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Devour tacos at Madison-favorite Taqueria Guadalajara

Craving a full plate of authentic, tasty Mexican food? Look no further than Taqueria Guadalajara. Located a quick bus ride away from campus on South Park Street, this cozy restaurant offers all you need for a feast, at an average college student’s price point.

Opt for a classic pick — tacos with onions, cilantro and lime — or go big with giant quesadillas, enchiladas de mole or the deep-fried chimichanga. Anything you pick is sure to satisfy (without breaking the bank). Spend $2 per taco, or amp it up with two tacos plus a healthy serving of rice and beans for $7. If that doesn’t sell you, the fact that everything on the menu is under $13 should.

Not only is the food wonderfully affordable, but it is also cooked to perfection. Start the meal with a basket of red and green tortilla chips (themed for the Mexican flag that adorns the walls) and salsa — but be warned, you will definitely ask for a refill of the crispy, salty chips and fresh dip. As much as you will want seconds, however, make sure to save room for the main attraction.

You cannot go wrong ordering anything on the menu. If you closed your eyes and pointed to a random item, you would most likely end up happily devouring the food. But, if you want a classic, authentic experience, the tacos are not to be missed. Agonize over which meat to try, or go for the vegetarian version, piled high with refried beans, lettuce, tomato, avocado and shredded cheese. Spritz some lime over the warm corn tortillas and take a bite. I promise, you will be back for more.

The final item of importance is timing — Taqueria Guadalajara is a Madison favorite, so the seats fill up fast. Be sure to arrive expecting a short wait. Once you’re seated, however, you will realize that the wait is worth it. 

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