If you thought the city was the only place to find a good hole-in-the-wall Mexican joint, think again. Westmont's Taco Express can join the list of cheap Mexican eats that taste good (even when you're sober). With its countertop horchata machines and cheesy Mexican decor, Taco Express serves up some of the best fast food in the 'burbs. As many burrito connoisseurs know, the nondescript, no-frill Mexican kitchens are often the most satisfying scores.
But then again, if you've experienced the microwave fiesta I recently endured at a similar spot, the first visit is always a roll of the dice. At Taco Express, a busy grill behind the counter offered some initial reassurance. The fast and efficient service proved the restaurant's name is more than just a reference to its proximity to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Line. For commuters who frequent the Metra, Taco Express is literally a stone's throw from the Westmont depot.
The portions are huge. It can be a struggle to finish the mammoth $4 burritos. Tacos are about $2 a piece and are chock full of meat. But Taco Express' best bets are the lunch ($5-$6) and dinner ($7-$8) meals. Each entrée choice (tacos, chile rellenos, fajitas, quesadillas, etc.) comes with rice and beans on the side. The green sauce is killer, so make sure to load up on extra little plastic salsa cups. Taco Express has a small dining room, but the place does a lot of carry-out orders and also offers free delivery.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Jim Collins