El Milagro Tortillas
These tortillas have been around Chicago since I could remember. We used to go to the El Milagro tortilleria to pick up a box for our family-owned grocery store. Not only are they the best tortilla in Chicago but the best overall bargain: you can buy them for as little as thirty-three cents a dozen. When relatives move away from Chicago to other states, the thing they most consistently ask for is El Milagro tortillas. Even when they move to the Southwest (which is closer to Mexico), they complain that they can’?t find a tortilla that compares. This is one of those things that is taken for granted and is never fully appreciated until one no longer has direct access to them. If you live in Chicago, these are always in abundance at any grocery store. At some stores they are delivered daily and you can get them while they are still warm. Make sure to reheat them on a hot comal or an iron griddle and use liberally as your daily bread.
3050 W. 26th, 773.579.6120; 1927 S. Blue Island, 312.421.7443, el-milagro.com
—Alberto Aguilar, artist (Art 50)
Best of Chicago 2015