For the past eight years, Guadalajara-native Ramon Becerra has run a full-fledged taqueria from a converted house off South Park Avenue. The brick building that houses Maico is mostly a patio, decorated with wooden tables and potted plants. Most days you'll find Ramon's son, Ramon Jr., working the counter. Ask him what his favorite is, and he'll say the chicken taco ...
I got three: A battered fish taco, the standard crispy chicken taco with shredded lettuce and a pork adobada taco on corn tortillas. The style is like a saucier al pastor, with a spice mix of chile, oregano, cloves, garlic and more. This one also had soft chunks of onions, almost caramelized, that gave it a savory hit. I usually order adobada through the drive-thru window at about 2 a.m. But as it turns out, it also makes a great lunch!
Weird fact: I took several coworkers over here during a power outage in the Star newsroom. Thank goodness it's right down the street!
Locations: 835 E. 22nd St.
Hours: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays
Payment: accepts debit and credit cards