An off-key night at Rockin’ Taco

Rockin' Taco

Tacos, tagged.

My first, and probably only stop, at Rockin’ Taco was a spectacular disappointment. I walked in hoping to place a quick grab-and-go order, but spent a painful forty minutes waiting for a burrito. Why painful? Like most people, I hate waiting for food when I’m hungry. However, it was particularly hard when I had to listen to sighing, grumpy staff complain about how busy they were (in an empty restaurant), grumble at each other about how no prep work was done, randomly stop everything to talk to girlfriends about how busy they were, and watch as they took smoke breaks to deal with the stress of so much work. Every place can have an off night, but I haven’t been somewhere so determined to have so much of it in front of customers.

California Burrito & Fajita Taco | Rockin' Taco

California Burrito & a Fajita

Feed me well and I tend to forgive and forget, but Rockin’ Taco couldn’t get that part right, either. The fresh-made chips weren’t fried completely and came out chewy and disgusting. I threw them out along with the watery salsa and unremarkable guacamole. The burrito that I waited forty minutes for was an unseasoned, bland, brown tube of what I assume was beans and rice. If I had stayed to eat my meal at the restaurant, I would have heaved it over the counter at the entitled twits occupying space in the kitchen.

Rockin' Taco

A hopping night at Rockin' Taco?

I try to give restaurants two or three tries, especially if I had a bad experience. But Rockin’ Taco? I don’t think it’s worth an encore. There are too many places making this same food faster, better, cheaper and doing it with staff who at least pretend to like their jobs. Skip this house of rock.

Rockin’ Taco
1467 West Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL 60613-1922
(773) 975-8226

  1. Karen B. left a comment on April 7, 2011 at 2:01 am

    Sounds perfectly awful. Thanks for the candid review. Any food that should be a quick prep like this but comes out like a “brown tube” should be avoided.

  2. Tammy left a comment on April 7, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    It was the huffy attitudes that really got to me. I kept suppressing the urge to tell the kids running the place to Get. Off. My. Lawn. Any place that makes me feel old and grumpy should be avoided.

    Plus, the food sucked.

  3. md left a comment on April 13, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Agreed. The most disgusting burrito Ive ever had(and ive has ome bad ones). total MUSH. and not cheap either!

  4. crotchbat left a comment on April 26, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    I had a crappy meal there not too long ago – barely passable “Mexican” grub. There’s just no excuse for mediocre Mexican food in Chicago.

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