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Very Important Taco: Carnitas Taco

Cantina Mayahuel

Tucked away behind a nondescript black awning and a creaky screen door sits this tiny, charming cantina that’s been quietly serving one of the city’s best tequila and taco selections for nearly a decade. The carnitas is that perfect blend of salty, succulent shredded meat with crispy fried edges. It’s served the way it should be, simply, with onions, cilantro, and a drizzle of super-spicy salsa verde. Order on Tuesdays or during happy hour and the tacos come three to a plate for just $7. And no trip to Mayahuel would be complete with a sipper of tequila (ask the bartenders to help you choose one) and a plate of chips with fresh guacamole. Eat outside on the twinkle-lit patio, where there are stacks of Mexican blankets to keep you cozy.

2934 Adams Avenue, Normal Heights

Very Important Taco: Carnitas Taco

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