Tasty Tuesdays: Taco Tuesdays in Lake County

This edition of tasty Tuesdays features one of everyone’s favorite treat: Tacos!

What makes this date even better is that next Sunday, August 18, is National Fajita Day.

Here’s an interesting tidbit: Mexico was the home of the taco creator it even predates European conquistadors. The dish is native to people living in the lake region of the Valley of Mexico, and it used to only be filled with small fish.

On this Taco Tuesday/Tasty Tuesday indulge in some yummy tacos. We have to hurry up and write this so I can get some myself, porque tengo que comer tacos ahora!

El Puerto Mexican Restaurant in Fox Lake


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This Authentic Mexican Restaurant has a beautiful scenic view and is located on Nippersink Lake connected to the Chain O’Lakes. Watch a beautiful sunset on the Chain while enjoying the best Margarita in Lake County. The menu includes Enchiladas, Chimichangas, sizzling fajitas, steak, seafood, burritos, combination platters and a variety of drinks, desserts and obviously tacos. Their three taco meal is served with lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheese and your choice of ground beef, chicken or steak. The platter also comes with Mexican rice and beans. The Fox Lake Restaurant also serves taco salad with your choice of ground beef, chicken or steak topped with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream and guacamole. The restaurant offers three indoor dining rooms, a seasonal outdoor patio and a full bar with unique homemade drinks. Come by land or boat. Come rain or shine, you will be able to sit out in the patio under the canopy.

La Casa de Samuel in Waukegan

The Waukegan eatery serves authentic Mexican cuisine. All dishes are served with handmade corn tortillas fresh of the griddle to the table. The Waukegan Main Street restaurant’s highlighted eats include Pollo en Mole Estilo Guerrero (chicken in house-made mole sauce), Filete Gourmet (Bacon wrapped beef tenderloin filet with ham and chihuahua cheese), Chiles en Nogada (Poblano peppers stuffed with mincemeat, walnut cream and pomegranate), Cabrito Estilo Monterrey (grilled goat served with guacamole, cowboy beans and pasilla sauce), Filete Oaxaqueño (catfish filet in a banana leaf with zucchini squash blossom, chihuahua cheese and guajillo sauce), Platános Flameados (flamed bananas cooked with kahlúa, tequila Gran Manier and ice cream) and Nieve Frita (fried ice cream). Their two signature tacos include taco de cecina (guacamole, pico de gallo and beans) and taco de Lengua. La Cada de Samuel’s antojitos can be served with steak, chicken, pork or squash blossoms.

Franco’s Pescheria in Lake Zurich

A premium Italian-inspired seafood market, restaurant and raw bar that provides entrées and small savory plates. Here are some of the Frutti di Mare (seafood) tacos the Lake Zurich fare facility offers:

  • Tacos di Gamberetti (Shrimp Tacos): Fried or grilled wild gulf shrimp, shredded cabbage and carrot with mango salsa chili aioli, lime on two flour or corn tortillas
  • Tacos di Pesce (Fish Tacos): Fried or grilled mahi-mahi served with shredded cabbage and carrot, mango salsa chili aioli and lime on two flour or corn tortillas
  • Tacos di Pollo (Chicken Tacos): Italian marinated free-range chicken breast served with shredded cabbage and carrot, mango salsa chili aioli and lime on flour or corn tortillas

Ravinia Brewing Co. in Highland Park

The Highland Park brewery features a variety of beers in addition to Mexican street food like tacos, burritos, quesadillas and more. The brewpub serves tacos with the devourer’s choice of chicken tinga, beef barbacoa, pork carnitas or veggie with cotija cheese, lettuce, pico de gallo and sour cream. The tacos come in orders of three, but individual tacos can be ordered. Don’t forget to order a side dish with their made from scratch chips, guacamole and pico.

The Shanty in Wadsworth

The Food Network favorite is a farm-to-table sensation with natural meats and seafood that explode with flavor. The Wadsworth eatery provides a gourmet taco menu on Mondays including carnita verde, chicken tinga, chili lime fish and carne barboca served with Spanish rice, warm roasted corn black bean salsa.

Other Lake County Restaurants Serving Tacos


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New Special this weekend, Garlic Shrimp Tacos w/ Creamy Cilantro-Lime Slaw… Yum! . . . #ParkStreetRestaurant #Mundelein #LetsGoLakeCounty

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For more delicious eats on your next night out during tasty Tuesdays,  continue here. 

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