It’s well known that for every good Mexican restaurant, there are dozens of bad ones. Luckily one of the good ones, Taqueria San Jose, is mere minutes away from IIT. Located just north of the intersection of 33rd and Halsted at 3253 S Halsted, Taqueria San Jose is easily reached by taking the 35 bus west to Halsted, then walking north to the restaurant. The restaurant is open from 11 AM to 11 PM on weekdays and until 2 AM on weekends.
Taqueria San Jose serves up authentic Mexican affair that is both delicious and affordable. One of the best parts of the restaurant is that, unlike many late-night Mexican places, Taqueria San Jose’s food is not very greasy. The menu is quite extensive, offering standard Mexican such as burritos and nachos, and more unique dishes like steak torta, tostadas, and cebollitas. I would like to personally recommend the queso with chorizo and the carne asada suizo burrito. The cheese used in the queso pairs really well with the spicy chorizo, and the carne asada steak in the burrito is seasoned really well.
Before you order the restaurant gives you chips and salsa and some tubs of pickled vegetables to much on. Make sure to try the pickled vegetables – they are to die for! Also ask if you could have some guacamole with the chips. They make their guacamole fresh every day, and it is excellent. As good as all this food is, it’s surprisingly affordable. You’ll find it difficult to have to pay more than $10 for your meal.
The physical restaurant itself is an interesting experience. The restaurant is clean, but always has an interesting crowd in it. Usually a mix of Mexicans from around the area, college students, and sports fans coming rolling in from White Sox games; the restaurant is a great place to people watch. One thing to note about the restaurant, though, is that there is a $15 minimum to be able to use a credit card.
Overall, Taqueria San Jose is a great choice when it comes to Mexican food. Whether you’re looking for a good dinner, a quick lunch, or a late night burrito run, this restaurant is perfect. The restaurant is available for dine in and take out, and can be reached at (312)225-7386.