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Tasty Tuesday: Taco Tuesday

By: Jonathan Jones

tacosTaco Tuesday takes a new meaning since A. it falls on a Tuesday and B. It’s National Taco Day in Lake County.

National Taco Day took a while to become a national day (2009), but that doesn’t mean it’s not welcomed.

Here’s an interesting tidbit or two. Mexico housed the creator of this delicious treat and it even predates European conquistadors. The dish is native to people living in the lake region of the Valley of Mexico and it used to only be filled with small fish.

Obviously Taco Tuesday has taken on different recipes since that period in time. Here’s your second tidbit: In 1964, Roberto L. Gomez was the catalyst in establishing the National Taco Council. This council sent a 55-pound taco to former President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1967.

On this Taco Tuesday/Tasty Tuesday indulge in some yummy tacos. I got to hurry up and write this so I can get some myself, porque tengo que comer tacos ahora!

Taco Tuesday Mexican Restaurants

El Barrio Mexican Restaurant 1122 Diamond Lake Rd., Mundelein

Dining at El Barrio is always a memorable experience. This family owned restaurant offers a Tex-Mex food, comfortable atmosphere and colorful decor that makes customers feel as if they have traveled to Mexico. The menu is full of authentic Mexican dishes. Be sure to ask about the fine selection of tequila from the bar.

El Puerto Mexican Restaurant 200 N. Forest Ave., Fox Lake

This Authentic Mexican Restaurant has a beautiful scenic view and is located on Nippersink Lake connected to the Chain O'Lakes. Watch a beautiful sunset on the Chain while enjoying the best Margarita in Lake County. Menu includes Enchiladas, Chimichangas, sizzling fajitas, tacos, steak, seafood, burritos, combination platters and a variety of drinks and desserts. The restaurant offers three indoor dining rooms, a seasonal outdoor patio and a full bar with unique homemade drinks. Come by land or boat. Come rain or shine, you will be able to sit out in the patio under the awning.

Momcorn 5101 Washington St., Suite 2, Gurnee

The authentic taste of a Latin American street festival is at Momcorn, where tradition and modernity come together. You will find the real dimension in flavor, natural fresh food prepared with absolute fidelity to its remote origins and served in a casual and modern setting in a convenient location at reasonable prices. Many gluten free and vegetarian dishes are available as well as online ordering and curb delivery.

Taco Tuesday restaurants with one or two taco options

545 North Bar & Grill in Libertyville

Yucatan Mahi Tacos: Spicy slaw, chimichurri aioli, white corn tortillas

Rainforest Cafe @ Gurnee Mills

Shrimp Tacos: beer battered and fried, jalapeno ranch dressing, red cabbage, tomatoes, cilantro, Caribbean Rice, black beans

Fish Tacos: Blackened grilled or fried jalapeno ranch dressing red cabbage, tomatoes, cilantro, Caribbean Rice, black beans.

Mickey Finns in Libertyville

Taco Meals with rice and beans: Fried avocado with sauteed onions and peppers Fish with crunchy cabbage and creme sauce Pulled Pork with pico de gallo Steak or brisket with onions and cilantro

Skirt Steak Fajita Tacos: Three skirt steak fajita tacos with sauteed onions, peppers, served with rice and beans.

Onion Pub & Brewery in Barrington

Grilled Fish Tacos: Smokey grill seasoning tilapia and coleslaw served on flour tortillas with a side of mango salsa and tortilla chips.

Taco Plate: Smoked pulled chicken and prime rib tacos topped with green and red peppers, grilled onions on corn tortillas with a side of black beans mixed with diced onions and jalapenos and a side of salsa verde.

Kids Menu - Taco Plate: One taco with tortilla chips.

Sullivan's Steakhouse in Lincolnshire

Fish Tacos: Shredded cabbage, roasted tomato salsa, cilantro, spicy mayo and flour tortillas

Korean BBQ Beef Tacos: Cabbage slaw, cilantro, crushed peanuts, sriracha aioli and hoisin sauce

Other Restaurants Serving Tacos

Abel's Mexican Restaurant in Grayslake

Chatter Box of Long Grove

El Lago Mexican Restaurant in Zion

Los Mogotes in Grayslake

Milwalky Taco in Libertyville

Port O' Blarney in Antioch

Timothy O' Tooles in Gurnee

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