Carmela's Taqueria Chicago

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Carmela’s Taqueria – Authentic al pastor tacos

My friend Carlos was visiting from Mexico and I took him to Carmela’s and he said the al pastor tacos were really good and authentic. Another friend – an American who lived in Mexico for two years – said the al pastor tacos were really good and authentic – he had 8 of them. I could be wrong, but to my knowledge, this is the only place in Chicago that has al pastor on the trompo.

Carmela’s is a hole in the wall located right around the corner from the Green Mill, and within a block from The Riviera and The Aragon Ballroom, in the Uptown neighborhood. It’s small – it has about five tables and some counter seats. The al pastor – marinated pork with onions and pineapple – is cooked on a spit, similar to Greek gyros. The pineapple sits on top and as the pork rotates, it gets crispy and the juices run down the sides of the meat. It’s a beautiful thing and it tastes even better. Best al pastor tacos in Chicago.

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Details about this spot



1206 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago

Telephone number


Opening Times

10:00 - 22:00 daily


Al pastor taco: USD 2.25


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)