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Business Details

43

years

in Business

BBB Rating:
A+
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Hours:

Regular Hours

Extra Phones:

Phone: (773) 384-5347

Fax Number: (773) 384-5347

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Payment method:
all major credit cards
Neighborhoods:
East Ukrainian Village, Northwest Side
Categories:
Mexican Restaurants, Caterers, Bar & Grills, Latin American Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information:

Parking: Street, Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Family Style, Mexican, Latin American

Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

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AMuniz

03/07/2010

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
I Absolutely Love this Restaurant

I have been coming to this restaurant since I was at least 7 years old. Our family would eat here after church every other Sunday and frequently throughout the year whenever we get a craving for some. This restaurant has not changed anything about their food since then. Their chicken or Steak Tostadas are the most unique of all Chicago. I can't find another place like it. The ceiling is painted of beautiful bright clouds on one side of the dining area and painted as midnight on the other. The jukebox is wonderful. And I love their fresh horchatas, salsa, and the burritos are as big as 6 to 7 inches. I'm actually traveling from North Carolina to Chicago just to get a taste of some and to enjoy with family.

Simpleman008

09/23/2009

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Overall
Premium Priced, Econo Size!

It seems that in these tough economic time, even the succesful businesses are cutting down. $8 for a burrito the size of a flauta is just not a good deal for your buck. I would recommend La Pasadita, which is only a few minutes away. For the same amount of money, you will get twice the amount of food. I've been a long time customer of Tecalitlan but seems that lately the size of their tacos and burritos has shrunk drastically. You gotta spend more in order to be satisfied. You call in to make a complaint with the manager, good luck getting in touch with him/her! They take down your number and promise to call you back, it's been 5 hours since I called in and I'm yet to receive a call from the manager... Go somewhere else if you don't want to be frustrated. For them to get an award for best of Citysearch, it's an absolute joke.

chicagomunoz

02/08/2009

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Overall
good service, atmosphere and the BEST al pastor

My husband and I live in Pilsen and eat a lot of Mexican food. We love tacos. We wanted to take his mom and our 18 month old to a restaurant for dinner and picked Tecalitlan. We loved the bustling room on a Sunday night. Big family dinners going on all around us was nice. Our server promptly got a high chair for our son and called him ""champion"" which made me happy :). The guac was delish, the salsa was fresh and spicy. Between us we had carne asada, al pastor, tilapia tacos. I didn't like the tilapia taco but the al pastor was so flavorful. The server told us that they cook the pork like gyro meat on a big rotisserie and carve it off (instead of cooking it on the grill) which imparted a unique flavor. My MIL had a sampler platter with cheese enchilladas, picadillo tostada and everything was perfect. They have desserts, a bar, a juke box and the atmosphere is a cut above most other mexican places in this price range. We will make the trip out of our neighborhood to visit this restaurant again.

tommyhearts

11/27/2008

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Everyone Left Sick

The food here is horrible. The rice was bland, the guacamole was of hersey squirt consistency, the pico de gallo was nasty, the steak was overcooked, and the service was horrible. I will never go here again. Everyone at our table got sick; one of us threw it up right after eating. We left almost all the food on the plates. Horrible, there's way better Mexican.

peanuttyxxx

10/19/2008

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Overall
Better food at Cemitas

I've eaten here a ton, and it's good. But a better bet is Cemitas Puebla in Humboldt Park
""I blog for Diners Drive ins and Dives, and figured I'd check out Cemita Puebla myself. It was the best Mexican food I've ever had. Even better than the food I ate in real Mexico. Here's my review of it for delish dot com
On this week's ""Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,"" Guy Fieri visited Cemitas Puebla, a Mexican joint about a mile from my house. I'd never heard of it, but I'm always up for good Mexican food, so I decided to see for myself if it was as great as Guy claimed it was.

So Friday night, around 5pm, I called over just to make sure they serve margaritas (they don't serve liquor). But it didn't matter anyway. The owner informed me they had so many customers, they were running out of food. And after reading reviews of Cemitas Puebla on yelp (not one of which was negative by the way), I found out this happens quite often. They're just that popular.

So I stopped by this morning right when they opened, at 11am. I assumed I'd have the place to myself, but was I ever wrong...there was only one free table.

