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Family Of Former El Norte Restaurant Open New Mexican Eatery In Edgewater

When El Norte restaurant at Ridge and Broadway closed six years ago, it left a void for Mexican food to many of its loyal patrons. But now the niece and nephew of the El Norte owners have opened their own authentic Mexican eatery less than a block away from the old location.

The new Edgewater Tacos is promising to take over where El Norte left off and according to the Yelp reviews, they are on the right track. Taking over the old Apart Pizza space at 5624 N. Broadway, the restaurant opened their doors just over a week ago, and sibling owners Patricia and Joseph Guerrero are ready to continue their family’s tradition of serving up tasty Mexican food.

The Guerrero’s completed necessary maintenance and fixed-up the interior of the 1000 sq. ft. space. Because the business only fits about 10-12 people inside, emphasis will be on carry-out of traditional-style dishes. However, plans are in the works to add outdoor seating for the warmer months.

The brother-sister duo grew up in Edgewater, in fact their father opened Durango Mexican Restaurant at 1130 W. Thorndale in the eighties. He continued to run the family business for 10 years until his health forced him to close it. But the restaurant business was in the Guerrero’s blood, and it only seemed right to open the family’s next joint right here in Edgewater.

“We were both born and raised in Edgewater and my parents lived on Magnolia for 60 years,” said Patricia. “It’s amazing to give back to the community we grew up in.”

The menu at Edgewater Tacos has all the traditional favorites as one would expect including burritos, chimichangas, tortas and of course – tacos. According to the Guerreros, what helps them stand-out is secret family recipes that have been passed down through their family.

According to them, all the food is made in small quantities with fresh, premium-quality ingredients. The main secret though is that everything is marinated for at least 24 hours in their special blend of spices. This includes their specialty dish – al pastor, which they describe as a Mexican-style BBQ pork in a special sauce that is sautéed with pineapple.

“Edgewater needed authentic Mexican food and that is what we are offering,” Patricia added. “It is homemade food from our family’s recipes. Everything we make here is something that was distilled in us at a very young age.”

Edgewater Tacos is open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. In addition there is a walk-up, express take-out window which they are considering keeping open later with a limited menu for the night crowd.

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