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Hot Tamales

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493 Central Ave, Highland Park, IL 60035-2656
+1 847-433-4070
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
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Sun 16:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Sarasota, Florida
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3 reviews
Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

Grand Slam of a restaurant. Hand made Margueritas, awesome Duck Tacos!!!! Duck cooked to perfection, baked apples with a Jalapeño flavor... did I say Awesome? Don't hesitate coming here!!!

Thank Dan D
Chicago, Illinois
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106 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

The title says it all. Duck tacos are the reason to come here. Bring your pocketbook and leave the kids at home, because prices for kids' meals are atrocious. The duck tacos will run you close to $20 a plate, but worth it for the experience. They are prepared like carnitas, greasy and a bit crispy but tender. The margaritas... More 

Thank Flat_Earther
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51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

Have not been here for years but a good friend loves it. The chips were stale, the bottled Diet Coke was flat, and my wife's chicken was tough so she returned it and ordered a salad that was fair at best. What really got us was that the waiter charged us for both the dish my wife returned and the... More 

Thank dmgmd
Highland Park, Illinois
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55 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

Hot Tamales is a very good reliable restaurant. It has a unique menu that is fresh and of very good quality. Shrimp Tacos are wonderful. Service is generally very good but can be rushed. Don't order your main course until you are well into your appetizer for a well spaced meal.

Thank Schmooglet
North Barrington, Illinois, USA
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

Pricey. Lunch for 2 . No drinks was $40. I ordered ground beef tacos. Flour tortillas were fresh and warm. Meat too salty.

Thank Robiebot
Glencoe, Illinois
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61 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

OK drinks OK food decent service and a pleasant atmosphere but nothing really exceptional to write home about. portions while appearing generous are skimpy on ingredients that count. Too much sauce, ingredients of average quality and service seems annoyed at times. 3 of 5 is a fair assessment.

Thank CFR1967
Highland Park, Illinois
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101 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2016

The fact that there is a line most days is a great sign. The place is always hopping. The food was fabulous. The owner stopped at our table and we commented on the interesting takes on some dishes. He said he has influences from Eastern Europe, Mexico, Spain, and Jewish mother type cooking. Don't get me wrong, it is mostly... More 

Thank R0cky3
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 January 2016

Great food! Always consistent! Best margaritas ever! The guacamole and salsa are great too. This is for sure my "go to" Mexican restaurant. Love the outdoor seating in the summer.

Thank Amy B
Highland Park, Illinois
Level Contributor
1 review
Reviewed 23 October 2015

I went there with friends and it was very nice. Spanish ambiente music, niche staff and great service. Great quality and great taste. Nothing to add ;-)

Thank carmen_campo
Highland Park, Illinois
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40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2015

I have been going here for years and know previous and present owners. The food is excellent. There are specials during the week and the menu is ecclectic Mexican. There are some specialties that you won't find at other mexican restaurants.

Thank Richard R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 493 Central Ave, Highland Park, IL 60035-2656
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Lake County  >  Highland Park
  • Phone Number: +1 847-433-4070

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Burlington, Vermont
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?