And once I took a bite into their famed cemita sandwich, I understood why. The cemita is a sandwich served only in the Mexican city of Puebla (and obviously, the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago). The toasted homemade sesame bun is layered with avocadoWall at Cemitas spread, chipolte peppers, Mexican cheese and a bitter herb called popolo (the owners of this family run gem grow it in their backyard every summer).

It being only 11am, I wasn't ready for meat, so I ordered the cheese cemita. But most customers order a cemita with meat, anything from carne asada to spicy pork to breaded pork.

But my favorite part of Cemitas Puebla? Their decor. One wall is plastered with photos of Latino heavyweights along with a picture of the owners and Guy.

10/16/2008

Overall
This place is the Best!

It has now been two years since my love affair with Tecalitlan began. I moved to Chicago from San Francisco and was new to the area and so one day I went to explore my new hood. I walked by this building and saw a lot of people going and coming. I looked up to see that it was a Mexican food resturant, only my favorite type of food in the world! I walked in not knowing what to expect and was pleasently surprised by the decor and the homey feel to it. I was greated and seated in the front room with the spectacular ceiling that I want in my apartment!! I ordered the veggie burrito with cauliflower and broccoli and was hooked. The chips and salsa are amaizing and once you start munching away there is no stopping until you reach the bottom of the basket. I come from California and I have never had better mexican food than Tecalitlan. Sorry Tia Margarita's Mexican Restaurant you are still my favorite when I'm in town, but my new favorite all around and the new standard which I hold all other Mexican restaurants is Tecalitlan. I love it here! I have never been dissapointed and hope I will never be. There was only once time where I ate fast and got out as quick as I could. I sat at the bar to have a lunch special with a margarita on a wednesday. The whole time I was there, this really anoying customer could not keep his mouth shut. He was butting into everyone's conversations and almost screaming from one side of the bar to the other to get the end people to notice him. You could tell he was getting on everyone's nerves, even the bar tender. I guess he is a regular there because I have seen him a few times at the bar when I go, but had no idea how unpleasent he was. Never again will I sit at the bar if he is there! Oh well, it's not the resturants fault, there are always anoying peole everywhere! Go to Tecalitlan and enjoy the food, drinks and the atmosphere, its worth the money you spend!

lpg1170

06/03/2008

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Excellent Food

I write this strictly about the food. It was excellent. I love mexican food and I must say this is the best I have had. I would totally recommend this restaurant. I can't wait to bring more friends to it, i plan to go back very soon.

The parking leaves a bit to be desired but the service was efficient. I was on a lunch hour so I plan to check out the bar (quality and prices) next time I go.

medraj

02/16/2008

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Great food, but a little negligent

The food was excellent with a good amount of flavors and texture. I'm from LA, so I know decent Mexican food and this one is up to par. Good amount of vegetarian choices. I gave 4/5 instead of 5/5 stars because the service was peculiar. The server did the bare minimum and was not attentive. He acted like we were taking up his time or something. He did not listen and messed up on several things. In particular, he threw away my food when I clearly said to give me a to-go box. He basically threw out half of an $11 entree plate! Then we ask him about the one (and only) dessert on the menu. He looked at us as if we're crazy for asking and told us we wanted something else. It was ashame because I liked the food. I still recommend this place and I'll continue to go, but maybe take out next time!

pyt333

10/25/2007

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Amazing!

I moved for southern california-land of awesome, cheap mexican food. I love mexican and was a bit discouraged because I couldn't find anything decent here. Then I happened upon Tecalitlan and fell in love. I sat down and was given chips and salsa-the litmus test for mexican restaurants. The salsa was spicy but not overly hot and had an amazing flavor. It was fresh and addicting. Then came the burrito. Oh, my sweet lord! I could taste every ingredient-not just rice like most places. I can't even explain how incredible this burrito was. It was HUGE, and so good I stuffed myself, but still didn't finish it. My bill was about $8.00. Crazy cheap! A few hours later I ate the rest of the burrito-cold. Still tasted fresh. I could still taste every flavor. Even after being in the fridge for over 3 hours it wasn't soggy.
Go!! Just go and experience it for yourself. It is indescribibly good. Apparently some guy drives down from Wisconson every week to buy a vat of the salsa. If I lived there I would make the trip too. This place is so good it's worth the drive.

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