Restaurant Review – Antique Taco


Wicker Park is an explosion of restaurants and bars, making it one of the hottest food neighborhoods in Chicago. After a matinee at a theatre nearby, a group of us stumbled into Antique Taco. We started with two classic appetizers: guacamole and queso. They’ve definitely put their own spin on queso, adding fresh cream, hot chiles, and pickled jalapeños. The guacamole was delicious, spiced well with onion, lime juice, and jalapeño. Tacos come in sets of two, so my friend and I each ordered a different kind. I ordered the Sweet & Spicy Chicken: grilled chicken, yogurt, cucumber, jalapeño, pink onion, and mint. The yogurt cooled the spicy peppers and the crunchy cucumber was delicious with the grilled chicken. We also ordered the Garlic Shrimp tacos: white shrimp, elote style cauliflower, basil and avocado salsa, and fried kale. The cauliflower was the real star of this dish. It was seasoned to perfection, spicy and robust. I am not normally a kale aficionado, but Antique’s treatment was quite good.

Located at 1360 Milwaukee Ave., Antique Taco has a spacious inside, as well as an outdoor patio. Hours are as follows: closed on Mondays, open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 11:30 am to 10 pm, open Fridays and Saturdays from 11:30 am to 11 pm, and open Sundays from 11:30 am to 8 pm. They have two other locations, one in Bridgeport and one at the Revival Food Hall. You can find information about their other locations, catering, and ordering online here, on their website.