Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Beach Street Taco Truck

Parking Lot of Alpha Y Omega Church
3100 Block of North Beach Street
(Cash Only)
Open Tue-Sun 5:00 pm-10:00pm.

I slammed on my brakes.

Going home after a hard day's work, I pondered if I should pick up some food on the way home, and if so---what? Taking the back roads to avoid the nast 1-35N rush-hour traffic, I made my way down North Beach Street. Out of the corner of my eye I noticed something in the parking lot of the "Alpha Y Omega" parking lot that was not there on previous days. A TACO TRUCK! As a long time fan and supporter of taco trucks, I was enthralled that one had surfaced on my route home.

Note that the title here is "Taco Truck". I did not explicitely see a name on the truck, so it will be henceforth known as "Taco Truck". When I first approached Taco Truck, I was surprised to see a cute little girl (approximately my daughter's age 7-8) taking orders. As I glanced at the menu, I was pleasantly surprised at the cost of tacos ($1.00) as well as the breadth of available menu iteams.

See picture below for the available menu items, as well as our gracious host smiling for the camera. ;-)

I ordered my usual: three Asada tacos--as always with onions, cilantro, and hot sauce. All of this for $3.00---that is a great bargain. The tacos came in single wrapped, white corn-tortillas. Although they were single wrapped, I never had an issue keeping the meat inside. At Taco Truck, there is no seating. You get your order on a paper plate covered with aluminum foil. You should sit and eat in your food in your car. If you are concerned about your tacos going cold by the time you get home, I suggest bringing your own styrofoam box, but rememebr---tacos ordered at a taco truck, should always be eaten in the parking lot of said taco truck.

The Asada VERY tasty. The onions were incredibly flavorable, and this was accompanied by the perfect amount of cilantro. I am grateful the hot sauce came on the side, as it was VERY hot.

I call these "one-bite" tacos. Not because they are so small that they can easily be consumed with a single bite, but instead because they are so good that you want to stuff the entire taco in your mouth.

The taco truck has become somewhat of a rarity in Fort Worth. Due to the multitude of zoning/ health code enforements that prevent honest people from making an honest living, it's difficult to find taco trucks that remain in one spot very long.

As for now, if you are around the 3100 block of North Beach street, be on the lookout for Taco Truck. I just hope it's there on my way home today...
UPDATE: I passed by there on Monday and they were gone. :-( However, on Tuesday they were back. I spoke with the Taco Truck woman, and she said they are there every day except Monday. My advice---get it whilst you can.

UPDATE #2: I have visited this place many times since my review and they are on location like clockwork. Give them a visit anytime Tue-Sun from 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm.

UPDATE #3: This place really seems to be doing great now. The past few times I've visited, there was a line to get tacos. They have also set up some out-door picnic benches on which you can eat. I sat outside there recently and ate with the owner. He told me his wife (who is the "chef") is actually a cook at another taqueria--I will not list the name of it to respect her privacy, but it has been reviewed on this site. The next time you go there, tell them the "white guy" who writes about tacos said 'hello'. ;-)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Antojitos Latinos

5201 McCart Avenue Fort Worth, TX 76115
(817) 923-8491
All Major Credit Cards Accepted

Consumed Tacos: Asada/Pollo
Preference: Asada

This is an exciting review as it's the first FIVE TACO taqueria I've encountered outside of Tacoville. While Antojitos Latinos is on the border, it is not in Tacoville proper, so this is a good sign that perfect tacos can be found in other parts of the area.

As with many venues, Antojitos Latinos was a random find for me. It's actually located in a strip center off of I20 and McCart where there seems to be a battle for culture zoning as the strip center has both Mexican and Korean stores. I'm unsure who will win this battle, but I do hope that Antojitos Latinos is still standing when it is over.

The inside of Antojitos Latinos is very drab. It's clean, but I would say this place has the least amount of atmosphere I've seen versus other taquerias found in the hunt.

I was not really that hungry, but owe it to my fans to do a review (cocky?) and thus wanted to get in an get out with a quick taco fix. So here is how it went down:

I sat down and told my waitress told me she would be right back with some chips/salsa. I waited about 3-5 minutes and she brought my FRESH (incredibly hot) chips that were probably the best tortilla chips I've ever eaten. They came with a green tomatillo sauce that was not that good. If we can combine Antojitos Latinos' chips with Tacos Earnesto's salsa, then we have the perfect combination.

