If you're looking for really delicious & authentic home-style Mexican cooking, and if atmosphere isn't a top priority, look no further than El Burrito Bronco in Wheeling, IL. It's an ordinary looking storefront but looks are deceiving. The owner/chef is from Zacatecas and he tells me that his recipes come directly from his mother.
The menu includes the standard items like tacos, tostadas, burritos but that's just the tip of the iceberg. They serve the absolute best tamales I've ever had (your choice of pork or chicken) - in the United States or in Mexico! (Be advised that they aren't always available so you may want to call ahead if that's the only reason you're going). On weekends they serve menudo (Mexican tripe soup) and Posole (Mexican hominy soup with big chunks of lean pork). In fact, I go there for lunch every Saturday specifically so I can enjoy a big bowl. I've had posole in many other restaurants in the Chicago area as well as in Mexico and this is far and away the best in my experience. They do excellent fish and seafood. There's a Friday special called Carne en su Jugo (Meat in its Juices) which is almost soup-like - lots of beef in a tangy, juicy sauce. Pollo al horno is a half chicken, oven roasted and served with potatoes and beans. (Big enough so you're almost guaranteed leftovers to take home. One of my favorites is Bistec ala Mexicana, strips of beef sautéed with onions, tomatoes and slices of jalapeño chiles.
Breakfast dishes (they open at 9:00 AM) include the standard huevos ranchero and huevos ala Mexicana as well as eggs with strips of steak. All are delicious.
Miguel, the owner of El Burrito Bronco, is a personable young man who loves to cook. His prices are a real bargain so, in addition to being served excellent food, you'll stay well within your budget.
Capsule review: plain atmosphere, budget prices, really delicious and authentic Mexican cuisine!
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