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The new Chilango Express.

Chilango Express trades in gas station digs for bigger, brighter restaurant

Chilango Express has officially made its move to a new location at 7030 W. Lincoln Ave.

Owners Juan and Guadalupe Ortiz have been planning the move into the former Sofia's Italian Restaurant since last summer; their plans came to fruition last week when they made the transition from their former gas station location at 6821 W. Lincoln Ave. into the new space, which is unmistakable with its cheerful bright red exterior.

Inside, the restaurant boasts a full service dining room where you can take a seat at any number of booths or tables, some of which accommodate larger groups. Waitstaff will seat you and take your order; you can pay your bill at the counter when you've finished eating.

There's also a bar (which serves basic cocktails like Captain and Coke, margaritas, micheladas and pina coladas, along with beers like Corona, Miller Lite, and Miller Genuine Draft. There's also a small private dining room which can accommodate up to 12 people.

Meanwhile, the menu showcases the dishes that made the gas station restaurant such a destination, including tacos ($2/$2.50), quesadillas ($7), huaraches ($7) and sope ($7) along with burritos ($7), gorditas ($7), tortas ($7) and tostadas ($2.50). All are available individually or as a platter (with rice and beans) for $10.

Fillings include meats (chicken, pork, beef, Mexican sausage, beef tongue, sauced pork rinds and steak) along with mushrooms, cactus, poblano peppers, squash blossoms and huitlacoche.

Moving forward, the menu is also likely to expand to include items like fajitas and nachos.

Chilango Express will also continue serving weekend specials including menudo ($5.50 or $8.50) and roasted lamb served with housemade tortillas, lamb broth and all the fixings (cilantro, onions, limes, hot sauce, $13 per pound).

Chilango Express is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (closed on Wednesdays), Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Both dine-in and carry-out is available.

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