On to the tacos. As I’ve said before, I always try the steak and the al pastor (Mexican pork) tacos at any Mexican restaurant. In my mind, it’s the easiest baseline comparison for my taste buds. The grilled steak tacos ($3.50) had excellent consistency and grilled meaty flavor. My wife went with flour tortillas and cheese on hers, and the result was fantastic. Ditto on the Al Pastor, my favorite. The pork was tender and well-seasoned. On another visit I probably will just focus on these.
I strongly recommend you also try the fusion offerings. The Korean BBQ pork taco ($3.50) was flavorful and worked well with the mango salsa. I loved seeing a jerk chicken option and thoroughly enjoyed the spicy, forward-hitting flavor of the meat in a taco form ($3). Finally, as a fish taco fan, I had to try the Camaron (breaded shrimp) taco ($3.50). Huge, fresh, panko-crusted, with avocado and mango salsa, you can’t go wrong with this choice. You have plenty of choices for tacos in and around McHenry County. I say try them all, but if you want a more unique experience, at least to our area, visit El Cochino. From the atmosphere to the food quality and taste, this is one place that’s hit on what its owners set out to accomplish. Enjoy!
The bar is large, but table seating can be limited during busy evening hours, so give some extra time.
• Restaurant reviews are based on an anonymous visit. The Northwest Herald only publishes reviews of restaurants it recommends.
If you go
What: El Cochino
Where: 4580 W. Algonquin Road, Lake in the Hills
Hours: 4:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday; 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and 5 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday