Monday, November 18, 2013

Taco Burrito King

Location: 811 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60661
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A Quick Word:
After a long night of drinking, my friends and I have some interesting cravings.  Rather than traveling to Pilsen for Mexican food, we head to Taco Burrito King in, of all places, Greektown.  Once you enter the restaurant, you can tell it is a late night hot spot.  Long line to order and sometimes even a longer line just to get your food or grab a seat.  This Mexican joint has all of the classics with a less authentic spin on all of it.  From burritos the size of your head to a carne asada dinner, I am sure you will find something satisfy your cravings.  However, be aware that quantity at this restaurant definitely outshines quality.  In fact, quality is next to nothing.  Personally, I wouldn't eat here during the day... there is much better Mexican food in Pilsen.  The flavors of their food just doesn't taste fresh and for that reason, along with the overall cleanliness of the restaurant, I decided a 2-mile rating was fair.

What I Ate:

Super King Burrito - Al Pastor

I was starving... there was only one item on the menu that I knew would satisfy my hunger.  The Super King Burrito is enormous.  The burrito is over a foot long and stuffed with your choice of meat (al pastor in my case), refried beans, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, cheese, and hot sauce.  Upon first glance, you may be shocked with a place selling a huge burrito for $7.25.  The shell itself I believe is 15 inches in diameter which seems outrageous.  Unfortunately, after your first bite, you can understand a little more why the burrito is so cheap.  The quality is extremely low and all the ingredients do not seem fresh.  The meat has been sitting in warming buckets and is placed next to all the other meats on the grill, making the al pastor taste like overcooked steak.  The beans had a strange tin can taste to it.  I definitely suggest smothering the burrito in their salsas.  It masks that unwanted flavor.  It is hard to get too critical on cheap, drunk food, but I can easily say, I probably wouldn't choose to come here for a random lunch or dinner.

The DOs/DON'Ts:
- Be careful when you are here.  One time, my friend and I were waiting in line when some crazy drunk person threw his plate across the dining hall before storming out of the restaurant.
- A great vegetarian option is their Veggie Nachos... just remember, they use that artificial nacho cheese found in stadiums.

- I don't suggest coming here unless you had at least a couple of beers.

How far would I walk for this food?

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