. This was such a different take on Al Pastor that it threw me a bit....They're served upside down, ala TV and ala D.F. but where is that eyes closed, "this is Al Pastor" flavor? Fire roasted paste on the first one was a bit weird...and while I think chunks of pineapple sprinkled on these can be utter blasphemy, these here had NO detectable sweetness. I didn't have issues with the service, and the free parking is a mark of an institution. I just need to leave it like this, bulletpoints: 1. Good ass tortas, jamon (jam, LOL) was truly spectacular...the milanesa though was a little chew-toy like in texture, but good. Toasty bread and great proportions... 2. Despite the fact these guys have their name on packs of tortillas and a long history, the tacos aren't all that. This is not Al Pastor, sorry -wrong number. 3. If you're doing a taco tour, fine - I guess you have to go here to "complete the circle"....But damn, this place is uncomfortably expensive. -In closing, I know I'll catch some flak for my low rating of this place, but hey...if you grew up on this stuff -you're probably in love with it and that's okay. It is perfectly fine to acquire a taste....but would your family have taken you there in the 70's or the 80's if the prices were relative to what they are today? I believe the answer is "hells no". Comales' Al Pastor is better...and thats not saying much. ;-)

    (2)
  • Blanche C.

    They have the best tacos ever. Such an authentic place with authentic tacos. Loved the carne asada and al pastor tacos. The horchata is delicious!!!

    (5)
  • Lulu R.

    Driving down 26th street, you see this place with a parking lot across the street attached to the lavadaria. My boyfriend insisted we try this place because he remembers great food coming out of here. We enter and it was so quiet you can hear a pin drop. Not quiet in the sense of the place being empty, quite the contrary. There were several people in there eating. The food was so delicious that everyone shut up and enjoyed their food. I had the Al Pastor taco, Atotonilco Taco (Carne asada with fresh sliced tomato and sour cream), and the Carne asada torta. Let me do a brief breakdown of my food and description of how much I loved it: Carne Asada Torta- The bread was lightly toasted to give it more of a crunch, GENIUS! Plenty of meat, avocado, lettuce and tomato. No frills. A downright good torta. Atotonilco Taco (Carne asada with a slice of tomato and sour cream)- The meat was simply seasoned with salt and pepper. It was a great quality of meat because it was so melt in your mouth, tender, and juicy. The tomato and sour cream gave the taco this tangy and fresh flavor. I was a bit weary to try this at first but I am glad I tried it because it was amazing. Last but not least...The Al Pastor Taco- Wow. Wow. Really wow. I would like to call myself an Al Pastor aficionado and this one is at the top of my list. It was sweet, spicy, and tender. I think this taco was the best part of my trip. They also have a homemade hot sauce on the table if you need that extra heat and it tastes great without over powering the food. We also ordered an Horchata that came ice cold, without the ice. Nothing short of amazing was this trip. I know its hard to pay more than 2 bucks for a taco, but its about the quality. And quality is what you get here. Well worth the trip.

    (5)
  • Sony A.

    I thought once I moved to the South, I would have amazing Mexican food just steps away from my front door and ultimately become the big girl I'm destined to be. Sadly, I was mistaken. I have given this restaurant more then enough chances both sober n drunk. Every visit with the same result .. The workers are assholes and the meat is always so veiny and FLAVORLESS !! I no longer eat out :(

    (1)
  • Picky C.

    hands down the best tacos around. the place is a bit small so they do get crowded but they have free parking. They only accept ca$h. Chase is at the corner though so that's convenient (along with citi, 5/3rd and second federal). If your low on funds do NOT come here, it is a bit expensive. Take your low fund behind to comales or something. Remember quality is never cheap.

    (4)
  • Raul G.

    The Tacos de Al Pastor at this place are by far the best I've ever had. This place really reminds me of the taquerias in Mexico. Not a fancy restaurant and it is cash only. But you will see when you walk in that no one is complaining. Food is just delicious.

    (5)
  • Byanka S.

    My favorite place in the world! But as others have mentioned, it has gotten overpriced. When I go, I always get a torta de carne asada, 2 tacos al pastor, and either a strawberry milkshake or an horchata. I live in St. Louis now, and no other torta compares. 4 stars because of the price.

    (4)
  • Dennis L.

    the al pastor tacos were delicious! Hands down the best horchata i've ever had. the waiter was very and the service was prompt.

    (5)
  • Chuck P.

    As far a taqueria's are concerned this one is very good. I had to laugh a little bit because my friends and I go to Big Star in Wicker Park quite a bit and they all rave about their tacos but I'm not a huge fan. Atotonilco's tacos basically blow Big Star's out of the water and they don't have a so called "chef" on the payroll. I found the best tacos to be the al pastor, barbacoa, and the pollo.

    (4)
  • Aaron N.

    Los tacos son authentico! Atotonilco is legit. I was taken here by my buddy who's from Mexico and said this was the spot to get truly slamming tacos...he was quite right. I ordered the carne asada, pastor, and chorizo tacos and each one was equally amazing. But the deliciousness didn't stop there. We got a torta con carne asada which was flipping slamming as well. The mixture of the lightly toasted bread along with the sauces and perfectly cooked carne was well worth it. Definitely if you are looking for some authentic and mouthwatering tacos, Atotonilco is the spot. I wish I could say boom in Spanish, but Rosetta Stone hasn't covered that one yet. BOOOM!

    (4)
  • Fernando G.

    As far as authentic tacos go, there are only two places that I go to consistently. Atotonilco and Los Comales. Although I tend to lean a little more towards the latter for tacos, Atotonilco's tortas are the best hands down. That's if you can put your hands down after starting to chomp on one. I just wish they would close much later than 2am.

    (5)
  • Aaron L.

    The Al pastor is worth the trip, and yes it is in a nice neighborhood. Very authentic mexican cuisine.

    (5)
  • Nicole L.

    YUM!!!! Okay, so I just get the carne asada tacos but they are delish!!!! And they have those shakes that are water based that are yummy too!!! It's cash only so hit up the ATM before coming here!!! =)

    (5)
  • Brian P.

    I have come here since I was a little child. They literally have the best Al Pastor I can find. Unless someone tells me where to get better Al Pastor then this, this place gets a perfect 5. The place has not changed since I was very little, so its as authentic as it can be.

    (5)
  • Christian L.

    ok, I won't deny the fact that the tacos are one of the best in the chi-town area, obviously doesn't compare with the tacos where I am from, (tacos al pastor con pina). They say that they are D.F. style but I don't think so, they are more like north part of Mexico style, but the reason I giving them a 3 star instead of a 5 start is because the tacos price through the years have gotten to the sky, almost 3 dollars for a taco, that's just ridicules, I won't deny that I still eat there from time to time but not like before I used go there 3 or 4 times a week, now I go there once a month.

    (3)
  • Peater J.

    Great Tacos Al Pastor! So far, this is the best taqueria I've found in Chicago. It's a little out of the way, the other reviewers here are right. The Al Pastor is amazing! I've had most of the tacos on their menu. My other favs include the Birria (Stewed Goat) and the Carne Asada tacos. Both are fantastic. My only gripe would be that I wish more taco joints would put more time into making their salsas. But overall, this is a great taco joint.

    (5)
  • Evelyn P.

    $2.50 for a taco...small not enough meat not at all flavorful. Their tortillas are the ones from the plastic bags not the paper which does make a difference. I have been to their location on 56th and Kedzie and didn't like it but I decided to give this place a shot I'm sorry I did.

    (2)
  • Milan P.

    Really this place is 4 or 5 stars. I just can't give it that rating bc of pricing (2.50 al pastor tacos). The al pastor tacos are the bomb though. They have one of those vertical spits and the slice off the pork fresh to order. The carrots are awesome too! Don't forget the carrots. In any event this place and Indio have the best pork tacos in the city (one man's opinion). They are both totally different, but both are like crack.

    (3)
  • Marcia T.

    I don't know know why this place has so many good reviews...their tacos are greasy...not to mention the meat is tough...and cut in big pieces...chairs are wobbly and tables uneven...I came here one late sat night...and to me it seems that customers had had a few drinks and couldn't distinguished a good taco from a bad one lol...sounds bad but that's how it seemed...so nope won't come again...

    (1)
  • Scott K.

    In hopes of finding a Mexican eatery that I can boast to my wife is as enjoyable as Tia Marias in Geneva I tried Atotonilco in Little Village's 26th street a haven for Mexican eateries. I especially was eager to try the El Pastor tacos. I can't say I'm boasting to my wife but the tacos were tasty, little bummed they didn't have cheese but since I've only been to Mexico twice and don't see any trace of Mexican heritage on the family tree I'll put the negative on me. There was a bit of a language barrier but again I flunked high school Spanish not knowing someday I'd have a love for Mexican cuisine. A big plus for being on 26th street is a private lot across the street that alone makes it a reason to eat at Atotonilco. The ambiance is very basic no thrills but that is a plus in my book cause I don't have to worry about staining a tablecloth Price I thought was average. Several families were there which gave me the indication it is a popular place among the many Mexican places in Little Village Despite the cheese and language barrier I'll give Atotonilco another visit or two

    (3)
  • Ali M.

    Very good tacos and tortas...the kids love the shakes that they have. Nothing to fancy but the food is what you are there for.

    (4)
  • Junior D.

    Lets keep this short and simple... the best steak tacos and the best al pastor...hands down in Chicago... the tortas are delicious and are made estilo D.F which is just sour cream, lettuce, tomato and avocado... and they are the bomb!! Also the best licuados in town.. try Banana, Chocomilk or Strawberry or combine them.. Cash only, fast service

    (5)
  • Rene G.

    Returned to Atotonilco after so many years of not eating here. Everyone is always talking about mmmm the tacos are so good....Atotonilco this and that....no thanks. I was not impressed with the tacos at all sorry to say that. Meat needed a bit more seasoning. Even with the lime juice it did not help. I will still with my Zaca Tacos or Pacos Tacos.

