On the outside, Michoacanito looks like a hundred other humble Mexican restaurants - bright pictures of menu items, Mexican flag-themed signage, handmade signs touting tacos, tortas, etc. But after a few observant seconds insite, I could tell this place was different. The cooler was filled with fully-gelled stocks in see-through storage containers. A woman in the kitchen was peeling and chopping papayas with the utmost precision and care, while a man pressed tortillas by hand. The stove in the fully-open kitchen was filled with steaming pots emitting powerful aromas of meat and spice.
There's a big menu here, filled mostly with stuff you can find all over town. With a menu so large it's possible that not everything is a winner, but I feel very confident about the soups. I also learned from someone at the next table that Micoacanito has something of a secret menu. People in the know seek out the cook's gazpacho and special fruit cocktail recipes, none of which are on the regular menu. Ask about fruit, I was told.
4315 N. Kedzie