El Habanero | Logan Square | Mexican/Southwestern | Restaurant

El Habanero

Hours: Lunch, dinner: seven days

Price: $

Neighborhood spot going beyond tacos and burritos with the pambazo, a Mexican sandwich.

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When I took my first pull from the tall icy glass of horchata served at Logan Square's sorta new El Habanero, I knew something was different. Thick, creamy, and only lightly sweetened, it's something altogether distinct from the muddy, gritty sugar waters slung at most other places. So I wasn't surprised when I was told they make it in-house from toasted ground rice, milk, cinnamon, sugar, and a just a bit of Mexican chocolate. It's an excellent foil for the blazing-hot table salsa. The menu here is Taqueria 101: tacos, tortas, gorditas, sopes, huaraches, and a handful of larger plates, like skirt steak, enchiladas, or posole verde. That's excepting the less frequently seen pambazo, a tortalike sandwich with a roll that's dipped in smoky guajillo salsa, staining it a brilliant sunset color that persists after it's been split and then griddled until crispy. You can get it with chicken or carne asada, but the ur-pambazo is filled with chorizo and potatoes topped with shredded iceberg, crema, and cotija cheese. You might find the large bun overwhelms the quantity of filling, but you'll have no trouble washing it all down with a large horchata.

Mike Sula

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Price: $

Payment Type: Cash only

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