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That Little Mexican Cafe

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$$ - $$$
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1010 Church St, Evanston, IL 60201
+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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Chicago, Illinois
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125 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love to eat here and enjoy their great food. If you are a sports fan, you can eat at the bar and enjoy college hoops this winter. That is what I do weekday evenings. The food is great, and the staff are caring and very attentive. They help you feel at home!

Thank Bruce N
basking ridge, nj
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258 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My daughter was in a play at NU and afterwards we drove into town, parked on Sheridan, and walked over. It is located near the train station. It was quite late and we were one of just three tables with people still eating. The chips and guacamole were excellent. I had a delicious dish of salmon steamed in a banana... More 

Thank suzyd43
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74 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped here for lunch. Everything was very fresh and good. Enchiladas were excellent. Great make your own tacos. Very fresh salads. The meat was absolutely grilled to perfection and everything tasted very so fresh. Good value. Cool south of the border decor. Recommended!

Thank Glenn A
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46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

We stopped here for lunch before going to a movie. Everything was very fresh and good. My husband had the enchiladas mole and loved it. I had two soft shelled chicken tacos. The meat was absolutely grilled to perfection and tasted so fresh. Extremely friendly staff, most accommodating and great food.

Thank LizBethob
Portland, Oregon
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

We have eaten at TLM a few times since our original review of 1/06. 2013 but decided to do take-out to our hotel nearby because we were pretty tired. My companion ordered her favorite chicken enchiladas with mole sauce while I opted for the chorizo and cheese chile rellenos. What was unfortunate was that the heavy rellenos were stacked ON... More 

Thank garydpdx
Evanston, Illinois
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

I love this place. My family and I have been coming here for years. They serve excellent classic mexican food. They tableside guacamole is fantastic!

Thank Lesli Z
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

I was in Evanston for work and had a craving for Mexican. Seeing as how the temperature was still not above freezing, I didn't want to walk too far. This was close to my hotel so I walked down. Everything about this place was just average...food, service, etc... I've had better...and worse.

Thank Mike N
Evanston, Illinois
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20 reviews
9 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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125 reviews
69 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Mexican, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, 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
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Evanston
  • Phone Number: +1 847-905-1550

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