Read Luke Tsai’s piece on El Paisa@.com (Top 10 bites of 2015) earlier. He loved the place and especially the tripa tacos. I went to the zoo on Saturday, and dropped by their place nearby on International Blvd for some tacos beforehand, as part of my ongoing quest to find great tacos that compare well with those from Mexico.
Tacos I had, and in rough order of preference:
(Choriza was not available that day. I didn’t get the seso/ brain.) Also got the agua piña.
The tacos came with two tortillas, with cebollitas, jalapenos, limes, chopped onion and cilantro on top. The condiment bar offers 2 salsas, guac, pickled carrot, cucumber chile.
Get the fatter meat/ offal cuts and skip the lean cuts. The tripa was great with fatty goodness, crispy outside and tender inside. Lengua was subtly marinated and cooked. Suadero and cabeza were also enjoyable. I didn’t find the pastor memorable compared to the ones from D.F. and Mexico- perhaps I missed the sweetness from the pineapple. Chicken breast was dry. But the tripa compared favorably to any tacos from Mexico.
Salsas and guac were all spicy. The Guac had habanero in it. I sipped on the agua piña after tasting these. My child sipped on the same straw afterwards. And for the entire meal afterwards my child complained that everything, including the tacos and the meat, was spicy. They were well done but a bit beyond my ability to handle heat or i’d have taken some home. One actually may need less salsa to let the subtly marinated meat shine. I didn’t ask for the hot sauce (4th picture, left hand side) available for request from the kitchen.
$2.25 per taco. Pay for the food at the cashier and then move down the line and the señors will cut the meat for you. We were the only gringos there. Murals of what I think was D.F., Xochimilco, Teotihuacan, etc. outside the taqueria.
4610 International Blvd
^^ Round 1: Tripa, suadero, lengua, pastor, cabeza
^^ Round 2: tripa x2, pollo, asada