2251 Maple Ave.
Downers Grove, IL 60515
On a visit to Chicago, I was kicking around the burbs looking for some Mexican food. Was it a great plan? Certainly not. But I DID have the opportunity to sample this little joint tucked away in a strip mall, and it did not disappoint.
Free chips, as they should be. Ahem, Chipotle, take note.
Serve yourself? Right again. This salsa was so good I nearly drained both containers.
A torta and a quesadilla seemed about right, so I went for the chicken tinga.
It was nothing fancy, but everything was executed with perfection. Fresh ingredients, nothing that was the newest trend in fusion (fusion is overrated), just a solid torta.
Crisp shredded lettuce, thin but sturdy and soft bread with ripe tomatoes – which have been deathly hard to find this year.
Obviously the chorizo tacos had to be tried, and came out perfect yet again. Everything you need, nothing you don't.
The carne asada was a pretty tasty as well, with half a skirt steak grilled to a nice medium, and served with the usual rice, beans and some warm tortillas.
The flan was also a nice touch, as it was brought out on the house (my dining partners were regulars). Light, wobbly, and just sweet enough.
Pretty solid for a strip mall Mexican experience in the Chicago burbs.