Menus evolve with the seasons, but here we have a restaurant that’s interior changes too. The decor of reclaimed signs, a hutch filled with teal jars and seating circa our public elementary school days shifts as married owners Ashley and Rick Ortiz find pieces that appeal to their vintage style.
Diners can walk up to the counter and order crispy fish tacos with smoked cabbage and sriracha tartar sauce, or sweet and spicy chicken tacos with cucumber and honey yogurt. It will be served on mismatched china with painted flowers and gold plating. Then customers can buy the tea towels it was served with, or any of the other antiques for sale, to take a non-edible piece of antique taco home.
In addition to the seasonal menu including mushroom, ribeye and pork tacos, there is a “mas” menu with entrees such as masa biscuits with lobster gravy and meatballs with mole sauce, as well as soups and salads. Because it wouldn’t be a proper taco joint without a tequila chaser, may we present the Rosemary’s margarita made with fresh lime and orange juice with a splash of rosemary simple syrup. The best part? Beverages are served by the small jug or large glass milk bottle.
In time for summer, they will soon be opening a patio outside that will be serviced by a paella cart. If the temptation of fresh chips and guacamole served in a blueberry basket and vodka-spiked aqua fresca are not enough to bring you to this new Wicker Park restaurant, you can try their cuisine and eye antiques at the Antique Kitchen booth at Randolph Street Market.
1360 N Milwaukee Ave.