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That Little Mexican Cafe

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1010 Church St, Evanston, IL 60201-3623
+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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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Tacos, steak quesadilla and big salad were good, fresh mexican food we ordered. Typical stuff but done well with courteous service.

Thank Cheri Miller H
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
1 review
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Little Mexican is one of our 'go-to' places. Last night we had the duck fajitas [fantastic! -- better duck than you find in many restaurants at triple the price], plus their wonderful, made-to-order guacamole. They have a great selection of excellent tequilas, and of course great margaritas. It has a warm, south of the border atmosphere, and it's never too... More 

Thank Belle979797
Evanston, Illinois
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396 reviews
238 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

OK, Taco Diablo has some great mexican food too. But that place is SO NOISY!!! It was a relief to return to That Little Mexican Cafe again. Great margaritas and chips. Probably still the best guacamole bar around. Entrees quite good...and if you're feeling not that hungry and willing to save a bit, you can order a la carte and... More 

Thank jaz79h
Chicago, Illinois
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129 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

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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259 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

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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88 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

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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52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 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
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
Reviewed 21 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
Reviewed 21 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

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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
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, 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 60201-3623
  • 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?