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Picante’s Authentaco – Press and Reviews

On the vegetarian side, the huitlacoche quesadilla ($4.50) was a rich mouth-watering bomb oozing with gooey chihuahua cheese. Huitlacoche is sometimes disparagingly referred to as corn smut. This is not a new form of Internet porn, but rather a grayish fungus that grows on corn crops in very moist conditions. Foodies in the know call it the Mexican black truffle, which is also a little bit of a misnomer, as it has very little of the funkiness of a French or Italian truffle. It’s more like the very rich essence of a great mushroom crossed with the flavor of a fermented black bean.

Michael Nagrant, Red Eye, Chicago

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“Picante’s Authentaco Offers Late-Night, Handmade Tortillas” | ABC 7 Eyewitness News

“Mini-review: Authentaco” | RedEye

“Authentaco Is Felipe Caro’s New Restaurant in the Five-Cent Hamburger Building on Ashland” | Chicago Mag

“Cheat Sheet: Authentaco in Wicker Park” | Zagat Chicago

“And Now, Nine Haiku About a Taco Place” | Urban Daddy

“Authentaco- Ex E side of Ashland La Pasadita” | LTH Forum

“Corn Smut’ Quesadillas Offered at New Authentaco in East Village” | DNA Info

“Authentaco and More Now Open” | Chicago Eater

“AUTHENTICALLY TACO – AUTHENTACO 1141 N ASHLAND AVE, CHICAGO, IL” | Chicago Taco Talk