Located on South Milwaukee’s main thoroughfare in the spot that once housed a beloved Serbian restaurant, Balkanian New Star, Azteca (901 Milwaukee Ave.) has been serving up great Mexican fare for a decade.
The friendly and affordable restaurant has a no-frills interior but offers a menu with all the familiar staples plus a few surprises.
The weekday lunch buffet is a good place to start. You can create your own meal from ground meat, refried beans and Spanish rice, piling the ingredients into flour tortillas and crispy taco shells. The expected steak fajitas, cheese enchiladas and chicken chimichangas are on the buffet table alongside quirky dishes such as cochinita pibil, tender pork slowly roasted in orange juice, garlic and spices.
There are also salads and desserts. Margaritas and Mexican beer are on hand, but why not try horchata, a non-alcoholic milk drink made with rice and ground almonds