La Michoacana

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There are some things you expect from a good corner Mexican joint: You’ll be greeted with fresh tortilla chips; your food will be seasoned to the nines; and the menu will be chock full of dishes at every price point. This cafeteria-style Pilsen BYOB delivers on all while upping the ante with surprises such as whole pig simmered in lard from sun up to sun down and an in-house butcher who'll slice and dice it according to your specifications. Fortunately, service is quick and the lines of locals clamoring for the tender, dripping-off-the-bone pork move long nicely. Aside from carnitas, standard quesadillas, tacos and burritos filled with chorizo, chicken, beef and beans are popular.