Hours: Lunch, dinner: seven days
Open late: Friday & Saturday till 3
CLOSED. Quick-service restaurant featuring "California-style" tacos, burritos, quesadillas, flautas, and hot dogs.
Rockin’ Taco is a lively-looking storefront with jazzy graffiti murals. Owners Robert Vojnovich, Cristian Saenz, and staff are genuinely friendly and warm, and it’s enjoyable to eat in a place where servers and cooks are clearly having a blast. Anticipating food somewhat perplexingly billed "nontraditional yet very authentic," we started strong with flautas, "flutes" of good-quality fried tortillas filled with chipotle chicken or potato and cheese. The al pastor and fajita veggie tacos were tasty if not mind-blowing, but though we applaud the effort to include nonmeat options on the menu, the al pastor-style spices and pineapple slivers on the tofu taco slipped toward the unpleasantly sweet. Tacos are obviously menu mainstays, though there are also several hot dogs, and while jalapeño sour cream and sriracha sauces are good additions to the Rockin’ Dog, the generic wieners and buns lack personality. We’ve got to admire the ambition of the owners: trying to give Chicago a better version of Mexican chow and hot dogs takes brass cojones. Still, Rockin’ Taco is a fun place: the horchata is fresh-tasting, BYOB is a nice touch, and on Friday nights at 7 PM you can sit down to a flight of "10 Tacos from Hell," five pounds of food, smothered with tongue-blistering house-made salsa; finish all this and a drink in under an hour with one napkin and you'll be reimbursed for dinner (which is $16.66).
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