New Year’s Day can be a tricky time to find someplace to eat in the city. Many restaurants close for the holiday, or have limited hours. We knew we’d be in the Lincoln Square neighborhood, as we had plans to see a movie at the Davis Theatre. A friend of ours recommended Garcia’s, a Mexican restaurant at the intersection of Western and Lincoln. We went in around 3 pm on New Year’s Day and were seated right away. The restaurant is huge, with a large number of tables. We were pleasantly surprised at how cheap everything is! The prices are so reasonable and the menu has a huge selection. After looking at the drink menu, I couldn’t resist ordering a margarita (it was only $7!). I ordered mine on the rocks with salt. It was giant and so tasty! I couldn’t believe it was such a steal. I was overwhelmed by the giant menu, I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to order. My boyfriend is much more decisive than I am and he chose the Carne Asada burrito: skirt steak, beans, lettuce, tomato, onion, and cheese. The burrito was very sizable and was packed full of steak. He also asked for a small bowl of green salsa on the side, which was deliciously spicy. I was pretty hungry and decided on the three taco dinner. I ordered one chorizo taco, one Chile relleno taco, and one al pastor taco. This was gigantic! I could easily have done with the two taco dinner, or even just two tacos a la carte. But man oh man, was it delicious! I have never had a Chile relleno taco, so it was really fun to try something totally new. The pepper was giant and both stuffed and smothered in cheese. The chorizo taco was my favorite! The chorizo was so spicy, perfectly complemented by the fresh and crunchy veggie toppings. By the time I got to the al pastor, I was so full, I couldn’t finish. But the meat was wonderfully spiced and I love pineapple on my tacos, so I was pleased. Overall, Garcia’s was a fantastic meal (and a great deal!). We will definitely be back!
Garcia’s is open Mondays through Thursdays from 10 am to 1 am, Fridays from 10 am to 3 am, Saturdays from 10 am to 4 am, and Sundays from 10 am to 12 am. They are also available for take-out and do take reservations.
RACHEL HOOVLER & DEAN’S TEAM CHICAGO