Hours: Breakfast, lunch, dinner: Monday-Saturday
Taqueria from Frontera/Topolobampo vets Luis Perea and Laura Cid-Perea.
La Lagartija Taqueria is the latest from chefs Luis Perea and Laura Cid-Perea, School of Bayless vets and owners of the popular Bombon Cafe, relocated nearby on Ashland after a fire forced its relocation from Pilsen. The place looks hip and inviting, done up with a bright southwestern color palette and the eponymous "little lizard" represented in various design elements. But though it seems to aspire to be more than a humble taqueria, what's on offer is for the most part yeoman renditions of Mexican and Tex-Mex standards. Queso fundido, a pot of melted cheese with chorizo, was flat and uninspired, with a rubbery substratum of melted cheese. In addition to the usual tacos, burritos, and quesadillas, there are several alhambres, fajita-like mixtures of peppers, onions, cheese, and usually meat meant to be scooped with tortillas. For breakfast there are various blanquillos (eggs with vegetable, cheese, and meat), though you can get anything on the menu anytime. Prices are reasonable, and shrimp tacos are a high point, lightly breaded and fried, then topped with crema and chipotle salsa.
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