Taco Joint

Day of the Dead Specials at Taco Joint 11.1-11.2

Taco Joint

Taco Joint

Doughnuts de los Muertos, Turkey Leg Taco and Mezcal Cocktail

Friday, November 1 – Saturday, November 2
In celebration of the upcoming Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead, Taco Joint Urban Taqueria and Cantina in Lincoln Park and River North will offer “Dia de los Muertos” menu specials.  Available onNovember 1 and November 2, the specials include a Oaxacan-inspired Turkey Leg Taco, “Lil’ Blood” Mezcal Cocktail and “Doughnuts de los Muertos,” created in collaboration with Chicago’s Glazed & Infused (doughnuts will be available at Taco Joint’s Lincoln Park location only). The complete Dia de los Muertos menu specials are outlined below.

Day of the Dead Specials at Taco Joint
November 1-2 
Turkey Leg Carnitas Taco $3.50
Black Oaxacan mole, crispy sweet potato strings

“Lil’ Blood” Mezcal Cocktail $9
Tawny Port, El Buho Mezcal, Agave Loco Tequila, orange, ruby red grapefruit, citrus bitters, salt rim

Doughnuts de los Muertos* $3
Dark chocolate doughnut with Mexican chocolate custard, ancho chile glaze and traditional calavera decorations *available only at Taco Joint Lincoln Park

Taco Joint Lincoln Park
1969 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60614
312-951-2457
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Taco Joint River North
158 W. Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60654
312-337-8226
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At first glance, the Mexican custom of Dia de los Muertos–or the Day of the Dead, may seem a lot like Halloween.  This popular and fascinating holiday is a time when people who have died are celebrated, remembered, and prayed for by friends and relatives.  These celebrations are a festive occasion, taking place on November 1st and 2nd–coinciding and often intermixing with the Catholic tradition of All Saint’s Day.  Many believe it is during this time that the souls of the departed return to visit their living relatives to eat, drink, and be merry–as if they were still living. Traditionally, families and friends gather around an ofrenda, or altar, dedicated to the deceased.  These altars are elaborately decorated with sugar skulls, candles, and a display of the deceased’s favorite foods and drinks.  In some parts of Mexico, families gather at grave sites to build their altars at headstones and celebrate the lives that once were.  It is common to find mariachi bands performing the favorite songs of the departed in these cemeteries, as well as a variety of street vendors selling food, candles, and trinkets to the families for their outdoor ofrendas.  Although the traditions and customs may vary by family or region, one fact remains: Dia de los Muertos is a time for love, remembrance, and family that will continue on for generations to come.

 

“Oktoberfiesta” at Taco Joint – Now through 10.6

Taco Joint

Taco Joint

Oktoberfest-inspired Tacos in Lincoln Park and River North

Friday, September 20 – Sunday, October 6

Taco Joint in Lincoln Park and River North will be celebrating Oktoberfest with a Mexican twist. “Oktoberfiesta” specials, available from September 20 to October 6, include a German-inspired, Jalisco Bratwurst Taco (tequila-spiked brat, arbol chile-mustard, “serrano-kraut” on flour tortilla) for $3, along with cans of Revolution Brewing’s Oktoberfest for $4. The Jalisco Bratwurst Taco may also be paired with Taco Joint’s daily drink specials, listed below.
Oktoberfiesta Specials:

Jalisco Bratwurst Taco $3
Tequila-spiked brat, arbol chile-mustard, “serrano-kraut” on flour tortilla

Revolution Brewing Oktoberfest $4
Classic German-style Oktoberfest beer that goes down smooth with a pleasant, toasty malt flavor. ABV 5.7%

Taco Joint’s Daily Drink Specials:

Monday: “Margarita Monday” $5 Zocalo Margaritas and $6 Tropical Margaritas

Tuesday: “Take Flight Tuesday” Herradura Tequila Flight $10 (Blanco, Reposado, Anejo)

Wednesday: “Whiskey Wednesday” $3 Whiskey Shots (Heaven Hill; Old Overholt) and $5 Mules

Thursday: “Tequila!” Half-off All Tequilas (excludes flights & bottles) 


Friday: “Tecate & Tequila” Tecate Can and El Jimador Tequila Blanco Shot $5

Saturday: “Can of Beer & Tequila Shot Part 2″ Modelo Especial Can and Olmeca Altos Tequila Blanco Shot $5

