Las Gorditas de Don Angel
Flavors of Mexican street food, fresh and spicy in downtown Elgin
Family recipes play a key role in the menu at Las Gorditas de Don Angel, 165 E Highland Ave, Elgin (847 468-0330), says Jazmin Chacon, owner of the new Mexican restaurant.
“I learned from my parents who opened a restaurant with the same name in Cicero 13 years ago,” says the ambitious 23-year-old Chacon.
A gordita resembles a thick corn tortilla stuffed with meat, cheese, eggs, cactus and other fillings. Of the more than 20 versions in Chacon’s repertoire, the most popular gorditas include one stuffed with poblano peppers and another with pork in a red salsa, says Chacon. Stuffed gorditas go for $1.90 apiece with one exception: gorditas stuffed with dried hot peppers imported from Mexico are priced at $2.25.
Las Gorditas de Don Angel is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. No alcohol is served.
The venue has a seating capacity of 88, and Chacon describes the carryout business as brisk.Edit Module