Subway: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Sedgwick(312) 664-8277 laspinatas.com41.910719 -87.634866 1552 N Wells St (between Burton Pl and North Ave) Old Town, Chicago
Lunch, dinnerAverage main course: $10
Old Towners don’t care about all the authentic Mexican spots that are in their ’hood—their loyalty is to this sea-blue burrito-and-margarita shack (which, of course, is filled with more piñatas than you can, um, shake a stick at). The main ingredient here is cheese: it’s melted on most entrees, such as the sweet mole enchiladas (but not, thankfully, on the hearty chorizo tacos). Not everything here is tailored for the American palate, though: The salsa on the table packs a good amount of heat—the perfect pairing for one of the famous margaritas.