For the past eight years, Memo's Taco Mex has been bringing quality Mexican cuisine to Highland.
Memo's, which is located in Porte De Leau Plaza, is the brainchild of Guillermo (Memo) Munoz, who learned the art of preparing excellent Mexican cuisine from his mother. Munoz and his wife Martha run Memo's Taco Mex.
The restaurant is inspired by his parents Teresa and Carlos Martinez' former eatery Taco Mex, which they opened in Chicago's South Deering neighborhood in 1987. Locals knew that South Deering eatery first as The Hamburger Joint before it evolved into Taco Mex. Through the years, various members of the family ran the restaurant and it even closed for awhile.(This writer was recently informed that the South Deering Taco Mex, which Munoz is not involved with, has reopened).
During a past interview, Munoz said he began perfecting his cooking skills by preparing salsa which he'd watch his mother make.
"You learn a lot from observing," he said.
At Memo's, diners will find a variety of items, featuring everything from traditional tacos and tostadas to specialty tacos, burritos and other items such as panchas, which are large tortillas fried with enchilada sauce and stuffed with Chihuahua cheese and other ingredients. Luncheon specials, daily specials and a Kids Menu are also available.
The use of fresh ingredients are of utmost importance to Munoz and the staff of cooks at Memo's. And the staff, under Munoz' direction, is extremely creative with sauces and salsas.
"I want (diners) to know with Mexican food, it always tastes better when it's fresh," Munoz said. Everything from sauces to tamales are homemade on the premises.
Among popular items at Memo's are the crispy tacos, or dorados, ($2.65 for ground beef, chicken and chorizo and potatoes or $3.25 for shrimp); burritos ($7.50 for medium and $9.25 for large); and tamales ($1.50 for one, $5.99 for six or $12 for a dozen).
The small restaurant, which gets packed during lunch hours, seats 40 people.
Other items food fans will find on the menu include appetizers such as Totopos Supremo ($9.25), which are chips with beans, Chihuahua and cheddar cheese, sweet onions, jalapeno, ground beef or chicken, roasted red bell peppers and sour cream; Small Taquitos ($5.25 for three) and Fried Fresh Jalapenos (50 cents).
Guests won't go wrong by trying the lunch special (available until 2 p.m.) Cochinita Pibil, ($7.25), described as seasoned pork taquitos in a Achiote sauce. It's a flavorful dish available also as a platter ($12) for dinner.
In addition, diners will find Sopes ($3.99 or $2.85); Guisado de Puerco dinners ($11.25); Chile Relleno dinners ($11.75); Tortas, ($6.25 and $6.75), which are Mexican sandwiches; and Carne En Su Jugo ($8.85), advertised as "The soup that's a meal."
Breakfast is served at Memo's and popular dishes for breakfast fans are Huevos Rancheros ($6.99); Breakfast Burrito ($7.99) and Carne Asada Eye Opener ($10.99). Carry-out items are also available.
Don't hesitate to stop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner at Memo's Chances are, you won't be disappointed.
FYI: Memo's Taco Mex is located at 2128 45th St., Highland. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Closed Mondays. Call (219) 934-7300