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That Little Mexican Cafe

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1010 Church St, Evanston, IL 60201-3623
+1 847-905-1550
11:00 - 21:30
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:30
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Evanston, Illinois
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Since I moved here from CA 18 months ago, my cravings for delicious authentic Mexican cuisine has been satiated by frequent visits to That Little Mexican Cafe on Church Street in Evanston, The weekly buffet is fantastic: innovative dishes like chorizo & eggs, lots of fresh vegetarian options, and a superb flan.

Thank Orgiva9
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Our ,sat. Is it was a couple of years ago and it was a disaster. There was some sort of problem in the kitchen, orders got missed or mixed up, and we left without eating. We thought we'd give it another try. Sadly, the improvement was only marginal. On the plus side, we did eat. But on the minus side... More 

Thank EkimEvanston
Chicago, Illinois
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120 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

I truly enjoy eating at That Little Mexican Cafe in Evanston. Sunday afternoon/evening is a good time since it is not quite as busy. I am treated like family there. Start out with chips and salsa and then order from their authentic Mexican cuisine. I ate Chipotle shrimp this time, but I also enjoy chicken enchiladas, the Azteca salad, tilapia,... More 

Thank Bruce N
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Reliably good food. Service is good, too. Their margaritas and table-side prepared guacamole are highlights for us. Parking available nearby.

Thank James J
Chicago, Illinois
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83 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

First let's talke about the lunch buffet every day except Saturday. It is comprehensive and delicious often including fresh tamales, poached salmon, chicken tinga, eggs, chorizo, sometimes enchiladas, beautiful salads, fruit, flautas, quesadillas, guac, and all the accoutrements you wish for. In particular I live for their green salad dressing, it is cilantro/lime/a little heat, wow! its good on everything!... More 

Thank mcmousee
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51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

Always good food. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. I like the cream cheese stuffed jalapeno peppers.

Thank jeannem80
Northbrook, Illinois
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

I had heard good things about That Little Mexican Cafe so my daughter and I tried it out on a weeknight. It's a cute place we really wanted to put on our list of regular haunts. It wasn't busy, so we were a little surprised at how long it took to get menus and chips, although our waitress was very... More 

Thank NBKFamilyOfFour
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

My friends and I stopped here for dinner one night, and we ordered a wide selection of the different foods. Everything was good--not great--but tasty. The rice and beans weren't fantastic, so I'd recommend ordering burritos/tacos/etc a la carte--it's a much cheaper price. The service was a bit slow, but the waitress was very nice and friendly. If you stop... More 

Thank Meaghan B
Chicago, Illinois
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120 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

That Little Mexican Cafe is an outstanding Mexican restaurant with many excellent dishses--fajitas, salmon salad, Azteca salad, chicken enchiladas, etc. The food is moderately priced, and the service is superior.

Thank Bruce N
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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305 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016

When a restaurant has a big menu, it is great to be able to taste a variety of things from the buffet. It was all good and included chicken, salmon, guacamole, quesadillas plus soup, salads and many more choices.

Thank Susan S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1010 Church St, Evanston, IL 60201-3623
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Evanston
  • Phone Number: +1 847-905-1550

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?