Friday, July 6, 2012

First taste of The Taco Shop

Anthony and I tried a new (to us) restaurant tonight:  The Taco Shop.

There are a number of restaurants that serve the same Mexican style food in the Tucson area.  Nico's, Los Betos, The Taco Shop... all dish up similar food with the same formula.

The location we went to is on Speedway Blvd east of Craycroft next to an eegee's in the same strip mall.  It hasn't been open that long.

Its a pretty plain restaurant.  A handful of yellow booths covered in Formica, lots of brown tile, a small exposed kitchen, and a difficult to read menu.  Food is served in styrofoam containers and on paper plates or paper wrappers.  There is nothing fancy about the food served at The Taco Shop (or Nico's or Los Betos for that matter).

I had a carne asada burrito.  It was $4.50.  Anthony had a $7 order of super nachos.  Add drinks and our bill together was $16.25.  I was worried that I wouldn't get what I ordered because the nice woman's English was difficult to understand.  But, she nailed it so she's obviously a professional.

You get a decent sized portion and it tasted ok.  My burrito had pico de gallo and guacamole.  The tortilla was the best part actually.  I am a sucker for a good tortilla.

They do have a salsa bar with four kinds of salsa and a fifth choice that was labeled as "jalapenos and carrots".  I'm not an expert on Mexican food so I can only guess as to whether that is something which is popular or not.

I've usually only eaten at this type of restaurant after a night of drinking.  It always seems like a good idea after half a dozen beers and then I pay for it with a rapid exit from the other end the next day (you get the idea).

I hear the toilet calling my name.