Mrs. Arriaga, the mama responsible for the recipes slung at this way-west taqueria, would probably toss some pinto beans on the floor if she knew her daughters were charging happy meal prices for her Mexican delicacies.
Or maybe she's well aware, and proud of how charming it is that two Chicago sisters are taking their sweet time – 10 minutes minimum – to cook a chile relleno to the softness of an eggplant, allowing it to bathe like a conquistador in an open air bathhouse of roasted tomatoes.
In either case, those recipes rein king, with the daughters/sisters, Ana Bertha and Malena, always on hand to pick fresh arbol chiles to grind up into a smoky-malt salsa or stuff some enfrijolades with cured ham. For an even more special treat, join the Sunday morning crowds for a cacahuazintle (giant white kernel) corn-based stew called posole.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Gavin Paul