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Nacional 27 (Updated Review): Don’t Mock the Mini Tacos

Pan-Latin may be a cuisine fad of the past, but the food at River North’s salsa spot is still as tasty as ever.

Mini tacos at Nacional 27   Photo: Anjali Pinto

Pan-Latin’s day has come and gone, but Nacional 27 soldiers on, slinging Mojitos and tiny tacos (with crispy shells!) like it’s 1998. At 11 p.m. on the weekends, dancers descend. Until then, you can feast on a handsome hunk of short rib in ancho chili sauce or fork-tender suckling pig over mashed boniato.

Giggle at the mini tacos if you like, but you’ll gobble them up all the same. Finish with a tres leches cake, and you might ask yourself why that marvelous confection has yet to make the jump to mainstream ubiquity. Who’s ahead of the curve now?

Dishes We Liked: N27 mojito ($11), El Corazon margarita ($14), tiny tacos with shrimp and scallops ($4.95), grilled salmon ($19.95), grouper huachinango ($22.95), pumpkin flan ($6.50)

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