Hours: Lunch, dinner: seven days
Open late: Friday & Saturday till 3, other nights till 2
Creative drunk-food concoctions served in foil bags
Taco in a Bag was born a food truck, which went stationary after owners Pat "Deep Dish" Bertoletti and Tim "Gravy" Brown won a free yearlong lease at West Dundee's Spring Hill Mall on the Food Network's Food Court Wars. For some reason the teens and retirees at the mall didn't take to the walking taco, but their loss is Lincoln Square's portable nacho gain. TIAB is frying up tortilla chips in house—so even if they're not directly pulled out of the oil to order they're fresh and light—and using quality ingredients in interesting combinations like pulled pork, mustard slaw, dried cherries, green onions, and walnuts (the BBQ Beast) or braised thicken thigh, queso fresco, roasted garlic-infused sour cream, and cilantro (the Angry Bird). Some are better than others, but for $7 or $8 some are actually really good. The Chicken Parma-Jon, is the pinnacle of the form, its chips, contained in a sturdy, deep foil-type bag, are mounted with a sizable lump of very juicy braised chicken thigh, plus fried peppers and onions, rich tomato sauce, shredded mozzarella, parsley, and a toasted fennel-Parmesan crust. The sum of its many parts, it all integrates nicely into the chips, which maintain their integrity under what amounts to a pretty heavy topload.
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