Thursday, April 22, 2010

Mi Bella Ensenada

Mi Bella Ensenada
2612 N.E. 28th Street
All Major CC
8:00 - 9:00pm (7 Days)

Tacos Consumed: Asada
Preference: Asada

When fishing, I often do not overlook places that 'just looks like it should have fish'.

Word on the street is that there is a taco truck on the corner of NE 28th and Sylvania. Upon hearing this, I verified with on of my regular Taco Truck-stops (Beach Street taco truck---a few blocks away). I let him know I would be trying his competitor.

Unfortunately, upon arrival, the Taco Truck was not there. That is the bad news. The good news is that this intersection just looks like it should have tacos. Consequently, I entered the first taqueria I saw--Mi Bella Ensenada.

Upon walking into the establishment I was warmly greeted by the staff who were there ready to take my order. The tacos here are $1.50 each, thus I only ordered three of them, thinking they would be large tacos--I was wrong.

Unfortunately, the tacos were single-wrapped in barely grilled corn tortillas--and pretty much what I consider single-bite tacos. On the plus side, the Asada was very tasty, and my order did come with chips/salsa.

I apologize for the blurry picture---but I promise you are not missing anything special.

I can only give Mi Bella Ensenada three tacos. If you've never been to a taqueria, they will no doubt be the best tacos you've ever eaten, but the $1.50 per taco is way overpriced.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tacos Lupita

East Fort Worth
Lancaster Taco Truck (one block east of Oakland Blvd)
11:00 am - Midnight

Consumed Tacos - Asada/Al Pastor
Preference - Asada

While Fort Worth's Taco Hunt has primarily focused on Tacoville and East Seminary, I decided it was time for me to venture out to the area in which I was raised, my old neighborhood and stomping grounds--East Fort Worth. As we called it during my youth, this is the "Eastside".

Lancaster Avenue has changed over the years in that many of the strip clubs that aligned the street are gone, and in their place are taquerias.

I understand many people are concerned with venturing into this area, but I see it as home. I lived in the area from elementary school up until I graduated High School, and while there are some dangers to loitering in this area---I cannot turn my back on my old stomping grounds. It was just as "dangerous" when I lived there, and I made it out with some of the best memories of my life, thus I have no problem keeping my roots and enjoying what the Eastside has to offer. Tried and true, I am an Eastside boy.

Yes, I had to ward off a few homeless folks hanging around the area and this is just simply part of the "scene" you will encounter heading to the Eastside. If it makes you uncomfortable, then stay away.

My first stop here was Tacos Lupita (pronounced 'Loo-pee-tah'). It's a taco truck that has been a staple in this area for the past few years. Frankly, I have enjoyed tacos from this place, but not since the true Taco Hunt had started, thus they were on the top of my list to represent the Eastside in the hunt.

Their sign boasts "The Best Tacos in Town". I can honestly say they have probability in claiming this title.

The tacos are $1.25 each, which are a bit on the high-end for taco trucks. However, the product is well worth it. The taco truck is aligned with bullet-proof glass (can't say I blame them) and you order through a series of holes in the bullet-proof glass.

The woman working at Tacos Lupita seems like she would rather be anywhere in the world other than making tacos in the taco truck. I thought about this, and frankly cannot blame her. I will say, however, once you become a regular--she will take care of you.

The tacos are simply among the best you can ever find in Fort Worth. Double-wrapped in fresh corn tortillas purchased from a Tortarilla down the street (review to come), with meat the will raise you off your seat its so tasty.

While ordering my tacos at Tacos Lupita, there was an African-American gentleman sitting out front enjoying his tacos. I told him about what I do (I review tacos) and let him know if he did not want to his picture taken, then he best move aside. Most folks in this area do not take kindly to people taking their pictures ad-hoc, so my advice it to let people know in the Eastside why you are taking their picture.

He was more than happy with it, and we reminisced about "back in the day" in East Fort Worth. I pointed out places where they used to have BBQ Trucks, many of which he himself enjoyed. When I told him I'd not seen many "brothers" at the taquerias I've been to, he told me, "Well---it's better than Jack-In-the-Box." My man, you are Sooooooo right.

The Taco Hunt has made it to the Eastside, and I am excited about its opportunities.

Friday, April 2, 2010

El Rincon De Hidalgo

3139 E. Seminary Drive
Fort Worth, TX
Major Credit Cards Accepted

Tacos Consumed: Asada/Pollo y Chipotle
Preference: Asada

Just like I assume regions of Mexico vary in their style of tacos, I have found the same to be true with Fort Worth. That being the tacos in the E. Seminary section of Fort Worth are very much alike, and vary quite a bit from the tacos in Tacoville, For what it is worth, I prefer the Tacoville style of tacos, but variety can be a good thing at times. The main difference is that E. Seminary tacos are more expensive, but much bigger, and almost all have "homemade" tortillas.

I found the inside of El Rincon De Hidalgo (and I have NO idea what that translates into) to be very interesting. It is incredibly small and has all of three booths on which to sit. There were two gentlemen inside who seemed to be the owners (the Hidalgo brothers??) and they were very happy to see me.

Note that these gentlemen did not speak a single word of English other than "Thank you", "melon", and "fresh"

I decided to sit at booth #2, as it was the cleanest and had the best view (looking through barred windows out on to E. Seminary), although I did have to thoroughly wipe down the table (common self-service feature of taqerias).

Upon ordering my tacos, the gentleman pointed to a cup. He said "fresh". "Sure" I responded.

He came back with an orange looking drink. I took a sip and the heavens opened up. I looked at the gentleman and he said "melon". It was actually a cantelope drink. Not sure how they made it, but it was one of the most refreshing drinks I've ever had in my life. If you go to El Rincon De Hidalgo, and cannot leave without asking for "melon drink".

I ordered three Asada tacos and one Pollo con Chipotle taco. I ended up getting on one asada taco and two Pollo con Chipotle tacos. I chaulk this up to the language barriers as opposed with poor customer service--and I did not bother mentioning anything to them,

When I saw the tacos, I was VERY happy they messed up my order. As hungry as I was---I could not eat four of them. The Pollo y Chipotle tacos had a mixture of white and dark meat, that was a bit of a let down. At one point I saw something that looked like a chicken heart--but it turned out to be just a chipotle pepper. '

The Asada taco had a zang to it, and I added to that by putting on a little too much lime---which did sour the taste a some, but that is my own fault. The home made tortillas are on par with what I'm finding in this area of Fort Worth---average.

I'm giving them three tacos, mainly due to the scary Pollo y Chipotle tacos. However, I would certainly still recommend them--and the "melon drink" is a once in a lifetime experience.