Gourmet cuisine shouldn’t be out of the reach for anyone, and these Chicago restaurants and cafes prove it

Tallboy Taco {325 West Huron Street; 312.488.4917}:

The easygoing sibling to the Latin steakhouse/nightclub, Nacional 27, Tallboy Taco’s carefree lounge is a prime hangout for a casual daytime lunch with co-workers or a relaxing dinner with family. Named after chef/partner Tim Hockett—who clocks in at 6 feet, 3 inches—Tallboy Taco is all about the tacos (duh!).

Served on handmade corn tortillas, tantalizing tacos span the likes of pull-apart, 12-hour Smoked Brisket, shredded Chicken Tinga, and Slow-Braised Pork sourced from Gunthorp Farms. Veggie-forward? Vegetarian and vegan taco lovers can get down on the Lagunitas beer-battered Crispy Avocado. Order them individually or make it a combo served with rice and beans. Complement any taco feast with an order of Corn Fundido or freshly made Guacamole, mild or spicy, served with a basket of handmade chips.

Piggybacking off the name, the drink menu also features a variety of tallboy beers to wash it all down, plus cocktails, sangrías, and wines. Zero-proof libations can be had thanks to freshly made agua frescas with Watermelon and Chia Limón flavors. As for a cool down, snag a seasonal Paleta (popsicle) with fresh chunks of raspberry, mango, and blood orange, or stay on the taco train by finishing the meal with the Ice Cream Taco.