Del Toro – Pilsen, Chicago

Greetings!  I hope you all enjoyed Taco Tuesday as I did.  I took my mass transit-loving butt over to Del Toro in Pilsen.


Del Toro in Pilsen


Del Toro is just 3 blocks north of

the Halsted ‘L’ stop along the CTA Orange Line.  The #8 Halsted bus will take you right there as well.



Halsted 'L' stop near Del Toro




Halsted 'L' stop near Del Toro




This is a wonderful restaurant which is owned and run by brothers Everardo and Andres Garcia. They were born and raised in Pilsen.  I love that they decided to keep their passion for great food in their own neighborhood.


Del Toro’s menu consists of several different tacos, tortas, burritos, quesadillas housemade guacamole and more.  What’s that you ask?  You want some libations?  They have a great signature margarita list, an extensive premium tequila selection, a house tequila, mojitos, sangria, craft beer and more.  There are daily drink specials as well.  


Here’s how my dinner went down:

I ordered the carne asada taco with pico de gallo, the puerco (pork) adobado taco with adobe chili paste, cliantro/onion and the grilled shrimp taco with pico de gallo.  All three tacos were extremely well seasoned and satisfying and the tomatillo sauce that came with them was terrific, too.



Del Toro's tacos

Carne asada, pork and grilled shrimp tacos at Del Toro



Shrimp taco at Del Toro

Grilled shrimp taco at Del Taco



While I enjoy the creative tacos which many taquerias around Chicago are offering, nothing beats the very traditional tacos at Del Toro.  These are the very same type of tacos I ate regularly back in NYC where I lived until 10 years ago.  I love this place! 




Del Toro's grilled shrimp taco

Grilled shrimp taco with pico de gallo




I washed it all down with this beautiful Passion fruit margarita which was made with Del Toro’s house tequila.  If you are not interested in the signature margaritas on menu, you can create your own from any of the premium and reserve tequilas they offer.




Del Toro's margarita

Passion fruit margarita with house tequila




It was so nice to see Del Toro packed on a Tuesday night.  There is seating at the bar which is where I ate.  High tops line the wall opposite the bar and there is more seating near the back of the space.  There is a communal table near the front window with a view out to Halsted Street.  




Del Toro's communal seating

These ladies were celebrating a birthday as well as Taco Tuesday 🙂



Del Toro is a friendly and comfortable neighborhood spot which is serving up great food and I will be back soon to try their hamburger which looked and smelled pretty amazing (research for my year-end “Top 5 Burgers in Chicago” list).  


Also, I have my eye on The Horchata cocktail which is made with Rumchata rum, spiced rum and cinnamon sugar.  And, bonus!  This place serves the legendary and drool-worthy tres leches cake and chocolate flan cake from neighbor, Kristoffer’s Bakery.  This last bit is reason enough to stop by 🙂


Del Toro is located at 2133 S. Halsted St.  It is open for Tuesday – Saturday from 5pm – 2am.  

In keeping with the spirit of Feeding Off The Rails, I encourage you to leave your car at home and take the CTA Orange Line or #8 Halsted bus to Del Toro.  Save on gas. Avoid traffic, road rage and parking.  Reduce pollution. Don’t drink and drive! 

Looking for other great taco spots in Chicago?  Check out Antique Taco, Velvet Taco, Belly Shack, Bar Takito and El Hefe Supermacho Taqueria.