    (3)
  • Angie K.

    This was my second night in a row visiting Atotonilco. The first night I ordered one carne asada taco and one lengua taco. It was good! A friend ordered one of their milkshakes which looked delicious!!! Night two I had to try their milkshake so I ordered the melon milkshake ~ it was one of the best milkshakes I've had ~ refreshing with melon bits and crushed ice, not too sweet but sweet enough. My friend ordered the al pastor taco. He said it was amazing and so did my other friends. So tomorrow night, I will have to go back again to see why everyone is raving about the al pastor. To be continue...

    (4)
  • Peter L.

    Kind of a dark place, lots of wood paneling, tagged-up bathroom -- but great food. They have tacos and tortas, and that's it. Both on the greasy side, the meats are excellent and the carrots and peppers are bomb. A little pricey at over $2 per taco and $4 per torta, but the sizes are decent. I like the Los Comales tortas better (something about the bread), but the tacos here are much bigger. Service is great and the food comes out FAST. And they have parking too. Just don't go looking for the taqueria inside the laundromat...

    (3)
  • Terri M.

    I have not written a review in over a year, but this place has inspired me to get back into yelping--that's how good it is! First of all, it is the perfect little taqueria/torta place. It's a modest-sized restaurant, but somehow friendly, welcoming, and spacious. The menu is posted on the wall in the form of 6 foot signs all around the room, and you can see the food being made because they are behind the counter at the front of the restaurant. The choices are pretty simple: tacos or tortas, but with about seven or eight filling options, including a couple of vegetarian options. So my reviews are veg friendly (pescetarian, really) and tend to favor southside neighborhoods. This is therefore the perfect place with which to restart my yelping. THIS PLACE HAD THE MOST AMAZING AVOCADO TACOS! Yes, avocado tacos. Yum. Here's why: You have the option of having them with beans, which I did. There were also several slices of perfectly ripe avocados that I could actually taste. You also have the option of lettuce and tomato, but who wants that on a taco. I had cilantro and onion and sour cream. Add some of their tasty salsa and you have yourself a wonderful flavor explosion in your mouth with the perfect contrast between the fresh corn tortillas and the velvety filling of beans, avocados and sour cream. Oh. My. God. The neighborhood where this place is located is also one of the most interesting, if less commonly explored in the city. A saw a few reviewers refer to the restaurant's location as "middle of nowhere," but that is so wrong and culturally insensitive, I don't even know where to start. Little Village is one of the most vibrant neighborhoods of the Latino community in Chicago. The people are friendly, the food is amazing. I can't wait to go back and eat my way through the area.

    (4)
  • Magaly G.

    I have been coming here since I was a little girl! I think the tacos de pollo are my favorite and one of the best lilttle places to get pollo or carne asada in little village for sure! Make sure to get a licuado de platano milkshake to go along with your torta or tacos. The green sauce is also amazing I recommend this place if you are a taco fan

    (4)
  • Antonio U.

    Everyone has their favorite taco place but regardless of your favorite you must try this place at least once in your life. It is as no frills as it gets but what you get cannot be matched anywhere else. They have THE BEST al pastor on the planet, milanesa, lengua and even their specialty carne asada tacos by the name of the restaurant.,Atotonilco which consist of steak, sour cream and tomatoes. The bathrooms are not very nice, the decor is outdated and the neighborhood is nothing to write home about, but the service is spectacular and the food amazing. The two things that matter most in a fast serve taco place.

    (5)
  • Liz W.

    My friend was raving about these tacos how they're the best and blah blah blah. First of all this place is not in a very good neighborhood. They are cash ONLY. They cook the meat right in front of you instead of cooking it ahead of time and having it sit there and dry out. To me the tacos were just OK. The meat was very chewy. My friend told me that they are open pretty late on the weekends for all you drunkies out there. I probably wouldn't venture to Atotonilco's for some tacos again.

    (3)
  • Danny M.

    Ok let me start off by saying this was my go to place when I was younger.My parents took me to this place all the time when I was a kid..yes this place was good back then but not anymore..the carne asda is bad its very chewy and cut poorly. The tacos are too greasy and their tortas aren't special. They haven't changed the place at all, the place is all beat up tables,chairs , walls and floor need to be upgraded..over and out...

    (2)
  • Christopher L.

    My first official 5 star rating! Al Pastor is famzing! I love this place period... well exclamation point! twice !!

    (5)
  • Annette A.

    As a kid my parents would pick up dinner here, especially in the summer time, because my mom hated cooking in a house that became like an inferno whenever she cooked. It was a nice treat for us, I love the tacos and my favorite is the Atotonilco which has a nice dab of sour cream. Tortas are great as well, my college friends got a chance to try them out and loved them as well. They are open late on the weekends, hence why I was able to convince college friends to go here. Their milkshakes are good too, and their Horchata.

    (5)
  • Syndi C.

    Best steak tacos...........EVER!!!!!!!!!! With that out of the way while not the most eye appealing decor you but you go for the food. You cant go wrong small menu but everything is always made perfect its hard for me to believe anybody would diss this place. It is what it is and they stay true to the food which is what matters most.

    (5)
  • Luis C.

    Good authentic tacos....you can have them with onion and cilantro ( thats mexican style) or you can ask for them with lettuce and tomato ( american style) theres nothing wrong with either...the meat is excellent and the service is fast paced....if youre ordering take out.. make sure you speak up because the man at the stove will rarely turn around to acknowledge you....just speak your order out loud and he will hear you...as for the restaurant itself...well, i don't like to eat there....its no nonsense and no frills....its ok but just for a quick bite...its more of a take out joint with good affordable mexican food

    (4)
  • Flor O.

    Love the lengua tacos at atotonilco!!! the tongue meat is steamy soft and delicious! now a days is hard to find a restaurant that cooks lengua meat perfect!. Atotonilco is definately my top restaurant to go to when im craving some tacos de lengua!

    (5)
  • Angela P.

    I have been here one, maybe two times with my friend, who used to always go there with her family. She said they have good, GREASY tacos and she was right. That is pretty much all they have on the menu and they do them well. I remember eating their carne asada, but I can't remember what else I had, I just remember them being greasy and pretty tasty! If I was in the area I would go back, but I don't think I would make the trip from Elgin when I have Los Comales ( yelp.com/biz/los-comales… ) right here which has some of the best tacos around! But, def, if I was near 26th, I would stop in and clog an artery or two! =]

    (3)
  • Lv S.

    If you like some good shakes and tacos this is the spot! Good fast service and great food. After I shop the little stores down 26th St on Sat. mornings.

    (4)
  • A G.

    Folks I have been to Northern and Southern Mexico and I gotta tell you all this place is authentic to a freaking T. This place has been a staple of 26th street for so many years and for good reason: It refuses to change!! In this case that is a positive: The menus have not been changed in 20 plus years since I have eaten there and believe me while the prices have certainly changed (tape covers the original prices on the wall menu how I miss paying a 1.20 for a taco$) Either way the Tortas remain delicious although I have to admit that the Tacos considering the price are a little expensive at about 2.50 a pop but the Tortas are indeed surreal and soooo tasty. Wait!!!! I cannot stop talking about the Tortas!!!!!!! Folks get the Torta de Millanesa which is essentially breaded steak and man is it good!!! in a close second is a cliched but still excellent Torta de Carne Asada and the always surprising Torta de Lengua which is beef tongue baby No chips and salsa and no refills this place always makes me relive my childhood and is authentic Mexican goodness. ps. visit this place at about 1.am during the weekeds because not only will you encounter Chicago's finest but also the occasional club goers who have had one to many, and the occasional clown with a red nose so big that it falls off and everyone gets candy!!! all this makes you realize that this place is one of a kind despite the multiple locations which surprisingly are pretty damn good but nothing beats the original so head on over there. the filtering system on yelp is biased man

    (5)
  • Angelica S.

    They are ok and they have gotten really expensive the tacos used to be $1 and now they are like $3 if I am not mistaken. They sometimes cut there meat in really big chunks. Its open 24hrs on the weekends it's a good place to stop by after a late night out

    (3)
  • Jake F.

    You probably have to go to Mexico City to get better al pastor....it is simply awesome here!.....Probably the best tacos in all of Chicago. The Lengua is also outstanding. Finish off with a Strawberry Liquado and you have yourself quite a nice meal.

    (5)
  • Toby M.

    By far, the BEST horchatas ever! A must :-)

    (5)
  • Valerie Emma C.

    This is our first AND last stop when my husband and I visit my family in Chicago. This place is AWESOME... the al pastor tacos are to die for!! We live in DC and I wish there was an Atotonilco's here!! We had these folks cater our rehearsal dinner... it was great!! They had a taquero come out and they had ALL the fixings... best wedding gift EVER!! Needless to say, we are hooked, and are already looking forward to our next trip to the 'Chi.

    (5)
  • Tania M.

    Been coming here since I was a kid. I've traveled so much and have NEVER tasted any other taco as good as their al pastor tacos from here! Everything from their semi-toasty/crunchy tortillas, to their sauce on the table, to their licuados and tortas. But in all honesty folks, BY FAR THE BEST AL PASTOR TACOS YOU WILL EVER ENCOUNTER IN YOUR LIFE.

    (5)
  • Javier B.

    Discovered this place through a co-worker. Very simple menu. Tacos and tortas. That's all you need! The al pastor is awesome. That's what I always get. You have to love the hot carrots and jalapenos that they give you to snack on. Definitely healthier than a basket of chips. This is a taqueria, so don't expect lots of ambiance, but for really good al pastor tacos or tortas, this place delivers!

    (4)
  • Lupe B.

