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Best Chicago Delivery Foods From Latinx-Owned Restaurants

Going out to eat is fine, but with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and sweater weather fast approaching, sometimes all you want to do is have your meal come to you. It’s not only convenient, but it’s also the perfect opportunity to explore the culinary scene without having to leave your house (and can be a hack to get your hands on some of the most popular items in town) .

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, here are some of Chicago’s best dishes from Latinx and Hispanic-owned restaurants that you must try right now. How do we know? We asked a number of Latinx community leaders to divulge their favorite restaurants with their must-try menu items.

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Small village
“This is the go-to restaurant for my family growing up in Little Village,” says entrepreneur Lucy Angel Camarena. “I love puerco en salsa verde so much that when Stéphanie Izard asked me where to take Anthony Bourdain for an episode of Unknown parts, that’s where I took them and what we ordered.” The tenderized pork dish is served in a sea of ​​green salsa mixed with nopals (cactus). As the temperature drops you will also want to add fide sofao, a noodle and potato soup made with tomatoes, and champurrado, a hot masa and chocolate drink, made to order.
How to try it: Order through Grubhub.

condochicago
condochicago

Avondale
Not content to sell the popular pambazo, a torta-style Mexican sandwich dipped and fried in red guajillo pepper salsa and stuffed with potatoes and chorizo, the Con Todo team decided to pair it with the American burger and create the cross-cultural “pamburguesa” . The entire menu offers a mash of culinary items. If beef isn’t your thing, opt for the hot chicken torta inspired by Mexico City cuisine. “Sometimes fusion foods just don’t work, but this one absolutely does!” said Carlos Jaramillo, the race director of the popular Carrera de los Muertos de Pilsen. “It is so good.” And it is also available with a vegetable pancake.
How to try it: Order through Grubhub.

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Tacos Quesabirria at La Katrina

Little Italy
With a simple menu of tacos and burritos, you can’t go wrong at this family restaurant. However, television producer Blanca Rios, a fan of the restaurant for many years, recommends its favorite option: quesabirria tacos. The order of three tortillas is stuffed with birria-style meat (usually beef or goat), melted cheese, cilantro, onions, and a jus au jus to dip your quesabirrias. Each order also comes with fresh salsa. “They started as a food truck and now they use the kitchen inside Little Joe’s on Taylor in Little Italy,” Rios says. “The food is amazing and the family is super nice.”
How to try it: Order through Grubhub.

wicker park
“I’ve had a hard time finding good baja-style fish tacos since I moved to Chicago a few years ago,” says attorney Eir Nakamura Salvi. “I was happy to find Barbaro again.” The taqueria and street food-inspired Mexican restaurant bills itself as a “cross-cultural experience.” It blends long-established family recipes with the owner’s Chicago roots. And while tacos, tortas and burritos are popular menu items, playwright Ricardo Gamboa says don’t sleep on the apricot piquin piquin aguachiles made with shrimp and alder wood-smoked sea salt.
How to try it: Order through Grubhub.

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Humboldt Park
Nellie’s, a family-operated restaurant, is a staple in Chicago’s Puerto Rican community. So it only makes sense to try Nellie’s breakfast special – a gigantic order of a Boricua tortilla. The open-faced omelet is seasoned with herbs and spices known as sofritemozzarella cheese, tomatoes, green peppers, salchichon sausage, maduros (sweet plantains) and onions. Each order comes with the bonus of one coconut avenue (coconut oats) and a side of tostada criolla. “I’m obsessed with this dish and pick it up at least once a week through Grubhub,” says Ashley Alvarez, founder of Oye Prima.
How to try it: Order through Grubhub.

panartesanalchicago
panartesanalchicago

Logan Square
Sometimes it’s not just about not wanting to leave your house, food delivery can be the ultimate hack to get your hands on some coveted groceries. Pan Artesanal baked goods is one such place. The queue for Mexican-inspired baked goods (think biscuits and cream conchas, Gansito croissants and arroz con leche cheesecake) that’s only open on weekends, runs down the block well before they open and once they sell out items they close for the day. Corn muffins are a must for Jackson Flores, president of Dish Roulette Kitchen, a popular Instagram account and food incubator. “Chef Marisol uses the French technique to deliver a muffin with a crisp, broken edge, deep corn flavor, and a sweet, savory flavor that has made it one of my favorite baked goods in Chicago,” says Flores. “No frills, just simple ingredients [made] by a disciplined hand.
How to try it: Order through Grubhub.

Chile Toreado
Chile Toreado

McKinley Park
The artist Alibé Brambila Navarro can’t get enough of the vegetarian tlayuda from Chile Toreado. “Traditional Oaxacan cuisine consists of a large, thin, crispy, partially fried or grilled tortilla topped with a refried bean spread and a variety of other toppings,” says Brambila Navarro. Cheese, salsa, nopales, onions and cilantro are some of the common toppings in Mexico. At Chile Toreado, the pizza-like item comes with roasted vegetables and grilled poblano rajas.
How to try it: Order through Grubhub.

The Tables
The Tables

View of the lake and Portage Park
Whenever Telemundo’s Nicole Suarez is back home from her job as an international TV presenter for the Spanish-language channel, you can find her at her family’s restaurant: Las Tablas, the city’s first Colombian steakhouse. . There’s a reason they’ve been in business for over 30 years. The portions are large and delicious, and the restaurant even counts Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot among its fans.
How to try it: Order through Grubhub.

TOLA COFFEE
TOLA COFFEE

Black Bean and Goat Cheese Empanadas Cafe Tola

Wrigleyville, Logan Square, Lakeview and Avondale
What started as a small, colorful storefront on Southport has expanded to four locations with plans to open in New York. Owners Victoria and Gerardo Salamanca have made a name for themselves with inventive empanada flavors such as guava and queso fresco, and buffalo chicken. The pint-sized display case has an impressive menu of tacos, burritos, and pozole, but the filling empanadas are where you want to focus your attention. While a lot of people called this place, the black bean and goat cheese empanada stood out as a fan favorite.
How to try it: Order through Grubhub.

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Ximena N. Beltran Qua kn Kiu is a Thrillist contributor and communications specialist based in Chicago.

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