Taco War 2016

March 3, 2016

So recently Austin.Eater.com published an article claiming that “Austin TX became the home of the breakfast taco.” If you are not from Texas, I’m not sure you will understand the magnitude that this brings from city to city throughout Texas. This sent out a reaction from over all of Texas about the “birthplace” of Tacos. Especially from San Antonio TX. Even the mayor of Austin announced a “taco war” between the best chefs in Austin to compete to claim this bragging right. Recently, Texas Monthly some of the top Taco Places in Austin. Frankly, I’m not impressed. Through March I will be tacoblogging and rating these from my perspective. I will be rating these places, and critiquing them to the fullest. So I’m going to challenges these places and make my own Tacoblog. I will be posting and hopefully people will see the real taco debate is all about. I will be rating them by presentation, tortillas used, taste and price.

Texas Monthly Best Tacos in AUSTIN

Why is this so important to me?

No offense to whoever wrote this article, but I feel that this incorrectly portrays Mexican Food and does not reflect the opinion of someone of Hispanic/Mexican decent. I think this perspective is critical because it gives a authenticity and integrity to our food and culture. How many times have you heard someone who is traveling and asks, “what’s a good place to eat around here?” in to which someone replies to places where you can find in your home town. F that, me, I want to go to eat where the locals eat. I don’t want to go some suggested place or some hyped up restaurant to find some good food, especially tacos.

Austin Eater Breakfast Taco Austin History

What makes me qualified?

All my life I have struggled with identity, who am I, where do I come from? etc. Well through this struggle I’ve always relied on food to help me identify with my culture. In my opinion, food like music, speaks to me in such a unique way it transcribes a form of identity, understanding and appreciation for my culture. Its also a great way to relate to people who have the same interests and taste. In my quest to learn more about my culture through food, I have dined at the finest. I’ve watched my family growing up making food from scratch. I grew up in El Paso Tx, a mixed blend of influenced food from Old Mexico, Texas and New Mexico. I was culture shocked when I moved from my environment to a more “Tex-Mex” cultured environment. I learned to adapt and find the best places to eat (in general) no matter where I went. I also had the opportunity to work at several restaurants(mexican and others)  throughout the years of my employment which elevated my view on foods, styles and fusions. Am I pro? no. Am I a chef? No. But I think I can point you in the right direction.

Remember its deeper than just tacos.

Entry 1:

Space Cowboy, Tacodeli
Rating: 2 out of 5 molcajetes

Presentation: Overall it had a nice look to it, not greasy, it looked healthy but nothing that stood out other than the salsa and cheese on it.

Tortillas: These tortillas were definitely not homemade. But had a decent taste to them. They were almost transparent. A slap to the face to abuelita that made them from scratch.

Taste: Overall, it had a good taste to it but nothing impressive your tia would slave over the counter for. I enjoyed the adobados taco better than I did the Space Cowboy. It really didn’t impress my taste buds.

Price: $$$ Overly priced for tacos, I would not spend any more than what I did for any taco…… anywhere, well I’m probably have to with these kind of places

Entry 2:

Green Chile Pork Missionary-Style, Torchy’s Tacos
Rating: 2 out of 5 molcajetes

Presentation: Looks like an overstuffed taco with meat to fill you up. Perfect for the frat boy style of getting drunk and shitting your ass out tacos. Should be ordered, “lemme have the green chile pork, fratboy style…” hold the shit.

Tortillas: These tortillas were definitely not homemadeTortilla was not even warm. Tortillas should be like a nice warm vagina that you want to put in your mouth, not just something cold just hold your meat with type of tortilla. Oh, I get sexual with my food.

Taste: Taste was ok, I don’t like how they just threw un-melted cheese on it and called it a taco. It probably tastes better when your are drunk.  This taco had no effect on me or my taste buds. I liked the concept of green chile pork but instead I got green chile porked.

Price: $$$ Overly priced for tacos, you all are getting robbed.

 

Entry 4:

Carne Enchilada, Mi Tradición

Type: Daytime Taco

Rating: 3 out of 5 molcajetes

Presentation: Looks like an street taco, which is different than your regular taco. At first it was kinda plain with nothing to brag to your tio about, however one thing that stood out that I have till this day I don’t understand is the radishes on the plate??? I have never eaten a taco with radishes and do not desire to in the future. They also asked if  I wanted cheese on it but, nah it didn’t look too appetizing with it. Overall Tacos looked pretty good with onions and cilantro. And if you are not a fan of onion or cilantro, you should throw yourself in Lake Travis. It was definitely appropriate for this type of tacos.

Tortillas: Tortillas were pretty decent. They were served on Corn (naturally for a street taco). the tortillas were nice and warm to the touch.

Taste: The Taste was actually pretty good. It had a small crunch to the meat, and was marinade what I like to call Aztec blood. I enjoyed the taste, despite the name and appearance. Tastes nothing like an enchilada, not sure they named it this but i would definitely try them again.

Price: $ Very well priced for the amount you get (3). cheap, good and what you expect from a Taco (street)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Type: Breakfast
Rating: 4.75
Price: $3 – See more at: http://www.texasmonthly.com/food/best-tacos-austin/#sthash.CajlQpMF.dpuf

Migas, Veracruz All Natural
Rating: 2 out of 5 molcajetes

Presentation: Looks like an overstuffed taco with meat to fill you up. Perfect for the frat boy style of getting drunk and shitting your ass out tacos. Should be ordered, “lemme have the green chile pork, fratboy style…” hold the shit.

Tortillas: These tortillas were definitely not homemadeTortilla was not even warm. Tortillas should be like a nice warm vagina that you want to put in your mouth, not just something cold just hold your meat with type of tortilla. Oh, I get sexual with my food.

Taste: Taste was ok, I don’t like how they just threw un-melted cheese on it and called it a taco. It probably tastes better when your are drunk.  This taco had no effect on me or my taste buds. I liked the concept of green chile pork but instead I got green chile porked.

Price: $$$ Overly priced for tacos, you all are getting robbed.

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