    I've lived in little village my whole life and I know this is the BEST TACO fix you will ever get. Sure it's a little dirty looking, needs a ton of remodeling but are you gonna eat or enjoy the decor? The al pastor is to die for the tortas are filled with meat (unlike other places they arent cheap) the horchatas are perfect and they're open til 2. Serioulsly go here for real tacos! Plus they have parking across the street shared with the laundry mat.

    (5)
  • Maria C.

    They marinate the tortillas in grease, heart attack waiting to happen but they're so good that way...They are not small like Comales that is why I like them. The meat is actually cooked right and doesn't taste like it's been sitting there. The waiters are really nice as well. The place is not that nice looking but you're here to eat, right!

    (5)
  • Michelle R.

    This place is Taco and Torta heaven for me! I've grown up my whole life in Little Village, Left for a couple months and came back. What I missed the most was this place! You have to try the tacos al pastor, and an agua de horchata. Yes Greasy but sweeeeeeeeet! You would think a person eating at this place all my life would be sick but I seem to be pretty satisfied every time I show.

    (4)
  • Ora R.

    Tacos al pastor have to be my absolute favorite!!! I used to live in the neighborhood and this past weekend while visiting my parents I had the enjoyment of having some tacos. They are a bit pricey about $2.50 per taco but they do not skimp out on the meat portion. They go great with salsa for an extra kick. So many memories this place brings. This was always the place to go after a nice long concert. The menu is on the wall for those who don't know. The place is old, beat up but the food is good. By far best tacos I've had anywhere else. The only negative is that they only accept cash.

    (4)
  • Kim V.

    We were told about Atotonilco by a local at last week's Open House Chicago/ Little Village event - what a great recommendation. He mentioned that he orders a vat-sized strawberry liquado and the Atotonilco tacos, which is exactly what I ordered. My husband had lengua and chorizo tacos with fresh oj. Both our lunches were delicious and it was fun being in a new neighborhood-wish we lived closer!

    (4)
  • Jackie M.

    I grew up on 26 th st and I have to say these tacos are very good , but very pricey the tacos are over $2.00 dollars each and they are very stingy with the meat . I have not been there like in 3 years ever since I found a new taco joint that is on 63rd and Kostner its called Taqueria El Pastor.

    (3)
  • Rico T.

    This restaurant is the Mexican equivalent of McDonald's. Greasy and really good. My favorite is the torta milanesa. In the later hours, it's a great time for people watching.

    (4)
  • Kim M.

    I only get the Tacos Al Pastor here. Wow - they cook the meat on a spit - like gyro meat! Most taco places give you tiny minced meat for the al pastor - but this place gives you premium meat. Their sauce is super spicy, but still really good (and I normally can't handle spicy). Also they make their own tortillas and they are delicious! Sure, they're a little pricey for tacos, but well worth it! My husband and I make excuses to go down to the South Side just so we can go get these tacos!

    (5)
  • Celina H.

    I grew up near 26th Street and this was one of my favorite places to eat growing up. The tortas the carne asada with a banana liquado hits the spot. Maybe even a taco de picadillo. I prefer to pick-up my order and have at home, i wish this place could deliver. I haven't been there in a while but i look forward to it when i visit Chicago.

    (4)
  • jay d.

    ive been going here even before it was at its current location, it was across the street a loooong time ago, anyways. i go here for Tortas, there ok, i avoided this place for a long time, because they would not chop up there steak but they have changed that since, they chop it now. i try to avoid going there still if theres another taco joint open, i always thought it was wierd that you tell the cook what you want then take it to the counter to pay, and for some reason the cooks always have a smerk on there faces, not sure what thats all about. if they would fix the cooks smerk id give them another star, but till then im cool with giving them three, this place is a good place to break sombody into 26th st tacos, but not if you want a real hardy dinner.

    (3)
  • tony r.

    ah, here we are. this "restaurant" has only one reason to exist, and that is the Al Pastor tacos. really, with a bit of imagination YOU can make most of the stuff on their menu. and make it better. but the al pastor, ( marinaded pork ) tacos are head and shoulder the best in this state. i will stand behind that statement. unfortunately, i can't say the same about the rest of the menu. only for the hardcore pork enthusiast

    (2)
  • Nancy V.

    I love this restaurant! I've going here since I was in my mother's womb. It's a family tradition to come here once a month or so to enjoy their Carne Asada tacos. My favorite drink to order along side my tacos is their chocolate milkshake. You can't go wrong with their tacos.

    (5)
  • Cesar M.

    Saturday or Sunday, Tacos and Milk shake. I was about 12 the first time I came here and I have been coming since. I used to come here with the family: parents, brothers and sisters, nephews and nieces. usually on the weekends. I really haven't explored the menu a lot because we always get the same things: Tacos al Pastor, torta de milaneza, tacos Atotonilco, strawberry milkshake and horchata.... As I stop writing for a sec. and enjoy some of those memories I wonder if this review will be biased because of the of the same but at the same time every time I eat here is really good. The tacos al pastor are very good, the best tortas de milaneza I have ever had. Tacos Atotonilco are steak tacos with sour cream, tomato and onions, very good as well. And yes a strawberry milkshake to wash it down. Tacos al pastor and straberry milkshake???? yeap, it was good then and it is still good now. Don't think about, don't imagine it, but it's good. I still go on Sats. or Sundays sometimes with family during he day, but some times at night with friends. What?? who said drunk and after the bar closes. LOL Service is nice and fast, gets crowded sometimes but they manage. The place is a little dark but OK. The neighborhood has changed a lot, for the better. Atotonilco solid place

    (4)
  • Nancy A.

    This place was decent until they fucked with me TWICE. The first time I came to this place, I realized the food was over priced. I mean the tacos were okay but damn, $16.00 for 4 tacos and 2 Cokes? I figured, that's how much it cost for authentic Mexican tacos. Nope. I realized they had charged me $6.00 extra! I called and asked the cashier for pricing on my food. He gave me the total of 10.00 for what I had ordered at the restaurant. I asked why was my total 16.00 dollars? He hung up on me. I went back months later with my sister, I decided to give these guys a second try. This time we ordered water instead of one of their beverages to save money on the bill. Once my check came in, once again, there was an extra charge of $4.00! I asked the cashier why was there an extra charge of $4.00? He said, oh, for the water. Umm yes, we got tap water. Not bottled waters. He said "we charge 2.00 for 1 cup of water. You ordered 2 cups." Are you fucking kidding me? Im not paying for tap water when its supposed to be free! He got nervous when I yelled and said he was kidding. He laughed along with the waiters and cooks and took the 4.00 out. He didn't apologize or anything. So if i didnt say anything, he was going to over charge me?? Really? This is the second time this place does this to me. While waiting for my sister to use the bathroom, this women was also complaining that her bill was too high. Smh. This place lost me as a customer. Also, my friend who lives in that neighborhood for years said that they are known to over charge people. Tip: CHECK YOUR BILL BEFORE PAYING!

    (1)
  • Blanche C.

    They have the best tacos ever. Such an authentic place with authentic tacos. Loved the carne asada and al pastor tacos. The horchata is delicious!!!

    (5)
  • Oraya R.

    my favorite taco joint since i was a little girl! absolutely satisfied everytime i go there. irene still works the register sometimes, love her too! = ) #ask for the tortillas doradas #licuado de fresa

    (5)
  • Angela P.

    Atotonilco shares a parking lot with a laundromat across the street, but it's extremely tight and you're better off looking for street parking. There is metered parking along 26th and on some side streets. Search a little harder, and you can find some free street parking on side streets. It smells delicious in here. It's also chaotic, we didn't know where to order. I tried to order tacos at the cashier, but she pointed at the other counter. We then figured out that you can sit at a table (if we could find one) and they would take our order from there. When you want the check, you'll have to flag down the waiter and then, and only then, do you proceed to the register. Tables are squeezed in haphazardly, and the restaurant was bursting with people on a Sunday afternoon. It's obvious that Atotonilco is a local favorite, even though I just thought it was OK. I had the Al Pastor (pork) and one goat taco. I've never had goat, it was okay, there wasn't much flavor to it and they must chop up the entire goat because I found a few teeny bones in the taco. The Al Pastor is WOW! This stuff is spicy and tastes even better with a squeeze of lime. Service was actually friendly, which I didn't expect given the chaotic atmosphere and how busy they were. The cashier did accuse my friend of not paying though. They could use a better ordering system. Cash only, but there's an ATM inside.

    (3)
  • Courtney C.

    This place is pretty fantastic, but apparently the secret is out. We got here around 230 on a Sunday and there was nowhere to sit. We ended up walking around trying to figure out where to order when a little kid told us to stand up by the grill- not where they're taking your money. We stood there and ordered for carry-out- a el pastor torta and a breaded steak torta. While we were waiting for our food, a table opened up so I snagged it really quickly. It made it a little confusing trying to explain that we'd already ordered but we just wanted to sit down since a table opened up. I put in an order for a melon shake (not exactly sure if this is what I ordered but it was good) and pretty quickly, our server brought out our food. I loved the hell out of my breaded steak torta. In fact, when my husband asked to switch half, I didn't want to let it go. I loved how crunchy the steak was and the avocado on top was a nice surprise. The al pastor was just as good, although of the two, the steak was my preference. I almost wished we would have ordered a few tacos just to try them but we didn't feel like waiting again. The prices are incredibly fair but don't forget it's cash only. They do have an ATM if you forget. Parking is really tough in this area. They do have a designated lot on the corner, however it was full when we were here. We ended up driving a few blocks and found a metered spot (free on Sunday's) I wouldn't hesitate to come back here but I might come earlier so the parking and lines aren't as much of a hassle.

    (4)
  • Steve W.

    This place only offers 3 things tacos torta's and shakes but all 3 are amazing. The sauce and carrots are a must with the tacos. I wish they offered chips or more food items on the menu. Service was friendly and quick.

    (4)
  • Ruben M.

