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The last time I wrote about a restaurant's quesadillas, it was because they caught my eye for their impressive size. But as large as they are, I suspect the ones at Little Village's Las Quecas might have just been the forerunners of a coming quesadilla arms race. Enter Machetes Big Quesadillas, a bare-bones Archer Heights storefront run by two sisters who brought a very particular expression of the quesadilla gigante from their hometown, Mexico City. If you do a Google image search for "machete quesadilla," so called for its resemblance to the standard coconut splitter, you'll see them getting griddled all over Mexico. But Maria de Jesus Lopez Sandoval saw a void and brought them to Chicago, only sizing down their standard two-foot length by four inches because she couldn't find serving plates long enough to accommodate their impressive measure, according to DNAinfo.
But these 20-inchers are still plenty lengthy, built on thin, freshly grilled masa folded over any combination of cheese, cactus, roasted poblanos, mushrooms, squash blossoms, huitlacoche, chorizo and potatoes, pressed pork rinds, chicken tinga, pork leg, pork loin, or cochinita pibil. There's a modest self-serve salsa bar with crema, pickled red onions, and tomatillo, cacahuate, chile arbol, and blazing-hot habanero salsas. These so-called "hunger slicers" run in the neighborhood of $7 apiece, which is impressive considering just one of them could satisfy two mutual admirers, Lady and the Tramp style.