Who Has the Top Tacos? Comment for a Shot at a $50 Gift Card

This week, your local editors tried tacos at restaurants in Frankfort, New Lenox and Mokena. After we give our reviews, let us know who you think has the best for a shot at winning a $50 gift card to a local restaurant.

This week, local editors Joe Vince (Frankfort), Michael Sewall (New Lenox) and Paul Dailing (Mokena) tried tacos at restaurants in their respective Patch towns.

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El Cortez, Mokena (5 of 5 stars)

The good: Everything from was wonderful. I had the pork tacos on soft corn tortillas and they were delicious. I didn't need any sauce, salsa or other toppings; it was perfect as is.

The bad: The lunch special was two beef or chicken tacos plus beans and rice for $7.50. The dinner was three beef, chicken or pork tacos plus beans and rice for $8. Either's a good deal, but do what I did and splurge with that extra 50 cents.

El Burrito Loco, New Lenox (4 of 5 stars)

The good: At $2 per taco, I got a of bang for my buck. These heavy-duty, double-stacked tortillas (corn or flour) are packed with meat. And there's a great variety to choose from here. I got one each of steak, pork and chicken, but there's also chorizo and more.

The bad: Honestly, I didn't find the meat that flavorful. It was tender and there was lots of it, but it never jumped off my plate. The hot salsa on the side helped spice it up.

Buenas Nachos, Frankfort (4 of 5 stars)

The good: Since tacos only cost $1.60 (what a deal!), I ordered two: a beef taco in a flour tortilla and a steak taco in a corn tortilla. The steak taco was my favorite, meaty, tangy and satisfying. I'm generally not a big fan of corn tortillas, but I liked this one. 

The bad: The beef taco was pretty lackluster. I was hoping for a little more flavor. Overall, the beef was plain and a salty for my tastes.

NL4LIFE December 11, 2011 at 02:33 PM
The Buenos Nachos Taco is Da Best!
Lynn Conrad December 11, 2011 at 03:13 PM
El Burrito Loco in New Lenox is the best!!! And their Horchata rules!!!
kokes December 11, 2011 at 03:46 PM
Try El Burrito Loco's steak fajita taco's. Outstanding!
Kirsten December 11, 2011 at 04:05 PM
El Cortez is great, everything I have had there is delicious.
phyllis harris December 11, 2011 at 05:58 PM
El Burrito Loco Have the best tacos in town.
Paraday December 11, 2011 at 06:18 PM
The Buenos Nachos Taco is one of the better Tacos in this area.. Their Breaded Steat Tacos are great... But just a FYI if you ever make it to Bridgeport try Tacos Erendira on 32 & Halsted I have yet to find somthing comparable.... Chicaken Burrito , & Nachos!!!!!!
Resident December 11, 2011 at 06:25 PM
El Burrito Loco beats the others for taste and authenticity. Yummy!
Joe Vince (Editor) December 11, 2011 at 06:25 PM
@Clint Paraday: I'll have to try the breaded steak taco next time. The other place I need to check out is Lucky Burrito in the Frankfort Crossing shopping center. Has anyone been there lately? What do you think? Joe Vince Local editor, Frankfort
Michael Sewall (Editor) December 11, 2011 at 06:28 PM
I'm definitely going to make another trip to El Burrito Loco to try some of the other tacos they've got. So many choices!
Etc. Stores, Inc. December 11, 2011 at 06:35 PM
I vote for Buenas Nachos all the way! Steak tacos on corn = amazing!
N Yan December 11, 2011 at 06:46 PM
Charleston's actually makes a great fish taco!
James Winters December 11, 2011 at 07:14 PM
LA Cafe has the best steak Taco and Charlestons has the best Fish Taco's
Michael Sewall (Editor) December 11, 2011 at 07:41 PM
Oh yeah, I forgot about the fish tacos at Charleston's! Those are good.
Suzi Voss December 11, 2011 at 08:19 PM
The steak Buenas Nachos tacos with fresh avocado are the best! El Burrito Loco puts too much salt on their steak and every once in awhile you hit a rogue unidentifiable crunchy thing. Haven't had tacos from El Cortez in years (usually get fajitas there)...will have to give them a try again after the rave review!
Dee Miller December 11, 2011 at 08:27 PM
Enjoy reading all your reviews. Suggestion for you all to try, this cold weather needs some warm comfort food, macaroni & cheese is a true comfort food. I have been trying to find a good Macaroni & Cheese (baked or not) I tried Enrico's didn't care for it. Dominick's in Frankfort has mac & cheese soup in the self serve pots by the door, it is good, if lucky enough to find a day they have it. Other restaurants that had a good one sadly are no longer around. Would love to see if you guys would be able to find a good one. Keep up the good work, guys!
WB December 11, 2011 at 09:19 PM
@Clint Paraday, I totally agree with you about Tacos Enrique on Halstead. The same family also own Taco Joe's on 111th and Pulaski, which is not as good but close.
Michael Sewall (Editor) December 11, 2011 at 09:54 PM
Thanks, Dee! We did mac & cheese way back in April, but there's always foods we can revisit. Here's what we ran in April: http://newlenox.patch.com/articles/which-area-restaurant-is-your-mac-and-cheese-daddy
Steve T. December 11, 2011 at 10:58 PM
We enjoy eating at El Cortez, the steak tacos are fresh, meat is lean, and the price is definitely fair. For carry out tacos ( they have a few tables to eat at) we have been visiting Lucky Burrito located in Frankfort at Route 30 & Lagrange by Brown's Chicken. Tacos and Burritos are full of flavor, never had a bad meal from this place. You can watch your food being made and the staff is extremely nice. I tell everyone to try it- and the only complaint I ever heard was that they put alot of sour cream on their steak burritos.
Mokena Mom December 12, 2011 at 01:52 AM
Love the Buenas Nachos steak tacos with avocado.
Jill Yott December 12, 2011 at 02:06 AM
I live the Buenos Nachos steak tacos! They are the best. The steak sopes.... Nom, Nom, nom
Dee Miller December 12, 2011 at 06:01 AM
Thank you, must have missed that one! Appreciate it much!
Jo Ann Throw December 12, 2011 at 04:15 PM
While I agree that Buenos Nachos as well as El Burrito Loco have excellent nachos as well as tacos, etc. has anyone ever tried the Nachos at Tribes Ale House? Although it is not technically in NL, the large nachos are served on a large pizza pan and they are very good!
KMK December 13, 2011 at 12:50 AM
LA Cafe gets my vote. the last time I had Buenos Nachos it was very soggy! bleck!
Paraday December 13, 2011 at 05:34 PM
My opinion on LA Cafe is ugh… Not close to real mexican food…. Just my opinion though!
Paraday December 13, 2011 at 05:35 PM
I will have to try it… Why would they not use the same reciepe???
Chicagoan December 15, 2011 at 05:26 AM
I am a big El Burrito Loco fan.... love their tacos and I am addicted to their rice. Have you tried their corn in a cup?....delicious I love the convenience of their drive thru!!!!


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