L'Patron | Logan Square | Mexican/Southwestern | Restaurant

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Hours: Lunch, dinner: Sunday-Monday, Wednesday-Saturday
Closed Tuesday
Open late: Friday & Saturday till midnight

Price: $

Taco counter from a couple of upscale-Mex-restaurant vets, now moved to 3749 W. Fullerton (see separate listing).

Restaurant Details

Ernesto Gonzalez, one of four brothers behind this BYOB Logan Square taqueria, is a Topolobampo alum—but that's not the type of cooking on offer here. Named after the brothers' father, L'Patron features the food they grew up with—tacos, tortas, burritos, and assorted sides (guacamole, elotes, rice and beans, etc), with a rotating selection of house-made salsas to accompany them. Also rotating is a vegetarian filling for the aforementioned tacos, etc, offered in addition to the excellent poblano rajas (roasted poblano peppers, caramelized onions, cheese, and roasted tomato sauce), which is always available. From a strong lineup, the house special stood out: the Gringa is a sort of cross between a quesadilla and a taco, with flavorful al pastor and Chihuahua cheese sandwiched between two thick handmade tortillas. (You can also get it with skirt steak, in which case it’s called the Gringo.) This may be simple food, but all the ingredients are fresh and top-notch, with no need for fancifying. The downside? The tiny place only has 16 counter seats, and it's pretty much always busy. Located next to the highway, this isn’t exactly a likely spot for a picnic, but camping out at a nearby bus stop with a burrito doesn’t sound so bad.

Julia Thiel

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