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Mexican, Latin
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Reviewed August 27, 2019

Convenient. Laid back. Creative tequilas and wines. The menu is very tempting. I live within walking distance so I decided to try it out on a Sunday evening in August. The menu seemed very "spot on" for urban mexican. I had looked up the menu...prior to walking over and decided on the Pozole Verde and Eltoes. To top it off I had a "La Principal Margarita" on the rocks. Being a transplanted Tejano, I am a harsh judge of Mexican restaurants. These guys are legit! I will definitely return for the Red Pozole...and another tequila libation. !Que bueno!More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed May 20, 2019

The heavy rain pushed us into this lovely restaurant which does not look like Mexican at all from outside. This happy coincidence made us discover their amazing margaritas (hibiscus-infused Jamaican margarita anyone?) and food. Now why 4 stars, but not 5. Two reasons, they should...not do vegetarian options, they were not good at all. Tortured tofu is not vegetarian food guys. Also the portions in general are small but the margaritas were simply two sips. You don't serve margarita that small and that much of ice... Also you expect to have some nachos as soon as you are seated in any Mexican restaurant and nibble it with your margaritas or beers while waiting for your food. Anyway, it was a great and surprising experience. I'd definitely go back there; order Chips'N Guacamole (was amazing; made to order) with some beer from their good selection (no margaritas with those tiny glasses) then all non-vegan tacos and forget about the rest of the world...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed May 7, 2019 via mobile

I can’t get enough of these tacos. A comfortable bar and happy hour with local beers, nice margaritas and great food. If you’re passing by in morning, you can kick off the day with a coffee and a churro, which the sell out of a...walkup window. How awesome is that? Love this placeMore

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed April 13, 2019 via mobile

Great authentican Mexican food. Their Margaritas are delicious. You must order queso fundido; it's scrumptious.

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed January 6, 2019 via mobile

I love this place. The tacos are wonderful. I shop around because I love them all. My daughter always gets the fish taco because she loves it so much she can't NOT get it. The posoles are wonderful warm stews that I can't get enough...of. Good selection of local craft beers. Excellent, knowledgeable and fun servers. Their homemade hot sauces allow you to choose your heat level. Casual atmosphere. No complaints here!More

Date of visit: December 2018
Reviewed October 2, 2018

I'm rarely at a loss for what to order when dining out. I did at La Principal. This is a well-known establishment and if you enjoy authentic and very spicy food with a limited menu this is for you. If not, move on. Their house...margarita comes only one way, not frozen and the traditional flavorings. It's ok. The waiter will help guide you through the limited choices but I quickly learned everyone's idea of spicy is different no matter how much you explain. It is often crowded and relatively small. Not a place for long conversation. Tables are very close but others swear by this place. I'm just not one of them.More

Date of visit: October 2018
Reviewed August 11, 2018

This is my new favorite Taco restaurant in The North Shore area. Taco Al Pastor and Carnitas are the best. Wide variety of beers and Tequila. The Pumpkin Flan for dessert is delicious.

Date of visit: April 2018
Reviewed June 17, 2018

They have a smaller menu of appetizers, tacos, and tortas. The tacos we had were some of the best tacos we have ever had. The guacamole was alright, missing a little extra flavor. They have a good drink selection. If we are in Evanston again,...we would definitely stop in for lunch or dinner again.More

Date of visit: June 2018
Reviewed June 10, 2018

Ate here several times while living in Evanston. By far, my favorite Mexican cuisine in Evanston. Mostly authentic, I've tried almost everything but the chicken torta and short rib tacos are a must. Good cocktails, too.

Date of visit: July 2017
Reviewed January 20, 2018 via mobile

I had an evening board meeting and we needed a quick dinner. This place was a great surprise. Easy parking, wonderful service and the best taco special I have ever had. The short rib mole taco was the best! The happy hour lasts for a...few hours and is an amazing value! We will be back.More

Date of visit: January 2018
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  • Yes, La Principal offers takeout services.

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  • La Principal is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4
    • Value: 4