Be prepared for long lines, but the perfectly crispy carnitas are worth the wait. You can buy the pork by the pound, and then everything is brought to your table. From onions and cilantro to salsa and endless tortillas, Don Pedro’s makes sure you have everything you need to create your own tacos. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the deep-fried beef brain tacos.
Don Pedro Carnitas, 1113 W 18th St, Chicago, IL, USA +1 (312) 829-4757
This spot has one of the best patios in Chicago, so try to get there early enough to snag a table outside. The restaurant is almost always busy, but if you want to avoid the crowds, head over to the bar or take-out window. Enjoy the taco de pescado with a Big Star margarita while dancing to the music playing overhead. Remember before you head over that it’s cash only.
Big Star, 1531 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL, USA +1 (773) 235-4039
Carnitas Uruapan is a staple in the Pilsen neighborhood. The menu reflects the authentic flavors of Uruapan, Mexico. With slow-cooked pork carnitas accompanied by chicharonnes and a cactus salad, you won’t be disappointed. On Saturdays and Sundays, spicy pork brain tacos are available as well.
Carnitas Uruapan, 1725 W 18th St, Chicago, IL, USA +1 (312) 226-2654
Famous for their melt-in-your-mouth roasted goat, Birrieria Zaragoza tacos are so good that you’re guaranteed to become a converted goat lover. The house-made, hand-pressed corn tortillas along with the fresh salsa make for the perfect mouth-watering taco. Don’t leave Chicago without eating their award winning goat taco.
Birrieria Zaragoza, 4852 S Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL, USA +1 (773) 523-3700