Monday, March 14, 2011

La Palapita

-Got Beef? taco's de carne asada

I was out in Portage park a little while back and I drove by an old lunchtime staple from when I was with the Sheriff's department. Back in the day we would run around the area with a few others over summertime making sure the city parks and people in them were ok. We ate out for lunch everyday and one of the favorite stops of another one of the kids who worked with us was La Palapita on Milwaukee ave. He was from the neighborhood and this is the popular spot for tacos with all locals in the area.

Located on Milwaukee ave in Portage Park

I've been to Palapita a multiple number of times and have made visits thru the years since my days with the county. I'll admit it, when I was a young'n my favorite Mexican joint was Taco Burrito Palace in the old neighborhood but I grew up and grew wiser. I liked Palapita when we went there with the Sheriffs but would never admit it back then that it was better than TBP, my go to drunken late night Mexican eats stop. But to be fair, they're both different, they serve Mexican food and that's about where the similarities end. La Palapita may or may not be owned by relatives of the family who owns La Pasadita. I'm not sure but they are both very familiar. It's all about the steak which is char grilled. I've had both bad and great experiences here but I must say, when they are on these carne asada tacos are as good as any. A recent trip verified that as I was served a couple of perfect tacos with juicy steak full of flavor that when added in with the tortilla, onion, cilantro and salsa is still one of the best flavor combination's out there.

Rating Scale 5/5

steak: 5 (when fresh)
cilantro/onions: 4
tortilla: 4
salsa: 4

Score: 17/20

Steak taco from La Palapita

La Palapita
4263 North Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60641
(773) 427-4438

La Palapita Restaurant on Urbanspoon


Eric said...

If there's a familial relation, I guess that would make sense -- the carne asada in Pasadita's tortas is some of the best I've ever had.

Unknown said...

la palapita, las asadas, and la pasadita are all the same family. pasadita was first in the 70's then palapita and asadas in the late 80's. the mother owns pasadita and the sons are the managers, and the daughters and their kids own and run palapita and las asadas.


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