    IM IN LOVE WITH THE PA-STOR......i get for the low low......lol lol really short and simple. AL pastor tacos are like crack, you hooked right away. Amazing flavor, prepared right in front of you, and most importantly clean spot! Love this place, have been coming for years the tacos always taste the same. hope there around for many many more years, oustanding tacos de al apastor!!

    (5)
  • Sonia R.

    Steak tacos, ok but I was disappointed they didn't have chips, not really juicy too well done. Shake are AMAZING you got to have the Banana con Papaya!!

    (3)
  • Keith R.

    Not too sure what my issue is with Atotonilco, maybe my memory isn't as good as it used to be? Or maybe the location I used to frequent that is now closed just happened to be better than this one? Let's start with the parking, maybe some of you did the same thing I did? I parked in the lot across the street, which has a sign that says something like Atotonilco Lavanderia. So my first thought after parking was, "That's weird, they have both a lavanderia and a taqueria under the same roof? Ok, I can roll with that." And then I walked into the Laundromat and almost asked where the tacos were...but before I opened my mouth because my dad always said, "Look with your eyes, not with your mouth.", I backtracked back to the sidewalk and peered across the street and ended up finding the restaurant without embarrassing myself. I walked in and asked if I needed to be seated and they allowed me to have my pick of whatever table I choose. On the tables are napkin holders with the menu on them, and the menu is also all over the walls. So don't ask for the menu. As for my table I chose the back wall nearest to the bathroom and faced the front door. I have an unfounded fear that one day I'll find myself in a scene right out of the movies where the Mafia comes in guns blazing and if I'm seated the way I'm seated, I at least have a chance to duck under my table and use my taco basket as a shield or something. That's enough about my irrational fears. The food! For some reason I've been eating a bunch of tacos lately. At home, at restaurants, everywhere. I don't know what I'm looking for or why, but I've been looking I guess. What I came away with here is that their tacos are a bit on the larger side, so given the price per at $2.50, it would seem expensive compared to other taquerias, but they are bigger, so there's that. I had a set of four tacos, all topped with cilantro and onion, when I came in. Asked for beans and rice, but was told "We don't have rice." I should have clarified with my server. Do you never have rice? Or are you just out of rice at this time, but usually have some on hand? I found that a bit strange given the time I was dining, just after noon on a weekday full of lunch hour diners. Anyways... Carne asada - Were not very flavorful, they tasted of beef and oil and that was pretty much it. These were also pretty grizzly. I mean, gristle-y, which made for a bit of a tougher time to chew through. Picadillo - As opposed to other places picadillo, these were not saucy. This was flavored in the same manner as the steak taco, which is to say minimally. At least there was a lot of meat! I needed a lot of salsa in that taco. Birria - Which is goat. Which I love. And I don't mind the goat flavor, which is hard to avoid when you're eating goat. This has plenty of goat flavor; strips of pulled meat with occasional soft/tender membranous tissue. Very good with plenty of onions, reminds of a certain Filipino dish. Al pastor - The star. No, that's not what al pastor translates to, but this was the star of my meal. True al pastor flavor with slight acidity and the tender fat pockets you only get when the pork shoulder is sliced off the spit gyros style, as al pastor should be served. This was one of the better, if not the best al pastor tacos I've had. The only thing missing was the sweetness of pineapple. But still very good nonetheless. I also had beans to accompany my plate, just beans. Yeah, the rice, I don't know where it's at. But the no rice business was a blessing in disguise because it meant that I could eat more tacos than usual. The beans were very salty and had a very smooth pureed consistency. Not my favorite. But it's beans. My meal was delivered on a plate, and the tacos were so filled and the tortillas not as pliable or warm as I', used to, so half of them broke in half while I was handling them. For dessert I ordered a banana licuado. From the picture, I imagined it to be more like a shake, instead it was more like a smoothie, with bits of fruit and ice, but mostly liquid. It was very fresh tasting and a good palate cleanser for all the onion I ate. I'll come here again, but will probably order more al pastor than other tacos, and maybe next time they'll have rice?

    (3)
  • Daisy M.

    The tacos are the best. Very quick service and the chile is amazing. Overall delicious.

    (5)
  • Maria L.

    I've been coming here since I was a kid and always remembered it as the best taco spot in chicagoland, however on this trip I was disappointed. food was tough and chewy. The fresh fruit juices and drinks are always delicious. service and food is fast. Cash only. Open late.

    (3)
  • Courtney G.

    This is my first 5 star review. These tacos were amazing! Walked in on a Saturday night and this place was packed. Its a bit confusing at first, but everyone was helpful to understand the ordering. Had al pastor tacos and a chicken torta. Excellent! Will definitely come back when I'm in the neighborhood.

    (5)
  • JP P.

    Without question, 26th Street was "Awake" on a early sunny Saturday morning. Hustle and bustle, movers and shakers, and the sounds of the city. Arrived 7:30 A.M craving some Al Pastor! The pork flavor is deep, tasty as hell and absolutely enriched by the cooking process. This is "Spot-On" Al Pastor. The pork texture holds a subtle tenderness equally balanced with crisp charred pieces entered into the mix. Served as Tacos or Tortas....makes no difference. 5 Stars. Looking for fancy atmosphere..."Fugetaboutit." This is tables and chairs! The staff was almost excellent as well. Our server was top notch. The line chef who actually prepared our food was approachable and friendly as one can expect. The "Elder Statesman" whom I believe is in charge of the actual food preparation is amazing. You could not wipe the smile off this dudes face if you tried! He allowed me the opportunity to view his operation. This is a proud man! We never spoke, however he felt the vibe of my admiration. I felt the vibe of his appreciation. However, the cashier fails to match up which only proves your as good as your weakest link.

    (4)
  • Pulga T.

    DELICIOUSOSO!!! Man i've been coming to this place since i was a kid, never changes. The tacos never change, the meat is so flavorful. The fact that you can see everything there cooking is also a plus in my book. Whenever im in the area and crave al pastor this is were i go. Usually i have a lot to say, but when a place is this good, all i have to say is GO TRY IT you wont be disappointed!!

    (5)
  • Vanessa L.

    First time here and I got to admit the place smells, the environment is not clean and the tortillas for the tacos are horrible. Never had to write such a bad review but this place I wouldn't come back or recommend a friend. I ordered tacos and the meat seemed like it was heated more then once, meaning it was not fresh and had no flavor at all. Same with the rest of the tacos my family ordered, really disappointed.

    (1)
  • Herman Y.

    Alpastor con Verdura ! There is very few restaurants within the little village area that compare to Atotonilco's signature taco de Alpastor. The tortas are just as good, and they're packed with a lot of meat and toppings - so it's even better! (1 torta is .50 less than 2 tacos) Strawberry Licuados are the best when made from 12-6 pm (daily) (the lady who makes ..uff!) There is a lot of positive I can say about this restaurant, and not just food wise but business and family wise. I believe on weekends they're open 24/7 .. So there's that haa I once walked in on a Saturday morning at 3am and I've never seen a restaurant be so packed..I was standing shoulder to shoulder with people that just came out of El Baile or Los globos lol

    (5)
  • Layda C.

    Tacos al pastor and tacos with carne asada. Made to order, tender and flavorful. Tortillas were light and held up well. Ordered my tacos with carne asada, tomatoes, onions , and cilantro. Plenty of everything, and very fresh. Will definitely return!

    (4)
  • Oliva R.

    Best tacos de al pastor in little village. I've been a customer here for ever 15 years and have never been disappointed. Take cash, no credit. Don't expect anything special when you walk in. It's just your basic taqueria.

    (5)
  • Axel R.

    These tacos are so damn good. Ugh. Well I've been a faithful customer here for well over 8 years and my family and I know the cook that makes this place what it is and has people coming back for more. My favorite tacos are the Al pastor and the Atotonilco. They are heaven. And the tortas are amazing. I'm not a huge fan of their horchata but their mango juice is amazing. The only thing I do not like is that their bathrooms aren't cleaned thoroughly and they aren't checked up on enough and there's a smell of bleach and urine that at times, becomes present and can kill an appetite. Other than that everything is good. On busy days don't expect the server to come to your table, this place gets jammed pack. So you have to get his attention. This isn't a 5 star restaurant so don't get bitchy. Do not go on Sundays after 11. The church crowd gathers. Don't come weekends after 12 if you don't like waiting and touching up against one another. Weekdays are always good.

    (4)
  • Bianca C.

    I always love going after the club. They close very late, I think it's 4am. Great pastor tacos and their Pina milkshake.

    (5)
  • Brit S.

    HANDS DOWN THE BEST DAMN CARNE ASADA TACO BAR I'VE EVER BEEN TO IN MY WHOLE LIFE!!!!!! Trust me, I'm latina, so I know good from great when it comes to tacos. The meat was perfectly seasoned, the tacos didn't crumble under the grease, the lettuce was fresh and so were the tomatoes. The horchata was OK but that's not why you come to Atotonilco. Tip: bring cash. No CC'S accepted. Clean, friendly, easy to find, not too many options but enough to be satisfied, quick prep and attentive staff.

    (5)
  • Diana G.

    Wow, some good al pastor tacos. This is definitely better than the other location on 47th. My mom and guy each got the carne asada tortas and my mom loved it. She really loved the bread a lot. She did wished they didn't chop up the meat though. She even ordered a milanesa torta to go. She preferred the carne asada torta. She wished she could just buy the bread. She also said if I'm ever there, to just pick up a torta for her. I'll definitely be back to try a torta and for some tacos next time. They also have a parking lot across the street. Open late, but not sure if they are good enough to risk my life for.

    (4)
  • Israel E.

    I would give this place 5 stars if only their horchata was better. I'm sure it's a family recipe, but it's a little off. However they have some of the best Licuados (shakes) around. Strawberry with chocolate is on point!! Best tacos de al pastor in the world!!!!

