5606 Collinsville Road
IL62201 East St. Louis/ Cahokia 618-482-8690 Hours: Sun, Sat 9am-9pm, Mon-Fri 10am-9pm
Tacos don't come more authentic than the version served up at Mexican restaurant El Gallo Jiros, a humble taquería two minutes off I-55/70 less than ten minutes from the Arch in Fairmont City, Illinois. It may be anathema to gringos who consider bigger to be better, but this is the kind of food that's actually served on the streets south of the border. They usually run out of pollo before lengua, which is all good, so far as we're concerned. And at $1.50 per copy, it's about as cheap a lunch or dinner as you're likely to find.