Pretty sure I’ll be disappointed by either, as having lived and traveled so extensively, just have become a fan of the “Americanized” version of these two foods.
But once and awhile, you run into a mom and pop, hole in the wall, mini-eatery where you can enjoy the most authentic dishes (as well as the aforementioned Americanized ones), and Taqueria Las Cumbres in Crystal Lake, is one such experience.
This is a very small restaurant (in terms of seating) but also seems to do a very brisk take-out business. It’s parked next to a Mexican style bakery on one of the main streets of downtown Crystal Lake, IL, a fairly white distant suburb of Chicago. Latino population has been growing over the last decade, and is currently estimated at about 12 % so there’s a market for “authentic.”
I was really happy with my meal, even tho is was a gringo-centric burrito. It was/they are huge tho, and I could only finish half of it at the restaurant.
I also enjoyed Mexican style corn-on-the cob, which is lathered with a mayo-cheese-chili pepper mix.
Complimentary chips and salsa for starters, and I’m confident both are made in house.
Tasty. Great value. Authentic dishes. Taqueria Las Cumbres
The menu is reproduced below, and is also online.