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Best Bets For Late-Night Mexican

April 15, 2011 7:00 AM

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We’ve rounded up 6 great spots for all your late-night Mexican cravings. We know there’s a late-night Mexican option on almost every corner, but these 6 are worth a try. Whether you’re a night owl, a studying college co-ed, a hungry patron working the night shift, or someone who shall we say, has had one too many cocktails? These Mexican eats are sure to satisfy all your greasy, late-night needs.

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El Burrito Mexicano

936 W Addison St
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 327-6991

Late-night or not, El Burrito Mexicano is a treasure for quick Mexican food. Fresh and affordable, everything on this menu is worth the wait at 12AM after a Cubs game. Tucked away under the red line Addison stop, El Burrito shares the late-night crowd with the nearby Bacci Pizza. Even as a pizza lover, when faced with the tough decision of where to eat, my pick is El Burrito. Always ask for extra salsa (it’s delicious) and make sure to bring cash or stop at the ATM next door. El Burrito is a cash only establishment.

Flash Taco

1570 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 772-1997
www.flashtacobucktown.com

Looking for affordable Mexican in a flash? Flash Taco in Bucktown is open until 5AM on weeknights, 6AM on Saturday and 4AM on Sunday. This is a perfect spot for Bucktowners out late and ready for a greasy treat. Flash Taco even delivers late-night. Delivery hours are 5AM on weeknights, 5AM on weekends and 3AM on Sunday.

La Puebla

2658 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 227-5499

LaPuebla in Logan Square, is an authentic sit-down Mexican restaurant serving all your favorites including; tacos, burritos and quesadillas. Open 24-hours a day, means you can get breakfast, lunch or dinner whenever you please. If you can’t quite commit to just Mexican food, La Puebla also has a random array of other greasy treats including; chicken nuggets, French fries and hot wings. In case you’re looking to continue the late-night party, La Puebla also offers pitchers of beer for $18-$20. Chances are though, if you’re at La Puebla at 2AM, you should probably stick with water.

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Maravillas

5506 S Lake Park Ave
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 955-7680

Friendly staff, late-night hours and huge portions are what you’ll find at Maravillas. Located in Hyde Park, Maravillas is BYOB and known to be hopping on weekend nights. The huge portions can easily be split by two. The sides of rice and beans are enough to be a meal all on their own! Maravillas also features a late-night delivery option.

Taqueria Mr. Salsa

‪1025 W Montrose Ave‬
‪Chicago, IL 60613‬
‪(773) 880-0355 ‬‎

Taqueria Mr. Salsa ‪known fondly around Uptown as only “Mr. Salsa”‬, is a late-night taqueria taken to another level. You won’t feel like you’re only eating a $5 burrito at this north side spot. Fast service, great burritos and other traditional favorites, makes Mr. Salsa a favorite among Uptown’s late-night crowd. It’s not hard to see why there’s always a steady flow of burrito lovers coming in and out, late into the night.

Nuevo Leon

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Nuevo Leon Restaurant

1515 W 18th Street

Chicago, IL 60608

(312) 421-1517

www.nuevoleonrestaurant.com

Nuevo Leon is one of those local Chicago gems. With a reasonably priced menu, and BYOB option, you can’t go wrong here! Open until 12AM, the average meal price is a budget-friendly $7. The house favorites include; enchiladas, tamales, steak tacos and flautas de polo. Take-out at Nuevo is quick and efficient -you’ll be in and out in under 10 minutes.

Lauren Wulf, CBS Local

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