Chef Rodolfo Cuadros opens Don Bucio’s Taqueria, a Latine eatery challenging traditional Mexican cuisine with a vegan spin.
James Beard-nominated Chef Rodolfo Cuadros is opening a new restaurant in Chicago’s Logan Square Neighborhood this weekend! Don Bucio’s Taqueria takes after the legacies of Amaru and Bloom Plant-Based Kitchen and will offer a fresh take on Mexican cuisine in the Windy City.
Don Bucio’s Taqueria Transforms Traditional Mexican Cuisine
Chef Cuadros partnered with Executive Chef Gustavo Ocampo to open the new plant-based eatery, Don Bucio’s Taqueria. The Latine eatery will offer a flavorful lineup of veganized Mexican staples like chorizo con papa, birria, and chicharrones. In addition, they will also carry blue tortillas made from blue corn masa and pink tortillas naturally dyed from hibiscus flowers—tried-and-true techniques from local Mexican taquerias. Other must-try menu items include savory side dishes like Elote Trensado (drizzled with chipotle aioli, queso, and cilantro) and Loaded Fries (topped with coconut mozzarella, chipotle aioli, and onion).
Chef Ocampo’s signature dish will also be featured. Indulge in his renowned Nopal Milanesa—a flavorful handheld made with refritos, crema, pico, arugula, guac, and pickled jalapenos. “Gustavo is our secret weapon,” said Chef Cuadros, “He brings us the food he grew up with, and he’s really the driving force and idea behind the restaurant.”
A Modern Take on the Old-School Taqueria
It’s no secret eating vegan is significantly better for your health and the planet, and Chef Cuadros reiterates that you can still enjoy nostalgic foods without compromising flavor and quality. “Our whole purpose is to become as sustainable as possible. We’re a Mexican restaurant that chooses to serve vegetables and be a fun place. Bring your friends, eat some tacos, and walk away having one of the healthiest meals of your week,” shared Cuadros.
The vegan spot is colorful and bold, invoking the old-school taqueria in a modern setting. The space will be more refined, and customers will be greeted by a mural by local artist Ivan Vazquez. In addition, Don Bucio’s Taqueria is designed by Emily Andersson, the creative architect behind Cuadros’ previous restaurants.
Don Bucio’s opens on Saturday, February 25 at 2763 N Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. They will be open from 5-9pm. Visit DonBucios.com for more information, and follow them on Instagram for updates.