As I poured salt on my piping-hot chips, I began to wonder what Jesus would do if someone put salt on his chips which he did not want. I concluded Jesus would simply ask for a separate basket of chips.

In looking at the menu, on the board above me, I was disgruntled at the fact the tacos were $1.75 each. The menu had $1.50 but x'd out the .50 and placed .75 next to it. I ordered my two tacos (and before asked I said, "yes, with cilantro, onions, and hot sauce"). As I woofed down my chips, I began to realize how long the tacos were taking. "Damn." I thought. "This is going to be a definite mark against them."

For you novices out there, taquerias should have your tacos ready for you within seconds. I was into a five minute wait, but I soon realized WHY...

When my tacos arrived I was immediately taken aback by the torillas that were used. They were white and fluffy. "Flour??" I thought. Could this place with such a Mexican name punked out and served me flour tacos??? Upon touching the taco, I realized it was not flour. But what was it?

I bit into the first taco, and then it was at this moment the skies opened up and God looked down at me and said, "Enjoy, young man. THIS is a taco." I had no idea what kind of tortilla it was but it was incredible. It was spongy, warm, but stuck together very well and LITERALLY melted in my mouth.

Another first: the tacos were too hot for me to immediately eat. Typically you battle preventing your tacos from getting cold, but I found myself blowing on these tacos. The chicken was stewed and had an incredibly amount of flavor. The asada was cut into huge chunks of meat, almost fajita like, but with the strong asada taste I so much enjoy.

Still, I could not figure out what type of tortillas these were. Were they some sort of new-fangled delicacy catering to the white-boy taste? Had they given up their Mexican roots and sold out? Upon leaving, I told my waitress how fantastic the tacos were, but had to know what sort of tortilla they used. "Corn", she said. "We make them fresh here."

Learning never stops...

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Tacos Earnesto's

3778 McCart Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110-4619
(817) 922-8072

Consumed Tacos: Asada/Pollow con Chipotle
Preference: Pollo con Chipotle

I struck gold yet again in Tacoville by stumbling upon yet another five-taco taqueria. Please note that I do not bestow the five-taco rating to anyone. My vow to you all is that I will never jeapordize the integrity of this rating, and five-taco taquerias are essentially the "perfect tacos".

Tacos Earnesto's is a block away from Earnesto's Tacos. My assumption is that Earnesto's Tacos was in business first, and the second Earnesto was incredibly stubborn in wanting to use his name in his business, and he could only come up with Tacos Earnesto's. While he makes some incredibly delicious tacos, the man is obviously lacking marketing skills. Had I known of his shortcoming in this area, I would have offered my (inept but still better than his) marketing skills for free tacos. I would have encouraged him to name his restaurant "Damn good Mexican tacos" or "Tacos like a mug".

I was a little taken aback when I went in to Tacos Earnestos as the people eating at the two occupied tables were all white. Huh? Had I stumbled upon some "trendy" taqueria that caters to the gringo pallet? Is being a block closer to downtown that much different? Or...are do these white boys know something I don't?

The inside of Tacos Earnestos is unappealing like any good taqueria should be. There menu is simple and sits underneath the lamenated table-tops. My waitress immediately brought me chips and salsa BEFORE taking my order. I must say that this is a first in Tacoville, and a definite plus. The chips were so-so, but the salsa. Oh the salsa. This might be the best salsa I've ever tasted. Next time I am going bring a bottle and seriously ask them to fill it up for me so I can take some home.

I ordered three tacos. Two asada (which you can probably tell is my favorite), and one Pollo con y Chipotle (Chicken with Chipotle sauce). My waitress asked me if I wanted cilanto, onions, and hot sauce with it. Frankly I am getting tired of this question and felt like resonding, "What do you think", but I understand that she is working with quite a few potential "WTF" clients of causasian persuasion and must be careful.

Now something you might have noticed about this review. My preferred taco was actually the chicken and not the asada. This is not to say the asada was poor, but instead speaks to how good the chicken was. It was a shredded chicken that had been stewed in some sort of chipotle sauce. Oh my goodness it literally melted in my mouth. Biting into the taco generated squirts of chipotle sauce and grease to spew out of the taco, luckily forward and sideways, but not backward. The oninons and cilantro were a little lacking, but I was impressed with how finely chopped they both were, so that made up for it. I also dipped my tacos in the wonderful salsa. which simply made by taste buds erect like little vienna sausages it was so good.

The chicken tacos, plus the unbelievable salsa easily give Tacos Earnesto's a five-taco rating. Now if they could just do something about there name to avoid confusion.

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