    (4)
  • erica m.

    Without a doubt some of the best tacos on 26th street. I've been coming here for years now. Always a great choice for late night food. From tacos or torta you can't go wrong. And their spicy pickled carrots are absolutely amazing. The only down fall which really is they only accept cash. But still amazing! Seriously the carne asada tacos will always hit the spot and made fresh to order. The pastor is good (kinda spicy) and so is everything else it.trust a longtime yelper here. You can't go wrong. Btw they have parking across the street. It's a small lot but its better then having to pay for parking.

    (5)
  • Bob D.

    My review is on the tacos. I use come here when I was younger (10 years ago ) The food was good and it's always been packed inside. Today after about 10 years of not eating here I decided to stop by. Man.. What a disappointment.. The Al pastor tacos were a complete disappointment ! The meat didn't have the "Al pastor" flavor it was just a porky, burnt taste with not much flavor. It was well cooked but just didn't taste like Al Pastor. The tortillas were hard and with too much oil. The tortillas were old or cold and re heated that's what usually makes them hard. $2.50 for a below average taco? No thanks If you want authentic Al pastor tacos stay away from this place. These are just generic Al pastor tacos.

    (2)
  • Johnny G.

    Ahhhhh, every time I'm in my old little village neighborhood I love to stop in. The tacos, tortas and licuados are all delicious. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars, is that they have raised the prices (in my opinion) a bit too high & it's cash only :(. But it's all worth it! Saludos to the Muñoz family.

    (4)
  • Philip T.

    Pretty good tacos. All my friends that live in the neighborhood swear this is the best taco place ever. Maybe they over-sold it to me but it was "meh", decent tacos. Nothing to go crazy about. They are open super late, so that's helpful. =)

    (4)
  • Dimples B.

    This place use to be hands down the best place to eat tacos ever. Now if you have been there years ago you wouldn't be saying they are the best now that's for sure. The meat, not the best like I have been reading on here it USE to be I been living here for 20 years, they have definitely changed beef has no flavor. I'm an just confused as to why people are saying they are so dam good. Clearly haven't been coming here no longer than 10 years to tell the difference between what they were and what they are now. No credit cards cash only. 2.50 for a taco kiss my a**. But The shakes are pretty good, they make them fresh in front of you. Zaca tacos is now the best place to get tacos. No rice BTW! Don't even ask.

    (3)
  • Jorge P.

    I love this place. I am not from the area but my buddies drive to that location and their Al Pastor is amazing. I definitely recommend it again.

    (5)
  • Carolina O.

    This only goes for the location on 26th street (other locations in my opinion... suck) - I have been going here since the 90's and have not gotten tired of their delicious amazing tacos! I think they know a lot of people come here after a night of drinking so they make sure their tacos are on point! Not only are the tacos delicious but their zanahorias are hands down the best zanahorias in the city - soft, spicy, and amazing. So, if you're either being a fatty after 8 pm or are craving some tacos after drinking - then head over to 'nilcos on 26th street.

    (5)
  • Susanne P.

    DELICIOSO! Recommended by a friend, definitely a tasty place to feast when here on La Villita.

    (5)
  • Salvador C.

    The best Al Pastor taco around town! It's a little pricy but worth it. I gave it a 4 stars because of the neighborhood. It's so ghetto and I feel someone is going to get shot lol also the place look creepy as hell so I always order to take out.

    (4)
  • Alex L.

    This has awesome Mexican food. Great meats, open late but cash only. Quick with orders over the phone and practically ready in 5 minutes for a few orders. The waiters and cashiers can be douchey at times but they work long hours so it's understandable, they're actually very friendly.

    (5)
  • Kamilah S.

    My co worker and I came here for lunch. She had chorizo tacos and carne Asada tacos. I had a Milanesa torta and an horchata. The horchata did not have enough cinnamon for my taste, but it was ok. One thing I would recommend changing, they have on the menu al pastor (Mexican Gyro), NOOOO. Al pastor is thin slices of pork put on a spit and the meat is sliced off as needed. Gyro meat is not pork @ all. They are both similar because they are both on a spit and sliced as needed. Thanks.

    (4)
  • Vedran A.

    One of the best places for tacos in the city of Chicago. I've been eating here for over twenty years and will continue to as long as the quality remains intact. The service is on point and quick. I recommend trying a few lengua tacos. Delicious.

    (4)
  • Oscar S.

    Food is ok.Same thing as youre going to get just about at most Mexican taquerias.Its decent.Cant say Im a huge fan though.None of the items on their menu really stand out.I do stop in from time to time at about 3 or 4 in the morning if I have the munchies.Not a bad spot.

    (3)
  • Cristina P.

    Pastor and Chicken was really good. Avocado taco was nothing special. The natural juice was good but super super expensive.

    (4)
  • Sony A.

    Super fast service, excellent tasting taco. I had an al pastor taco and a steak taco. Loved the steak.

    (5)
  • Nicole M.

    I work in the area and a friend suggested we try this place for lunch. Parking was easily accessible which says a lot for street parking anywhere in Chicago. The place itself is simple, nothing flashy but comfortable. My table was sticky so that is minus but he customer service was great and the carne asada tacos...YUM!! I will definately be coming back probably with some wipes for the table but worth it!

    (4)
  • Jeanette F.

    Oh MY God! The Tacos Al Pastor are to die for!! BEST TACOS AL PASTOR in town. Hands down by far. The milkshakes are also very delicious! strawberry!

    (5)
  • MARIA O.

    Whenever I think tacos, I think of Atotonilco. I love their carne asada tacos (with lettuce and tomato) and Al Pastor tacos and Atotonilco tacos (carne asada with sour cream and tomatoes). Their tortas de milanesa are pretty good too with the toasted bun and avocado. They're open at 8am and are open pretty late. As mentioned in other reviews, to order, you just walk up to the grill and let them know what you want. Oooh, do NOT leave here with out asking for a cup of carrots. Salsa is delicious too.

    (5)
  • Señorita Rodrigue Z.

    This place is hands down my best place for tacos near my place (Little Village). You watch your food being made so you know its always fresh. I also love the Horchata (rice water). I usually take my food to go but you can dine in if you like. FYI: CASH ONLY!!!

    (5)
  • Jaime C.

    Atotonilco restaurants.....supposedly one of the better Mexican fast food restaurants in the Chicago area...... I've been here a few times, always after a night of heavy alcohol consumption, mostly because is one of the few places that is open late. I've always thought the food here was good but my last visit ( I was completely sober) disappointed me, I ordered a torta de al pastor and a chocolate milkshake, my server took like 15 min to bring my food, it was cold and greasy, wasn't well cooked and it looked like it had been sitting for a while, not what I remember from my previous visits, I'll be willing to give them another try it since I think it was a bad experience for me. For those of you who walk around with plastic money, it is cash only they do have and ATM inside but the fee is $3 dollars!!!

    (3)
  • Juan D.

    Love it best taco place In chicago no joke this is the best! I been coming here for years. hardly recommended

    (5)
  • Tony H.

    "Me gustaria tres tacos de pastor y una horchata, por favor." That's the only Spanish you need to know to order happily at Atotonilco. I've been coming here since like 1986 or so, and the only thing that's changed about the place is the sink outside the bathrooms, and new bathroom tiles whenever the old ones would get too tagged up. Prices too, but they just hand write and tape those over the original hand painted signs. If it ain't broke, don't repaint it. Kind of dankinside, but that just adds to the rustic feel. Atotonilco doesn't mess around, and they serve only tacos and tortas- a kind of Mexican sandwich served on a sweet lightly grilled bread. They also do menudo on weekends, as most good Mexican places do, and also do a daily skirt steak plate for $10 with beans and a salad. As a kid, my fav here used to be a ham torta, and they'd slap on some mayo and lettuce. One torta was plenty. Nowadays, I stick to the tacos. I usually get two pastor tacos (marinated pork in an amazing spicy red mole sauce), and two carne asada (marinated steak) tacos. Wash it down with an horchata. You will thank me. I compare all other horchatas to theirs here. They also offer all sorts of juices and licuados, with flavors like grape, orange, pineapple, pear, carrot...and they're all fresh squeezed right there. Many Yelpers mention this place is "expensive", but it's super high-qual, and as long as I leave full and happy, $10 for three tacos and an horchata is a steal to me.

    (5)
  • Boopz R.

    All time fave!!!! Been coming to this restaurant all my life.. Tacos and tortas are amazing! Love the liquado de fresa!

    (5)
  • Raul G.

    The Tacos de Al Pastor at this place are by far the best I've ever had. This place really reminds me of the taquerias in Mexico. Not a fancy restaurant and it is cash only. But you will see when you walk in that no one is complaining. Food is just delicious.

    (5)
  • Byanka S.

    My favorite place in the world! But as others have mentioned, it has gotten overpriced. When I go, I always get a torta de carne asada, 2 tacos al pastor, and either a strawberry milkshake or an horchata. I live in St. Louis now, and no other torta compares. 4 stars because of the price.

    (4)
  • Ted C.

    After hearing from Peater J. about this place I called my friend in the area who, had not been here either. To keep it scientific there we also decided to compare with another taco place. Based on Pete's suggestion we had the Al pastor tacos. WAIT I'm missing a lot of details-Little Village is like stepping out of Chicago and into a Mexican town. Atotonilco is like that too. We got a lot of looks because it was filled with nothing but Mexican folks and everything was written in Spanish-literally nothing in English it seemed like a lot of old school Korean restaurants that have disappeared. We bought 8 tacos 3 for each of us and my sister also wanted some. The tacos are simplicity itself-just meat and tortilla but it was so good. Nothing was needed to make it any better. I didn't see my sister until HOURS later but she still thought it was really good even after like, 8 hours after we bought them.

    (5)
  • Eric D.

