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Taqueria Traspasada

View Map3144 N. California Ave., Chicago
Tel: (773) 539-4533
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Editorial Review of Taqueria Traspasada

Feeling like a quick burrito or taco to go? What about a late-night, after-bars enchilada plate? This Avondale Mexican eatery's got your back. Opening early and closing late, Restaurant Traspasada has the speedy service you're looking for and the prices that won’t have you digging too deep in your pocket.

Traspasada boasts a full menu of Mexican fare, ranging from steak tacos and shrimp fajitas to birria (goat soup), chorizo burritos and ceviche. A full meal can be had for less than $10, and with a hefty array of Mexican favorites, chances are you'll find a dish to please your palate. There's a long list of tacos full of any meat you could want (chicken, pork, barbacoa, beef tongue, brain and head, tripe) for $1.65-$2.30. The seafood selections are plentiful with tilapia, snapper and shrimp, while the platillos portion includes plates like steak with tree pepper sauce ($7.95), chicken fajitas ($10) and stuffed peppers ($8). There’s also a variety of tortas ($4.25-$5) and burritos ($5-$5.75).

The restaurant serves $5.45 breakfast dishes (ham and eggs, chorizo and eggs, chilaquiles) along with a couple of desserts and a slew of beverages such as Mexican sodas, beer and aguas frescas. It's cash only here, but if you’re empty handed, you’ll be happy to know there’s an ATM inside.

With most people popping in and out with a sack of food rather than dining in, the atmosphere at Restaurant Traspasada is most likely not at the top of the priority list. Though there is adequate seating (seven booths and three white plastic tables), the decor is nothing to brag about with a couple of fake trees, two small TVs blaring Spanish music videos, wood paneling and some paintings on the wall. If all you desire, however, is a plate of nachos or a giant chimichanga, furnishings are probably at the bottom or your priority list, too.

Average cost: $10-$20

Centerstage Reviewer: Katie Piepel

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9 a.m.-1 a.m. Sunday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday

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