Yes, we’ve done tacos before and, yes, we have plenty of excellent choices in McHenry County. Even so, El Cochino Taco and Tequila Bar in Lake in the Hills sets itself apart in a number of ways.
After many years of consistent success next door at Bistro Wasabi, partners Peter Rim, Jino Kim and Jeffrey Dunham opened El Cochino almost a year ago. It’s hard to have street presence along the Algonquin and Randall Road corridor, but it certainly helps to neighbor an already well-visited establishment. The interior of El Cochino has the rustic-urban vibe of any large urban center. That’s precisely the quality co-owner Rim was going for, inspired by his Chicago roots. The space feels upscale, but is tempered by the simple, casual way the food is served. The narrow space works, with its huge bar and open kitchen along one wall and a line of booths along the other. Come for the food or come for tequila (or both), and you’ll enjoy the setting, guaranteed.