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Tio Luis

View Map3856 S. Archer Ave., Chicago
Tel: (773) 843-0098
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Editorial Review of Tio Luis

If you roll down Archer too fast, you might miss the small house that's been converted into a Southside taqueria. Once inside you'll sidle into red melamine booths, the kind you'd find at an old KFC, and chow down under a glass mural of a sombrero-topped Rhett Butler swooning with a Latina Scarlett. The walls are riddled with a complement of sepia-toned movie stills, and the counters are lined with ornamental ceramic tile; the main dining room wall features a rustic mural depicting a pastoral scene in Mexico.

The complimentary tomato salsa is smoky and the nacho chips are freshly deep-fried with a corn masa perfume. The steak taco, which has tender bits of lightly charred and heartily seasoned carne asada, is served in a grilled corn envelope dotted with herby cilantro. The tabletop escabeche, or Mexican-style giardiniera, heats things up for fire-loving palates. Tacos Al Pastor, or shepherd-style pork tacos, have a vinegary tang and the perfume of oregano.

Average cost: $10-$20

Centerstage Reviewer: Michael Nagrant

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8 a.m.-11 p.m. daily

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