Hey folks, sorry I’ve been MIA for a bit, been occupied with things offline. Let’s dig in.
At one point in my life, I worked in Uptown and at one particular time, had mad cravings for Mexican food. I ate at Fiesta Mexicana and thought it was all fluff. On another day, I wandered into Carmela’s Tacqueria and it was awesome.
Located on Lawrence, just west of Broadway street sits this wonderful place.
Inside, it is small and cozy with petite tables and chairs.
According to yelp, Carmela’s Taqueria used to be named Uptown Taqueria. There’s another Uptown Taqueria location at Sheridan and Bryn Mawr. In its past, the interior was more grungy and it was definitely more hole-in-the-wall-ish. Now, it is clean and named Carmela’s Taqueria.
Here’s the entire menu. It’s quite affordable and you could have a full meal for under $10. Midtown Lunch would be proud.
They have a huge chunk of al pastor rotating in a spit. If you order al pastor, they cut it off the roast and cook it on the flat griddle. Apparently, they’re known for their al pastor (roast pork).
On this particular visit, I wanted a sandwich so I ordered the al pastor torta to go. They griddled the bread and while it was warming up, al pastor was sliced off the spit and cooked. After asking what fillings I wanted, they filled the torta up and wrap it for me to take back to work.
Along with the al pastor was avocado, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and I think some mayo. A simple, yet delicious torta (sandwich). I may have missed other fillings as I was eating too quickly to stop for a break.
On another visit, I saw a sign saying they had a $5 special. In it, you get 2 tacos, rice and beans. Of course I ordered this as I was really hungry that day and asked for al pastor tacos in my combo. Make sure you receive sauce and lime wedges as they’ll sometimes forget limes in your order. The tacos received chopped tomatoes, onions, cilantro and shredded lettuce as their toppings. The al pastor was delicious, especially with a squeeze of lime on top and some sauce on the side. The rice and beans were okay too.
I really hope to drop by Carmela’s sometime soon since I haven’t had a good taco in a long time. Perhaps you’ll eat a taco in my name, yes? 🙂
1206 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60640