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Owned and operated by the Garcia family since 1973. Serving authentic Mexican cuisine and mouth watering 3G Margaritas! Tecalitlan has a very vast selection of Mexican dishes, and serves some of the best Fajitas and Burritos in the entire Chicago area!
Hours

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Phone: (773) 384-5347

Fax Number: (773) 384-5347

Fax: (773) 384-5347

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

Parking: Street, Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Caterers, Family Style, Mexican, Latin American, Bar & Grills

Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

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AMuniz

03/07/2010

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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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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

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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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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.

kitykat

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

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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

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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

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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.

irisfitz

06/26/2007

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Overall
An Excellent Traditional Mexican Dish and Atmosphere

This place is excellent in making it's best and has authentic dishes at a reasonable price. I've been dining for over 20 years, my family growing up always picked this place for Mexican dishes. I just recently visited myself although it's out of my way and had tacos al pastor. Great chips and salsa too.

jstone55

04/06/2007

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Overall
BEST MEXICAN FOOD EVER!

HOLY FRIJOLES, MAN DO I LOVE THIS PLACE!! TECALITLAN IS THE PLACE TO BE WHEN IT COMES TO MEXICAN. GREAT PLACE FOR MARGARITAS AND CHICKEN TAMALES!! THE CHORIZO TACOS ARE KILLER TOO!! MAKES A GREAT STOP BEFORE OR AFTER A BULLS GAME OR A NIGHT OUT IN THE CITY!

kg17

02/01/2007

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Overall
Best Margaritas and Enchiladas in Chi-Town!!

I Love, love, love Tecalitlan or Teca as my friends and I like to call it! It is so yummy and it will not break the budget! We go there all the time after work or after a night out on the town since they stay open late on the weekends. It was featured in the August issue of LATINA Magazine for having GOOD & INEXPENSIVE Food!! They are Totally Righ!! They failed to mention the Killer Margaritas made with Tequila 3 Garcias, though!! One Frozen margarita and you'll be hooked!! They are so good and go great with the Hot Pico de Gallo and warm Chips. I love going there for their specials on the Margaritas during the week and for great Tacos de Carne Asada or Carne Asada Enchiladas. Mmmmm they are tasty and you can actually smell the great Carne Asada being grilled inside, from the parking lot as you get out of your car. I can honestly recomend this place to anyone who wants REAL, AUTHENTIC Mexican Food (their Mole sauce tastes just like my grandmas in Mexico, I LOVE IT!!). The mural on the ceiling is so pretty. It goes from night to morning or from morning to night, depening which way you look at it! It is really cool, though! It is a low key, easy going place that is perfect for catching up with friends or going on a first date since it does not give off a totally romantic vibe. Their menus say they have been around for over 30 years and that it has been run by the same ""familia"" since it opened, so that must mean they are doing something right!! Kuddos and Keep up the Good Work!! See you all soon again my Teca friends!
P.S.They also have th best bartenders Danny and Jose! They already know what I like and don't even wait for me to ask! Now I'm hungry and thristy. I think I will head out to get some good food and drinks at Tecalitlan! Hahaha!!

mrjustice

01/06/2007

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Overall
Best Burritos and Tostadas in Chicago

Tecalitlan has always been one of our favorite Mexican restaurants. Mainly come for the basic cheap Mexican food -- e.g. Giant Burritos (especially the Avocodo Burrito - they use like a whole avacodo); and the Steak Tostadas. Any of the steak dishes are wonderful. Also, try the Cebolleta's (large green onions, which they put on the grill). Goes great with the Steak Tostodas.

carnivore63

07/16/2005

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Many Years Ago ( This was a good place )

During the early 1980's this was the best kept secret on Chicago Ave.. Then the burrito's were huge now you actually have to buy 2 to equal the massive ones they used to make .. Also the food seems more fast paced and greasy .. I guess after 20+years whos going to notice (well I did )..

kookie_kelly

05/10/2005

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The absolutely, positively best Burrito!!

Try a steak burrito and you'll never order anything else! All you can eat tortilla chips and a just right salsa! Have been coming here weekly for years...quit trying to find a better burrito a long time ago...Good service to boot!

dkfs

03/23/2005

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Overall
Great value!

This food is fantasic. And the drinks are even better. The prices can't be beat. The burritos are huge and the flaming cheese is the best I have had. make sure to check out the mural on the ceiling- only adds to the grat atmosphere. This place is perfect for large groups and I have never had a problem getting a seat.

davev2

05/23/2004

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Overall
Authentic

If you really want truly authentic Mexican food, this is the place. This place started out as a take out stand, and has stayed true to providing ""real"" Mexican food at a value that can't be beat.
The drinks are also the best you'll get anywhere else. There are many imitator's of Mexican food in Chicago, and this one is at the top of my list.
I'm Mexican, so believe me!

jpinedajr

02/25/2003

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Overall
Best Suited for a Conservative Outing

It is a well organized, properly staffed restaurant that will give you your money's worth, guaranteed. If you don't feel like overpaying in a Loop location, and want to try real old fashioned Mexican food, give it a try.

Mextex21

02/14/2003

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Overall
Finally Real Mexican Food

I do not even know where to begin, the service is great the waiters are always good. The food is real mexican food. I visit this restaurant every time Im in chicago.

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