Taco Tuesday: Pork belly with fried parsley and mandarin, and ribeye with Takis     

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Fair or not, many taco places that pile on the ingredients get slapped with the label of ‘gringo tacos.’ I would imagine more than a few people would call the tacos from this taqueria ‘gringo tacos,’ or (GASP!) ‘hipster tacos.’ Label them however you want, but that doesn’t mean you saddle up your high horse and run away from these tacos sight unseen.

And you have to like the attitude here. They have a sign that reads, “sex sells, unfortunately we sell tacos.” I see it as a slight shot across the bow at locals Torchy’s Tacos. And, like Torchy’s, this place also layers ingredients and masking sauces to excess at times.

It doesn’t always work, as with a cloyingly sweet and mild diablo shrimp taco (top middle) topped with jalapeno jack cheese, cilantro and cream tomatillo ($2.99). And a dried out crispy duck taco (top right) buried beneath viscous, salty hoisin sauce ($3.75) and cucumbers needed more fat and more restraint.

But the creative offerings at this taco stand with a massive and varied menu are sometimes right on point.

MyStatesman.com readers follow the link to find out where to find the tacos pictured and read about my favorites.

 


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