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L'Patron

Perfect For: Dining Solo Lunch Quick Eats Serious Take-Out Operation
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L'Patron

Do you feel lonely at times? Do you experience a yearning for true love, self- appreciation, and completeness in your life? Well, good news. The reason behind these feelings of emptiness is because you don't eat enough tacos. In an effort to combat these emotions, L'Patron is a good place to have on the radar, especially if you live in or frequent Logan Square.

L'Patron has expanded from a pure takeout and counter operation to a slightly larger hole-in-the-wall with enough tables to sit at while you eat tacos and drink the beers you brought along. It's not winning any design awards with bright orange and green walls plus a raggedy look, but aesthetics aren't really L'Patron's forte.

What L'Patron does do well is tacos, and it's ideal for having a few of them at only $2 a pop - cash only. Carne asadas are our favorite, but even the vegetarian poblana rojas are delicious. If you're feeling extra special, splurge for the $2.50 pescado or camarone shrimp tacos, which aren't necessarily traditional Mexican but are equally as good.

We should also mention the house special Gringa and Gringo - a sort of quesadilla and taco combo. They're a little different and eye-catching, but nothing that makes the needle move for us. The same can be said about the other staples, because we think L'Patron skimps out on the fillings in both the burritos and tortas - items we wouldn't order again.

The tacos, however, are good, and it's reason enough to know about L'Patron. Nobody wants to be lonely, so make some new carne asada taco friends.

Food Rundown

Tacos

L'Patron's tacos are what keep us interested. Carne asada is our favorite, but we still like to get a mix. The al pastor, pollo adobado, and lomo encebollado are our favorite meats, but the fish and veggie tacos are tasty too. Give the poblano rajas or the pescado tacos a try.

Elote

You need a side of this elote. Options include the standard on the cob version, or they will cut it up and make you a substantial sized bowl. The only question is do you want to look civilized or barbaric, because either version tastes the same.

Gringa or Gringo

These house specials are something you've never had before, but they aren't going to change your life. The Gringa is stuffed with marinated pork, caramelized onions, pineapple, and chihuahua cheese, while the Gringo comes with skirt steak instead of pork. At least one of the two is worth giving a try so you can experiment for yourself.

Burritos

Our biggest complaint on the burritos is they aren't exactly full. The meat and veggie to tortilla ratio is not the best we've seen.

Tortas

We have similar feelings on the tortas as we do on the burittos in the bread department. Bread dominates the flavor and not enough of the ingredients come through.

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