Tallboy Taco is a new taco joint brought to you by Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises and located in what used to be the bar of Nacional 27 in the River North neighborhood of Chicago. While the space has been updated a bit with a new coat of black paint and new seating, the large central bar remains, perfect for ordering a delicious and strong margarita, and grabbing some chips and salsa from the self-serve salsa bar.
The menu at Tallboy Taco is well-edited and designed for a quick lunch, happy hour, or late night snack. Eight types of tacos served on house-made tortillas are available, including fish, chicken, brisket, pastor, carnitas, carne asada, chorizo, and avocado. Starters include guacamole (mild or spicy), the aforementioned chips and salsa, as well as a salad and fundido. Three dessert offerings are also available. Drinks include beer, cocktails, tequilas, and agua frescas.
I ordered the margarita, prepared with Corazón tequila, Brugal anejo, Cointreau, and lime, with a salted rim. It was strong and delicious, and went down way too easily.
On my visit, we started with a sampling of salsas from the salsa bar, as well as the spicy guacamole. The salsas were all quite flavorful, but surprisingly found none to be spicy. However, that may be because the guacamole was truly spicy, thanks to the generous serving of jalapeno peppers mixed in.
The guacamole was fantastic, and made even better with an extra squeeze of lime. The tortilla chips were hefty enough to withstand the weight of the guacamole and were completely addictive.
I then tried the beer-battered crispy fish taco, as well as the chorizo con rajas taco, in which I subbed avocado for the chorizo at the recommendation of our thoughtful server. The fish taco was excellent. The beer-battered tilapia was extremely fresh and flaky, and the pico de gallo and lime offered a perfect acidic element. The avocado con rajas taco may have been even better, thanks to the roasted poblano peppers, carmelized onions, and queso. The flavors were incredible and I gobbled it right up.
My friend also really enjoyed the pork al pastor taco, with marinated pork shoulder, onions, and lime, made extra special with the addition of pineapple.
When reviewing the menu, my eyes were much bigger than my stomach, but luckily our wise server recommended that we order two tacos each to go along with our salsa and guacamole, rather than three, and it ended up being the perfect amount of food.
Overall, I enjoyed everything about Tallboy Taco, from the casual and relaxed atmosphere, to the food and drinks, and the reasonable prices. Tallboy Taco is now my River North guacamole, taco and margarita go-to.
Lunch at Tallboy Taco is counter service and is served Monday through Friday, and dinner, which is full-service, is served Monday through Saturday. Reservations are not necessary.
325 West Huron, Chicago, IL 60654