Hours: Lunch, dinner: seven days
Open late: Friday & Saturday till midnight
Mexican street food and many, many tequilas.
What does "urban" mean when applied to a restaurant? As interpreted by Taco Joint, it means upscale street food, cocktails, black-garbed servers and bussers—and appropriating elements of the popular Wicker Park bar and taqueria Big Star, right down to the takeout window. It's hard to imagine a less comfortable place to eat—the front bar gets packed, the back dining room is picnic-style seating, and the hallway is outfitted with narrow, shelflike tables and stools hard by the kitchen doors. But to my surprise, I found the food mostly enjoyable. Owner Edgar Castaneda also has a stake in Zocalo, and a couple of the drinks bear that name. The Zocalo flight features the house margarita and sangria as well as a "citrus cazuela," with citrus tequila, aguardiente, white wine, and citrus juice, that will really kick ass when the weather heats up. A grapefruit margarita with a chile rim is also refreshing, and there's a cilantro mojito with muddled limes and pepper-cured tequila. The four guacamoles—traditional,
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