    AL PASTOR! The tacos here are pretty good. Great atmosphere and I always like when I can see the kitchen. A late night staple in the area. Avocado tacos for the vegetarians are really good. Menudo on the weekends is really good. Been coming here for years. Never a disappointment.

    (4)
  • Kathryn L.

    2012 Summer Taco Tour Exploring Pilsen's taco gold all summer. | This place is the final word in Al Pastor tacos. // The Experience Monday after work, we were driving down to visit my dad's old south side house and decided to stop at this place on the way back. Friendly staff (gave us some tips on pronouncing 'mileanesa' correctly) and very fast service. The decor was practical without any garish flare. Big space, lots of tables. They bring you spicy pickled carrots as soon as you sit down (they had me at the pickled veggies). // The Food, The Tacos * Al pastor -- AMMMMmmmazing. Juicy, seasoned, shaved right off of the spit. Hands down best al pastor taco in Chicago. * Choirzo -- Pales in comparison to the al pastor. Frankly, a little surprised by the blandness considering the delightful flavors of the al pastor. * Barri -- It's goat meat. Pretty good meat overall, so a little miffed why they dolloped all that sour cream on it. * Milanesa Torta -- bread beef sandwich. Not really my thing, but trying to diversify my experience. The torta bread was light and tasty -- not like the heavy chewy stuff at some places. Ok, but I would stick with the tacos. * Chocolate & Banana Licuado -- one of the famous "milk shakes" -- but not as creamy as I expected -- which was good, since the tacos were pretty meaty and filling. Light, well balanced-- the cinnamon added some flava-ful authentic flare. Summary: Great people, AMAZING Al Pastor tacos and licuados. A little out of the way, but worth the trip on a lazy summer day for $2.50 taco.

    (5)
  • Dennis L.

    the al pastor tacos were delicious! Hands down the best horchata i've ever had. the waiter was very and the service was prompt.

    (5)
  • Chuck P.

    As far a taqueria's are concerned this one is very good. I had to laugh a little bit because my friends and I go to Big Star in Wicker Park quite a bit and they all rave about their tacos but I'm not a huge fan. Atotonilco's tacos basically blow Big Star's out of the water and they don't have a so called "chef" on the payroll. I found the best tacos to be the al pastor, barbacoa, and the pollo.

    (4)
  • Osiris V.

    So I've been coming here for the past...what...22 years? Wow! I love it. It is very dingy....but you go there for the food. They probably have the same fridge since they opened and they have their stock of pop out in the open for easy viewing. I swear the same people have been working there since I've been going. They only accept cash so don't try going in there with your debit/credit card. Actually, just recently they put in an ATM for the "forgetful" ones. When I was a kid I'd order a taco and a licuado (milkshake) or jugo de zanahoria (Carrot Juice). Nothing beats fresh juice and they have a whole selection of them. It was a treat going there on a Sunday. Now when I go I scarf down about 2 tacos, a torta and horchata then end up regretting it and unbuttoning my pants in the car so I can breathe. I usually order Tacos de carne asada or Pastor and/or Torta de hamon, milanesa or carne asada. They make their own pastor and my mom only eats pastor here. They make their own, and it's heated on a vertical rotisseri. You can watch the guys cut pieces of mean off for your tacos. My dad for some reason enjoys watching me cringe when he orders tacos de lengua (Tongue). I always tell him he'd do good living in the Amazon where he has to catch his dinner. Ew. They do not serve chips and salsa and they don't give you beans and rice with your meal. Just good old greasy delicious tacos and tortas. They serve Menudo on the weekends as well. I would have given this place 5 stars but I was thinking about it the other day and they really need to remodel. I don't know how long they have been open but more than 25 years is my guess. You'd think that they'd have the money to actually put separate sinks in each bathroom and not a joint one. It's kind of gross watching people come out of the bathroom and know that they just touched the doorknob without washing their hands. So I definitely avoid going to the bathroom. The tables and chairs are falling apart! I mean come on...you're a cash only venue, I'm sure a renovation is affordable. Other than that I would recommend this place to anyone wanting authentic tacos and tortas.

    (4)
  • PJ J.

    I don't know friends, this is a ton of money to spend on some just regular tacos. Al Pastor...best in the world? Well. Maybe they get points for texture, slicing Al Pastor like shawarma does indeed provide a nice soft texture. This was such a different take on Al Pastor that it threw me a bit....They're served upside down, ala TV and ala D.F. but where is that eyes closed, "this is Al Pastor" flavor? Fire roasted paste on the first one was a bit weird...and while I think chunks of pineapple sprinkled on these can be utter blasphemy, these here had NO detectable sweetness. I didn't have issues with the service, and the free parking is a mark of an institution. I just need to leave it like this, bulletpoints: 1. Good ass tortas, jamon (jam, LOL) was truly spectacular...the milanesa though was a little chew-toy like in texture, but good. Toasty bread and great proportions... 2. Despite the fact these guys have their name on packs of tortillas and a long history, the tacos aren't all that. This is not Al Pastor, sorry -wrong number. 3. If you're doing a taco tour, fine - I guess you have to go here to "complete the circle"....But damn, this place is uncomfortably expensive. -In closing, I know I'll catch some flak for my low rating of this place, but hey...if you grew up on this stuff -you're probably in love with it and that's okay. It is perfectly fine to acquire a taste....but would your family have taken you there in the 70's or the 80's if the prices were relative to what they are today? I believe the answer is "hells no". Comales' Al Pastor is better...and thats not saying much. ;-)

    (2)
  • Lulu R.

    Driving down 26th street, you see this place with a parking lot across the street attached to the lavadaria. My boyfriend insisted we try this place because he remembers great food coming out of here. We enter and it was so quiet you can hear a pin drop. Not quiet in the sense of the place being empty, quite the contrary. There were several people in there eating. The food was so delicious that everyone shut up and enjoyed their food. I had the Al Pastor taco, Atotonilco Taco (Carne asada with fresh sliced tomato and sour cream), and the Carne asada torta. Let me do a brief breakdown of my food and description of how much I loved it: Carne Asada Torta- The bread was lightly toasted to give it more of a crunch, GENIUS! Plenty of meat, avocado, lettuce and tomato. No frills. A downright good torta. Atotonilco Taco (Carne asada with a slice of tomato and sour cream)- The meat was simply seasoned with salt and pepper. It was a great quality of meat because it was so melt in your mouth, tender, and juicy. The tomato and sour cream gave the taco this tangy and fresh flavor. I was a bit weary to try this at first but I am glad I tried it because it was amazing. Last but not least...The Al Pastor Taco- Wow. Wow. Really wow. I would like to call myself an Al Pastor aficionado and this one is at the top of my list. It was sweet, spicy, and tender. I think this taco was the best part of my trip. They also have a homemade hot sauce on the table if you need that extra heat and it tastes great without over powering the food. We also ordered an Horchata that came ice cold, without the ice. Nothing short of amazing was this trip. I know its hard to pay more than 2 bucks for a taco, but its about the quality. And quality is what you get here. Well worth the trip.

    (5)
  • Joe C.

    Ok this place is getting on my nerves. They have gotten SO EXPENSIVE that 2 tacos and a horchata ran me 9.03 SCREW THAT, their food is good, but NOT THAT GOOD to justify 9.03 without even being full..... Ill pass from here on in...... Ill go to el arco where its a LOT cheaper

    (1)
  • Sandy R.

    We've been here too many times to count, we've NEVER EVER been disapointed, EVER. so we'll continue to sneak in and stumble out after hours, enroute home from night out on the city. Go ahead and try the pickled sliced crudité, I do, it probably won't kill you.

    (4)
  • Sony A.

    I thought once I moved to the South, I would have amazing Mexican food just steps away from my front door and ultimately become the big girl I'm destined to be. Sadly, I was mistaken. I have given this restaurant more then enough chances both sober n drunk. Every visit with the same result .. The workers are assholes and the meat is always so veiny and FLAVORLESS !! I no longer eat out :(

    (1)
  • Picky C.

    hands down the best tacos around. the place is a bit small so they do get crowded but they have free parking. They only accept ca$h. Chase is at the corner though so that's convenient (along with citi, 5/3rd and second federal). If your low on funds do NOT come here, it is a bit expensive. Take your low fund behind to comales or something. Remember quality is never cheap.

    (4)
  • Aaron N.

    Los tacos son authentico! Atotonilco is legit. I was taken here by my buddy who's from Mexico and said this was the spot to get truly slamming tacos...he was quite right. I ordered the carne asada, pastor, and chorizo tacos and each one was equally amazing. But the deliciousness didn't stop there. We got a torta con carne asada which was flipping slamming as well. The mixture of the lightly toasted bread along with the sauces and perfectly cooked carne was well worth it. Definitely if you are looking for some authentic and mouthwatering tacos, Atotonilco is the spot. I wish I could say boom in Spanish, but Rosetta Stone hasn't covered that one yet. BOOOM!

    (4)
  • Fernando G.

    As far as authentic tacos go, there are only two places that I go to consistently. Atotonilco and Los Comales. Although I tend to lean a little more towards the latter for tacos, Atotonilco's tortas are the best hands down. That's if you can put your hands down after starting to chomp on one. I just wish they would close much later than 2am.

    (5)
  • Aaron L.

    The Al pastor is worth the trip, and yes it is in a nice neighborhood. Very authentic mexican cuisine.

    (5)
  • Nicole L.

    YUM!!!! Okay, so I just get the carne asada tacos but they are delish!!!! And they have those shakes that are water based that are yummy too!!! It's cash only so hit up the ATM before coming here!!! =)

    (5)
  • Brian P.

    I have come here since I was a little child. They literally have the best Al Pastor I can find. Unless someone tells me where to get better Al Pastor then this, this place gets a perfect 5. The place has not changed since I was very little, so its as authentic as it can be.