Sunday: “Hair of the Dog” Chipotle Bloody Mary or Michelada and Pozole Taco $7

Taco Joint ​Urban Taqueria and Cantina
​River North
158 W. Ontario St.
Chicago, IL 60654
312-337-8226
TacoJoint.com

Taco Joint ​Urban Taqueria and Cantina
Lincoln Park​ ​
1969 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614
312-951-2457
TacoJoint.com

Where to Dine on National Taco Day 10.4

 

Cantina Laredo

Cantina Laredo


Local Restaurants Feature Specials and Dining Deals

Friday, October 4

Chicagoans love their tacos, and National Taco Day is the perfect time to indulge in these tortilla-wrapped Mexican treasures. OnFriday, October 4, four area restaurants (Nacional 27; Taco Joint; Cantina Laredo; High Noon Saloon) will offer taco specials, from half-priced deals to fun flavors (think: Cactus taco; Michelada taco) that are sure to satisfy any taco fanatic. The specific offers, tacos and locations are outlined below.

Nacional 27
Nacional 27 will celebrate National Taco Day with half-priced tiny tacos from 5 p.m. until midnight on Friday, October 4. Chef Chico Vilchez’s taco offerings include: Queso with pepper jack, mozzarella, roasted poblano; BBQ’D Lamb with organic agave, avocado salsa; Grilled Beef Tenderloin with spicy tomatillo salsa; Shrimp & Scallops with avocado, lime, romaine lettuce; and Chimichurri Chicken with pepper jack cheese and nopales (regularly $4.95 each). Come for the tacos, and stay for the hot Latin sounds of DJ Konsept from 11 p.m.-2 a.m.  325 W. Huron Street, Chicago IL, 60654 312-664-2727  N27Chicago.com

Taco Joint
On National Taco Day, Taco Joint in River North and Lincoln Park will offer any three tacos for $5 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Looking for a late night fix? After 10 p.m., all tacos will be just $2 each (regularly $3-$3.50). As an added bonus, guests who post an Instagram photo of their tacos with the hashtag #tacoday will receive complimentary chips, salsa and guacamole. Taco Joint’s menu features: Barbacoa (braised beef, cilantro, onion, roasted red jalapeno salsa); Cochinita (Yucatan pulled pork, pickled red onions, habanero salsa); Enchilada (salsa verde pulled chicken, tomatillo pico, crispy queso Chihuahua); Michelada (beer marinated flank steak, arugula, green onions, sangrita salsa); Panela (grilled queso panela, black bean salsa, guajillo-mushrooms, arugula); and more. Pair your tacos with a can of Tecate and a shot of El Jimador tequila blanco for $5 (available all day). For the complete menu, visit TacoJoint.com.  158 W. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60654  312-337-8226 and 1969 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614 312-951-2457  

Cantina Laredo
Cantina Laredo in River North will feature half-priced tacos in the upstairs lounge from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, October 4 (three to an order, regularly $9-$13). Choose from: Carnitas (slow-roasted pork, chipotle wine sauce); Pollo Cascabel (spicy chicken, marinated onions, queso fresco); Pescado (Mahi Mahi, marinated vegetables, queso fresco, chipotle aioli); Camarones (shrimp, marinated vegetables, queso fresco, guajillo salsa); Picadillo (seasoned ground beef, sauteed onions, jalapenos, queso fresco); Barbacoa (slow-roasted brisket, marinated onions, Monterey Jack cheese, cilantro); and Tacos de Ahi Tuna (mini, crispy ahi tuna tacos with chipotle aioli, jicama slaw, guacamole).  508 N. State Street Chicago, IL 60654 312-955-0014CantinaLaredo.com 

High Noon Saloon
In addition to their regular taco selections (Al Pastor; Beer Battered Tilapia; Braised Chicken; Smoked Brisket), Wicker Park’s High Noon Saloon will feature two additional flavors in celebration of National Taco Day. On Friday, October 4, Chef Ruben Beltran will offer a Smoked Salmon taco (house smoked salmon, chipotle mayo, chopped arugula, cherry tomatoes, radish, onions) for $4, along with a Cactus taco (fried cactus, red peppers, zucchini, carrots, pico de gallo, morita salsa) for $3.  1560 N. Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL 60622 773-227-9339 HighNoonChicago.com