Dallas and I have always wished that our closest taqueria, Taqueria Moran, was open late nights. It closes up at 9, which is way too early, in our opinions. We recently noticed that one of the taquerias around the corner, 2 Amigos, is open until 2 am on Fridays and Saturday and until midnight other days, so we decided to check it out one night.
The atmosphere at 2 Amigos* is still very casual, but did seem to be going for a more upscale feel than Taqueria Moran. It felt more festive, where Moran is a quick, sit and go place. 2 Amigos was pretty busy, I’ll give them that, but the service was taking forrrreveerrrrr. I got the fajitas. They were pretty good, but the beans were definitely not as good as Moran. If you know me, then you know that beans are one of my favorite parts. Deal breaker? I think 2 Amigos is a good spot for late night, but if Moran is open we’d definitely go there first.
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September 24th, 2012 · No Comments
After the Nintendo Wii U event, we boarded a bus that took us down Sunset Boulevard a little farther to Pink Taco. I wasn’t sure what to expect here. I thought it might be some garish, cheesy place, with a name like Pink Taco, but I was actually pleasantly surprised. We had our own space up on the 2nd floor and the drinks and food were surprisingly good. I had a margarita called The Cock Fight that had Avion Blanco tequila, agave nectar, fresh lime juice, fresh seasonal fruit and organic cucumber, all muddled, shaken and served over ice. It was so refreshing. Waitstaff came around with many different kinds of mexican appetizers. The decor did have a certain look, but I kind of liked it. I got to visit more with the ladies I hung around with at the Wii U event and then after a few hours I was so exhausted, I just went back to the hotel. Fun, fun day/night.
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Last Friday Dallas and some friends went to check out Emporium Arcade Bar, but it was super packed, he said. Trevor mistakenly bought $20 worth of tokens (you put in the machine instead of quarters, though they still only cost a quarter), but Dallas only needed one. He put one token in the Street Fighter 2 and then beat every person who walked up to challenge him. After a while he just gave up!
We went back to Emporium Arcade on Sunday to check it out and it was not packed at all. During the day the bar was bright and pretty. Lots of nice wood. The arcade games line the walls and there was plenty of seating for our small group. Trevor had given us his $20 worth of tokens, so we had plenty of gameplay. I checked out Double Dragon, Rampage, and of course Tetris. I remembered all of these from when I was young. Dallas played a bit of Street Fighter 2, but was disappointed that there was no one there to challenge him! He was up for some more butt kicking.
The arcade doesn’t have a kitchen, but you can bring in whatever you want. One of Dallas’s friends showed up with tacos and said he got them two doors down. I assumed it was some old taqueria, but when I headed over, the “taqueria” was Antique Taco, a new restaurant I’d read about that had just opened a month or so ago. So, yay. I got to try two new things in one day, and both of them were great.
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I have spent a lot of time at O’Hare this year and my preferred airline is American. One thing I am loving is that Rick Bayless has a restaurant, Tortas Frontera by Rick Bayless, nearby the American gates at O’Hare. The tortas are great, and I don’t mean “great for airport food.” They’re so good! Once I was traveling in the morning and got the yogurt and that was good too! The only thing I was disappointed with on any of my visits was that once I got a side of guacamole for $2 and it was literally like 2 tablespoons of guacamole. I thought that was quite a rip off, especially since I’d just been to Mexico where you get a whole plate for not much more money than that! Otherwise, everything I’ve ever had was excellent.
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