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Best South Side Mexican Restaurant with vegetarian options

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El Faro
El Faro, Spanish for “the lighthouse,” is a beacon for South side vegetarians. Their menu offers many veggie options including flavored Tacos de Soya or Nopalitos (cactus) tacos. Their specialty dish, which even vegans can enjoy, is Tofu a la Mexicana: a plate of beans, rice, and scrambled tofu and hot peppers. Their hot sauce and spicy carrots complement any dish. And try one of their fresh fruit juices (like their Super Fruitas). When you see how large their portions are, you’ll walk out feeling like you can’t eat for the rest of the day.

El Faro, 3936 West 31st,  (773)277-1155,

Best of Chicago 2012

Best fried shrimp

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Troha’s Chicken and Shrimp House

Ever since the Southside Shrimp Shack closed, thus ending a post-Sox-watching chow tradition, we’ve longed for a suitable replacement. Troha’s golden-fried nuggets, a multi-generational labor of love in Little Village, are so good, we’re thinking of lobbying the Sox to pick up US Cellular Field and move west.

4151 W. 26th

Audience choice
Goose Island Shrimp House
1011 W. Division

Best of Chicago 2008