    (5)
  • Christian L.

    ok, I won't deny the fact that the tacos are one of the best in the chi-town area, obviously doesn't compare with the tacos where I am from, (tacos al pastor con pina). They say that they are D.F. style but I don't think so, they are more like north part of Mexico style, but the reason I giving them a 3 star instead of a 5 start is because the tacos price through the years have gotten to the sky, almost 3 dollars for a taco, that's just ridicules, I won't deny that I still eat there from time to time but not like before I used go there 3 or 4 times a week, now I go there once a month.

    (3)
  • Peater J.

    Great Tacos Al Pastor! So far, this is the best taqueria I've found in Chicago. It's a little out of the way, the other reviewers here are right. The Al Pastor is amazing! I've had most of the tacos on their menu. My other favs include the Birria (Stewed Goat) and the Carne Asada tacos. Both are fantastic. My only gripe would be that I wish more taco joints would put more time into making their salsas. But overall, this is a great taco joint.

    (5)
  • Evelyn P.

    $2.50 for a taco...small not enough meat not at all flavorful. Their tortillas are the ones from the plastic bags not the paper which does make a difference. I have been to their location on 56th and Kedzie and didn't like it but I decided to give this place a shot I'm sorry I did.

    (2)
  • Milan P.

    Really this place is 4 or 5 stars. I just can't give it that rating bc of pricing (2.50 al pastor tacos). The al pastor tacos are the bomb though. They have one of those vertical spits and the slice off the pork fresh to order. The carrots are awesome too! Don't forget the carrots. In any event this place and Indio have the best pork tacos in the city (one man's opinion). They are both totally different, but both are like crack.

    (3)
  • Scott K.

    In hopes of finding a Mexican eatery that I can boast to my wife is as enjoyable as Tia Marias in Geneva I tried Atotonilco in Little Village's 26th street a haven for Mexican eateries. I especially was eager to try the El Pastor tacos. I can't say I'm boasting to my wife but the tacos were tasty, little bummed they didn't have cheese but since I've only been to Mexico twice and don't see any trace of Mexican heritage on the family tree I'll put the negative on me. There was a bit of a language barrier but again I flunked high school Spanish not knowing someday I'd have a love for Mexican cuisine. A big plus for being on 26th street is a private lot across the street that alone makes it a reason to eat at Atotonilco. The ambiance is very basic no thrills but that is a plus in my book cause I don't have to worry about staining a tablecloth Price I thought was average. Several families were there which gave me the indication it is a popular place among the many Mexican places in Little Village Despite the cheese and language barrier I'll give Atotonilco another visit or two

    (3)
  • Ali M.

    Very good tacos and tortas...the kids love the shakes that they have. Nothing to fancy but the food is what you are there for.

    (4)
  • Junior D.

    Lets keep this short and simple... the best steak tacos and the best al pastor...hands down in Chicago... the tortas are delicious and are made estilo D.F which is just sour cream, lettuce, tomato and avocado... and they are the bomb!! Also the best licuados in town.. try Banana, Chocomilk or Strawberry or combine them.. Cash only, fast service

    (5)
  • Rene G.

    Returned to Atotonilco after so many years of not eating here. Everyone is always talking about mmmm the tacos are so good....Atotonilco this and that....no thanks. I was not impressed with the tacos at all sorry to say that. Meat needed a bit more seasoning. Even with the lime juice it did not help. I will still with my Zaca Tacos or Pacos Tacos.

    (3)
  • Angie K.

    This was my second night in a row visiting Atotonilco. The first night I ordered one carne asada taco and one lengua taco. It was good! A friend ordered one of their milkshakes which looked delicious!!! Night two I had to try their milkshake so I ordered the melon milkshake ~ it was one of the best milkshakes I've had ~ refreshing with melon bits and crushed ice, not too sweet but sweet enough. My friend ordered the al pastor taco. He said it was amazing and so did my other friends. So tomorrow night, I will have to go back again to see why everyone is raving about the al pastor. To be continue...

    (4)
  • Terri M.

    I have not written a review in over a year, but this place has inspired me to get back into yelping--that's how good it is! First of all, it is the perfect little taqueria/torta place. It's a modest-sized restaurant, but somehow friendly, welcoming, and spacious. The menu is posted on the wall in the form of 6 foot signs all around the room, and you can see the food being made because they are behind the counter at the front of the restaurant. The choices are pretty simple: tacos or tortas, but with about seven or eight filling options, including a couple of vegetarian options. So my reviews are veg friendly (pescetarian, really) and tend to favor southside neighborhoods. This is therefore the perfect place with which to restart my yelping. THIS PLACE HAD THE MOST AMAZING AVOCADO TACOS! Yes, avocado tacos. Yum. Here's why: You have the option of having them with beans, which I did. There were also several slices of perfectly ripe avocados that I could actually taste. You also have the option of lettuce and tomato, but who wants that on a taco. I had cilantro and onion and sour cream. Add some of their tasty salsa and you have yourself a wonderful flavor explosion in your mouth with the perfect contrast between the fresh corn tortillas and the velvety filling of beans, avocados and sour cream. Oh. My. God. The neighborhood where this place is located is also one of the most interesting, if less commonly explored in the city. A saw a few reviewers refer to the restaurant's location as "middle of nowhere," but that is so wrong and culturally insensitive, I don't even know where to start. Little Village is one of the most vibrant neighborhoods of the Latino community in Chicago. The people are friendly, the food is amazing. I can't wait to go back and eat my way through the area.

    (4)
  • Magaly G.

    I have been coming here since I was a little girl! I think the tacos de pollo are my favorite and one of the best lilttle places to get pollo or carne asada in little village for sure! Make sure to get a licuado de platano milkshake to go along with your torta or tacos. The green sauce is also amazing I recommend this place if you are a taco fan

    (4)
  • Antonio U.

    Everyone has their favorite taco place but regardless of your favorite you must try this place at least once in your life. It is as no frills as it gets but what you get cannot be matched anywhere else. They have THE BEST al pastor on the planet, milanesa, lengua and even their specialty carne asada tacos by the name of the restaurant.,Atotonilco which consist of steak, sour cream and tomatoes. The bathrooms are not very nice, the decor is outdated and the neighborhood is nothing to write home about, but the service is spectacular and the food amazing. The two things that matter most in a fast serve taco place.

    (5)
  • Liz W.

    My friend was raving about these tacos how they're the best and blah blah blah. First of all this place is not in a very good neighborhood. They are cash ONLY. They cook the meat right in front of you instead of cooking it ahead of time and having it sit there and dry out. To me the tacos were just OK. The meat was very chewy. My friend told me that they are open pretty late on the weekends for all you drunkies out there. I probably wouldn't venture to Atotonilco's for some tacos again.

    (3)
  • Peter L.

    Kind of a dark place, lots of wood paneling, tagged-up bathroom -- but great food. They have tacos and tortas, and that's it. Both on the greasy side, the meats are excellent and the carrots and peppers are bomb. A little pricey at over $2 per taco and $4 per torta, but the sizes are decent. I like the Los Comales tortas better (something about the bread), but the tacos here are much bigger. Service is great and the food comes out FAST. And they have parking too. Just don't go looking for the taqueria inside the laundromat...

    (3)
  • Marcia T.

    I don't know know why this place has so many good reviews...their tacos are greasy...not to mention the meat is tough...and cut in big pieces...chairs are wobbly and tables uneven...I came here one late sat night...and to me it seems that customers had had a few drinks and couldn't distinguished a good taco from a bad one lol...sounds bad but that's how it seemed...so nope won't come again...

    (1)
  • Danny M.

    Ok let me start off by saying this was my go to place when I was younger.My parents took me to this place all the time when I was a kid..yes this place was good back then but not anymore..the carne asda is bad its very chewy and cut poorly. The tacos are too greasy and their tortas aren't special. They haven't changed the place at all, the place is all beat up tables,chairs , walls and floor need to be upgraded..over and out...

    (2)
  • Christopher L.

    My first official 5 star rating! Al Pastor is famzing! I love this place period... well exclamation point! twice !!

    (5)
  • Annette A.

    As a kid my parents would pick up dinner here, especially in the summer time, because my mom hated cooking in a house that became like an inferno whenever she cooked. It was a nice treat for us, I love the tacos and my favorite is the Atotonilco which has a nice dab of sour cream. Tortas are great as well, my college friends got a chance to try them out and loved them as well. They are open late on the weekends, hence why I was able to convince college friends to go here. Their milkshakes are good too, and their Horchata.

    (5)
  • Syndi C.

    Best steak tacos...........EVER!!!!!!!!!! With that out of the way while not the most eye appealing decor you but you go for the food. You cant go wrong small menu but everything is always made perfect its hard for me to believe anybody would diss this place. It is what it is and they stay true to the food which is what matters most.

    (5)
  • Luis C.

    Good authentic tacos....you can have them with onion and cilantro ( thats mexican style) or you can ask for them with lettuce and tomato ( american style) theres nothing wrong with either...the meat is excellent and the service is fast paced....if youre ordering take out.. make sure you speak up because the man at the stove will rarely turn around to acknowledge you....just speak your order out loud and he will hear you...as for the restaurant itself...well, i don't like to eat there....its no nonsense and no frills....its ok but just for a quick bite...its more of a take out joint with good affordable mexican food

    (4)
  • Flor O.

    Love the lengua tacos at atotonilco!!! the tongue meat is steamy soft and delicious! now a days is hard to find a restaurant that cooks lengua meat perfect!. Atotonilco is definately my top restaurant to go to when im craving some tacos de lengua!

    (5)
  • Angela P.

