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Don Pedro Carnitas

View Map1113 W. 18th St., Chicago
Tel: (312) 829-4757
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Editorial Review of Don Pedro Carnitas

Curiously, even though Don Pedro is a palace of all things porcine, the front door is flanked by a pair of angry horned bull heads. And while you can get a beef taco here, or a brain one for that matter, there's no question what you really want is pig.

If you need some convincing, step up to the counter and take a gander at the bay window in the front of this Pilsen storefront, which glistens with moisture from the steamy waft of roast pork. Just behind a mountain of crispy cracklins, you’ll find a basket of pork fat, skin, and salty melt-in-your-mouth flesh that you can buy from by the pound to make your own epic tacos.

Once you make your purchase, forge your way to the back, slink down in the vinyl-backed metal framed chairs, and pile your goods on fresh local tortillas and slather on one of the house salsas, either a piquant red or a fiery green housed in plastic squirt bottles. Squeeze a touch of lime and sprinkle with cilantro and onion, and after one bite of your taco, a mariachi lullaby will start playing in your head.

Average cost: <$10

Centerstage Reviewer: Michael Nagrant

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6 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 5 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday

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