The cockfighting collection, on the other hand, is top notch:
I checked in with the other El Gallo Bravos around the north side—they're all loosely related—but only one other claimed to have it. El Gallo Bravo Original on Kedzie—home of the crazy cactus plate—has had a sign in the window for a $1 chorizo verde taco for some time. I checked in every day for two weeks and the jefe repeatedly told me he was out of it—but promised he'd be making some that very afternoon. The next day: nada. And again. And again.
The only thing to do was inquire of sausagemeister Rob Levitt at Butcher & Larder. He says his regular Mexican chorizo recipe uses roasted poblanos and pickled serrano, for a vinegary bite. It ain't green—using spinach powder, he opined, was "silly," as it imparts a pastiness that isn't worth the visual effect. It is an excellent sausage, however, cuminy and vegetal, summoning Proustian memories of gringo taco nights, minus the viscid orange grease, modified corn starch, autolyzed yeast extract, "natural flavor," and sulfites.
Butcher & Larder, 1026 N. Milwaukee, 773-687-8280
El Gallo Bravo #2, 3909 W. Belmont, 773-481-3244