notes from the mexican kitchen

Xoco’s Real Deal Tacos Al Pastor

That chill in the air…the whiff of smoke…it can only mean one thing: it’s Tacos Al Pastor season at Xoco! Every Wednesday night starting at 5PM, at Xoco River North AND Xoco Wicker Park, our chefs layer sustainably raised, red chile-marinated pork on a spit, building a trompo, that turns in front of charcoal-fire.  The trompo’s funnel shape means the outer edges are first to caramelize and be carved off, and served with bits of charcoal-roasted pineapple, and tomatillo-avocado salsa, over handmade tortillas.  Xoco is one of the only restaurants in the city doing authentic tacos al pastor:  for the chefs, it’s a labor of love.  For everybody else, it’s just plain love. We hope to see you there.


  1. I’m a So-Cal kid born and raised currently living in Texas and trust me “Tex-Mex” isn’t what I’d call Mexican food! However I’ll be relocating to Chicago soon and I’ll admit that my expectations of Mr.Bayless restaurants are very high, now i don’t know much about fancy cuisine but i do know the text and measuring stick of a Great Taqueria is the Al Pastor !!!!! So to the good people at any of Rick’s restaurants i hope your up to the challenge.

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