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Chicken Pastor Tacos -- La Parrillita in River Forest
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  • Chicken Pastor Tacos -- La Parrillita in River Forest

    Post #1 - April 18th, 2015, 4:02 pm
    Post #1 - April 18th, 2015, 4:02 pm Post #1 - April 18th, 2015, 4:02 pm
    This place is very promising. It is very high quality fast food Mexican.. mostly tacos, tortas, and tamales.. Everything and I mean everything is made from scratch.. Even the Horchata, one of the best I have ever tasted, and the tamarindo and hibiscus drinks.

    The chicken pastor is really good.. with cilantro, onions and pineapple.. Usually pastor is made with pork but here it is made with chicken.

    This used to be a greasy spoon diner . There is only counter space, no tables.. next to tire shop across from Cameo tower

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  • Post #2 - April 18th, 2015, 4:13 pm
    Post #2 - April 18th, 2015, 4:13 pm Post #2 - April 18th, 2015, 4:13 pm
    7225 W North Ave
    River Forest, Illinois
  • Post #3 - April 18th, 2015, 9:40 pm
    Post #3 - April 18th, 2015, 9:40 pm Post #3 - April 18th, 2015, 9:40 pm
    Stopped in this afternoon for a snack based on jf's recommendation and it was nice.
    Carne Asada taco was tasty, 2.50 each. I tried it without any salsa at first just to see how it was on it's own and it wasn't bad, would have benefitted from a hotter grill to get some char; the arbol salsa added a nice kick for the last bite.
    I tried all three drinks and it's true, they're really good.
  • Post #4 - June 28th, 2016, 6:15 pm
    Post #4 - June 28th, 2016, 6:15 pm Post #4 - June 28th, 2016, 6:15 pm
    I was impressed with the variety and tastiness of salsas here, even if none of them are really scorching. The chicken pastor was fairly bland, but at least not stringy white meat. The asada was pretty decent. The spicy chicken tamale was average and not spicy. I found the menu overall tame (they have grilled corn for the salads, but not as a side), but very well-executed.

    I then happened to get my car repaired the next week across the street from Pete's Fresh Market on Lake, and the tacos at Pete's were arguably the best I've ever had in Oak Park-Forest Park, including Maya and Axcan. Pastor off the trompo with pineapple, steak on a searing hot grill with a rich smoky flavor. They were out of carnitas. Huge tacos on super-fresh griddled tortillas. I was disappointed they didn't have salsas (at least at my visit), but then the tacos didn't actually need any with the cilantro / onion / limes. YMMV if you arrive earlier than the spits are crisp or later than lunchtime when they're holding and reheating things, but it was a home run last week.

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  • Post #5 - July 14th, 2016, 10:28 am
    Post #5 - July 14th, 2016, 10:28 am Post #5 - July 14th, 2016, 10:28 am
    When this place first opened, it seemed promising... I visited a second time and honestly... I don't know what the fuss is all about... Maybe I just like El Pollo Vagabundo better. The people who work here are nice... and they are entertaining with the different bottles of hot sauces... but other than that.... it was just mediocre on my second visit. The horchata and hibiscus are good but the other things are just average. I was impressed the first time, but not second time as far as the food goes.
  • Post #6 - September 27th, 2017, 8:29 am
    Post #6 - September 27th, 2017, 8:29 am Post #6 - September 27th, 2017, 8:29 am
    Stopped in last night on way home from airport. Not bad at all. Horchata was very good, supposedly home made. Tacos were fine, not great, but not bad either. I tried six of their salsas. I couple were very good, especially one called "grenade." Wasn't really that hot, but just right. I would go back just for that salsa. And they have a parking lot in the back! A real plus in this area.
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  • Post #7 - October 12th, 2017, 12:18 pm
    Post #7 - October 12th, 2017, 12:18 pm Post #7 - October 12th, 2017, 12:18 pm
    teatpuller wrote:I tried six of their salsas. I couple were very good, especially one called "grenade." Wasn't really that hot, but just right. I would go back just for that salsa.
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    ... and there are a few more.
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #8 - October 12th, 2017, 11:06 pm
    Post #8 - October 12th, 2017, 11:06 pm Post #8 - October 12th, 2017, 11:06 pm
    Panther in the Den wrote:
    teatpuller wrote:I tried six of their salsas. I couple were very good, especially one called "grenade." Wasn't really that hot, but just right. I would go back just for that salsa.
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    ... and there are a few more.

    When I get a dozen tamales to go (spicy chicken), I always ask for containers of Grenade and Mango Basil, as well, which I like to use in combination: the Mango Basil provides a cooling/fragrant fruity balance to the Grenade's accent of heat.
    "If I have dined better than other men, it is because I stood on the shoulders of giants...and got the waiter's attention." --Sir Isaac "Ready to order NOW" Newton

    "You worry too much. Eat some bacon... What? No, I got no idea if it'll make you feel better, I just made too much bacon." --Justin Halpern's dad

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