    I have been here one, maybe two times with my friend, who used to always go there with her family. She said they have good, GREASY tacos and she was right. That is pretty much all they have on the menu and they do them well. I remember eating their carne asada, but I can't remember what else I had, I just remember them being greasy and pretty tasty! If I was in the area I would go back, but I don't think I would make the trip from Elgin when I have Los Comales ( yelp.com/biz/los-comales… ) right here which has some of the best tacos around! But, def, if I was near 26th, I would stop in and clog an artery or two! =]

    (3)
  • Lv S.

    If you like some good shakes and tacos this is the spot! Good fast service and great food. After I shop the little stores down 26th St on Sat. mornings.

    (4)
  • A G.

    Folks I have been to Northern and Southern Mexico and I gotta tell you all this place is authentic to a freaking T. This place has been a staple of 26th street for so many years and for good reason: It refuses to change!! In this case that is a positive: The menus have not been changed in 20 plus years since I have eaten there and believe me while the prices have certainly changed (tape covers the original prices on the wall menu how I miss paying a 1.20 for a taco$) Either way the Tortas remain delicious although I have to admit that the Tacos considering the price are a little expensive at about 2.50 a pop but the Tortas are indeed surreal and soooo tasty. Wait!!!! I cannot stop talking about the Tortas!!!!!!! Folks get the Torta de Millanesa which is essentially breaded steak and man is it good!!! in a close second is a cliched but still excellent Torta de Carne Asada and the always surprising Torta de Lengua which is beef tongue baby No chips and salsa and no refills this place always makes me relive my childhood and is authentic Mexican goodness. ps. visit this place at about 1.am during the weekeds because not only will you encounter Chicago's finest but also the occasional club goers who have had one to many, and the occasional clown with a red nose so big that it falls off and everyone gets candy!!! all this makes you realize that this place is one of a kind despite the multiple locations which surprisingly are pretty damn good but nothing beats the original so head on over there. the filtering system on yelp is biased man

    (5)
  • Angelica S.

    They are ok and they have gotten really expensive the tacos used to be $1 and now they are like $3 if I am not mistaken. They sometimes cut there meat in really big chunks. Its open 24hrs on the weekends it's a good place to stop by after a late night out

    (3)
  • Jake F.

    You probably have to go to Mexico City to get better al pastor....it is simply awesome here!.....Probably the best tacos in all of Chicago. The Lengua is also outstanding. Finish off with a Strawberry Liquado and you have yourself quite a nice meal.

    (5)
  • Toby M.

    By far, the BEST horchatas ever! A must :-)

    (5)
  • Valerie Emma C.

    This is our first AND last stop when my husband and I visit my family in Chicago. This place is AWESOME... the al pastor tacos are to die for!! We live in DC and I wish there was an Atotonilco's here!! We had these folks cater our rehearsal dinner... it was great!! They had a taquero come out and they had ALL the fixings... best wedding gift EVER!! Needless to say, we are hooked, and are already looking forward to our next trip to the 'Chi.

    (5)
  • Tania M.

    Been coming here since I was a kid. I've traveled so much and have NEVER tasted any other taco as good as their al pastor tacos from here! Everything from their semi-toasty/crunchy tortillas, to their sauce on the table, to their licuados and tortas. But in all honesty folks, BY FAR THE BEST AL PASTOR TACOS YOU WILL EVER ENCOUNTER IN YOUR LIFE.

    (5)
  • Javier B.

    Discovered this place through a co-worker. Very simple menu. Tacos and tortas. That's all you need! The al pastor is awesome. That's what I always get. You have to love the hot carrots and jalapenos that they give you to snack on. Definitely healthier than a basket of chips. This is a taqueria, so don't expect lots of ambiance, but for really good al pastor tacos or tortas, this place delivers!

    (4)
  • Lupe B.

    I've lived in little village my whole life and I know this is the BEST TACO fix you will ever get. Sure it's a little dirty looking, needs a ton of remodeling but are you gonna eat or enjoy the decor? The al pastor is to die for the tortas are filled with meat (unlike other places they arent cheap) the horchatas are perfect and they're open til 2. Serioulsly go here for real tacos! Plus they have parking across the street shared with the laundry mat.

    (5)
  • Maria C.

    They marinate the tortillas in grease, heart attack waiting to happen but they're so good that way...They are not small like Comales that is why I like them. The meat is actually cooked right and doesn't taste like it's been sitting there. The waiters are really nice as well. The place is not that nice looking but you're here to eat, right!

    (5)
  • Michelle R.

    This place is Taco and Torta heaven for me! I've grown up my whole life in Little Village, Left for a couple months and came back. What I missed the most was this place! You have to try the tacos al pastor, and an agua de horchata. Yes Greasy but sweeeeeeeeet! You would think a person eating at this place all my life would be sick but I seem to be pretty satisfied every time I show.

    (4)
  • Ora R.

    Tacos al pastor have to be my absolute favorite!!! I used to live in the neighborhood and this past weekend while visiting my parents I had the enjoyment of having some tacos. They are a bit pricey about $2.50 per taco but they do not skimp out on the meat portion. They go great with salsa for an extra kick. So many memories this place brings. This was always the place to go after a nice long concert. The menu is on the wall for those who don't know. The place is old, beat up but the food is good. By far best tacos I've had anywhere else. The only negative is that they only accept cash.

    (4)
  • Kim V.

    We were told about Atotonilco by a local at last week's Open House Chicago/ Little Village event - what a great recommendation. He mentioned that he orders a vat-sized strawberry liquado and the Atotonilco tacos, which is exactly what I ordered. My husband had lengua and chorizo tacos with fresh oj. Both our lunches were delicious and it was fun being in a new neighborhood-wish we lived closer!

    (4)
  • Jackie M.

    I grew up on 26 th st and I have to say these tacos are very good , but very pricey the tacos are over $2.00 dollars each and they are very stingy with the meat . I have not been there like in 3 years ever since I found a new taco joint that is on 63rd and Kostner its called Taqueria El Pastor.

    (3)
  • Rico T.

    This restaurant is the Mexican equivalent of McDonald's. Greasy and really good. My favorite is the torta milanesa. In the later hours, it's a great time for people watching.

    (4)
  • Kim M.

    I only get the Tacos Al Pastor here. Wow - they cook the meat on a spit - like gyro meat! Most taco places give you tiny minced meat for the al pastor - but this place gives you premium meat. Their sauce is super spicy, but still really good (and I normally can't handle spicy). Also they make their own tortillas and they are delicious! Sure, they're a little pricey for tacos, but well worth it! My husband and I make excuses to go down to the South Side just so we can go get these tacos!

    (5)
  • Celina H.

    I grew up near 26th Street and this was one of my favorite places to eat growing up. The tortas the carne asada with a banana liquado hits the spot. Maybe even a taco de picadillo. I prefer to pick-up my order and have at home, i wish this place could deliver. I haven't been there in a while but i look forward to it when i visit Chicago.

    (4)
  • jay d.

    ive been going here even before it was at its current location, it was across the street a loooong time ago, anyways. i go here for Tortas, there ok, i avoided this place for a long time, because they would not chop up there steak but they have changed that since, they chop it now. i try to avoid going there still if theres another taco joint open, i always thought it was wierd that you tell the cook what you want then take it to the counter to pay, and for some reason the cooks always have a smerk on there faces, not sure what thats all about. if they would fix the cooks smerk id give them another star, but till then im cool with giving them three, this place is a good place to break sombody into 26th st tacos, but not if you want a real hardy dinner.

    (3)
  • tony r.

    ah, here we are. this "restaurant" has only one reason to exist, and that is the Al Pastor tacos. really, with a bit of imagination YOU can make most of the stuff on their menu. and make it better. but the al pastor, ( marinaded pork ) tacos are head and shoulder the best in this state. i will stand behind that statement. unfortunately, i can't say the same about the rest of the menu. only for the hardcore pork enthusiast

    (2)

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Opening Hours

  • Mon :8:00 am - 2:00pm

Specialities

  • Takes Reservations : No
    Delivery : No
    Take-out : Yes
    Accepts Credit Cards : No
    Good For : Lunch
    Parking : Street, Private Lot
    Bike Parking : No
    Wheelchair Accessible : Yes
    Good for Kids : Yes
    Good for Groups : Yes
    Attire : Casual
    Ambience : Casual
    Noise Level : Average
    Alcohol : No
    Outdoor Seating : No
    Wi-Fi : No
    Has TV : No
    Waiter Service : Yes
    Caters : No

Categories

Mexican Cuisine

If you enjoy Taco Tuesday, then you have officially fallen in love with the Mexican Food. The main grain of Mexican cuisine is maize. Also known as corn, maize is grown for the past 9000 years after the crop was discovered by the people in Mayan civilization. Mexican empire flourished when they started growing beans, tomatoes, chili pepper, sweet potato and cactus. Till this date these ingredients are used in cooking authentic Mexican dishes and drinks.

Great use of spices, fresh chili pepper dishes like fajitas, tortilla chips, corn chips, salsa, chimichangas, burritos, nachos and quesadillas are invented in America. But when you are looking for authentic Mexican food then you must find a restaurant in the city that serves Rajas con Queso, Garbanzo in a Guajillo Chile Sauce, Pork Filled Chiles Rellenos, Chiles en Nogada, Molcajete Salsa, Pico de Gallo and Frijoles de la Olla. An eye-opening fact – Mexican don't like their food hot. They use fresh chili and other spices to create a flavor that lingers in your mouth.

Mexican food is great for those who are Gluten Intolerant as they use Corn instead of wheat in most of their dishes. Also, you can easily find many beans based Mexican dishes. Another dish which didn't get similar glory as tacos or nachos is the Mexican hot chocolate. If you love something hot on a chilly day, then go for Mexican Hot Chocolate. On merry days, you can enjoy the authentic Mexican Drinks like Tequila, Mezcal, Tecuí, Sotol, Bacanora, Charanda, Posh O Pox, Puebla and Pulque. Mexican Cuisine is for people who enjoy strong drinks and hearty meals.

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