We've been waiting for Big Star's runaway success to spawn other bars with an upscale take on tacos, and one opened earlier this month without a lot of fanfare. Bullhead Cantina is in Humboldt Park, down around Feed and Rootstock on California, and in outline it fits the profile to a T: behind the bar you've got an impressive range of whiskies, in the kitchen they're making tacos on housemade corn tortillas, most easily ordered in "The Twenty Twelve Twelve Taco Sampler," which is, wait for it... $12 on Thursdays as a special ($19 the rest of the week). There are other things to have besides tacos, but that sure looks to be where to start; the full menu is below.
All of our Veggie options do not contain chix stock, lard or any animal products, guaranteed!!! All Tacos served on Handmade corn tortillas. $3 each
Aged in a homemade rub topped with pickled cabbage, grilled tomato, red onion,cheese and sour cream.
Marinated pork served with diced grilled pineapple, pickled cabbage with cucumbers and a savory chile sauce.
Beer Grilled Chicken
Tossed in PBR beer and lime served with lettuce, tomato, sour cream and a chimichuri sauce.
Grilled gypsy pepper, yellow squash, zucchini, red onion, lettuce and tomato topped with sour cream and cheese.
Slow cooked in banana leaves and fried, served with cilantro, onion, and drunken salsa.
Bullhead Taco Special
Choose any 3 from the taco list to be served with 12 handmade tortillas, grilled veggies, lettuce, sour cream and salsa. Serves 2-3 people, $19
Slow Roasted Brisket
With a dry rub grilled poblano ,pickled cabbage, mntry jack cheese and topped with a roasted chile sauce.
With a tamarind and bourbon glaze, served with a reduced tomato sauce, cucumber, sour cream and lettuce.
Taco de Avocado
Charred tomato, gypsy pepper,lettuce, grilled onion, topped with cheese and a roasted chile sour cream.
Southern Fried Chicken Taco
With lettuce,tomatoes, cabbage and mntry jack cheese topped with a smoked chipotle chile sauce.
Pulled BBQ Pork
With a rich smoky chipotle bbq sauce topped with pickled cabbage, tomato, sliced cucumbers and sour cream.
Marinated Grilled Portabello
With avocado, grilled red onion, roasted corn, rustic tomato sauce and finished with sour cream.
Grilled Sweet Potato
With pickled cabbage, grilled red onion, roasted corn and finished with a creamy lime and avocado mix.
Tossed in a citrus reduction with grilled red onion,tomato, lettuce, cucumber, chile powder and shredded cheese.
Chopped Salad $6
With lettuce,tomatoes,grilled onions, portabello, shredded cheese and roasted corn, tossed in a house vinaigrette.
Bullhead Burger $7
1/2lb Charred burger with grilled onions and tomato and a chipotle mayo served with home style fries.
Grilled Chicken Sandwich $6
With avocado,carmalized onions, portabello mushroom and with a chipotle mayo spread.
Homecooked Chile $5
With diced red onion,monterrey jack cheese and sour cream.
Chips and Salsa $3
Smokey salsa and crispy chips the best in town.
Old School Cheese Quesadilla $4
With pico, guacamole and sour cream.
Sour Cream, Pice de Gallo or Cheese $1
Guacamole or Avocado $2
Bottled Soft Drinks: Coke, Sprite and Diet Coke $2
Bullhead Cantina, 1143 N. California Ave., Chicago IL 60622, 773-772-8895.