Sunday, May 22, 2011

La Estacion del Taco

Address: Corner of 600 W and 200 S, SLC, UT 84101.

Review: Heaven has given us certain street foods so that we may be happy. Pizza is the first among these foods, but a close second is the taco. There's something magical about paying a buck for something so tasty that you can eat while walking down the street. On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, I was driving from a Saturday business meeting and happened upon a taco stand. How could I resist, honestly?

This taco stand is called "La Estacion del Taco" and offers the following staples:

What the menu doesn't show is the menudo, pozole, and other delights offered but not written. While the menudo tempted me, I decided to go with a taco triad: lengua, asada, and carnitas.

And these tacos come with all the trimmings: roasted jalapenos, grilled, onions, a selection of salsas and pico de gallo, radishes, etc. The lengua (yes, tongue) was perfectly cooked. It had that melt-in-your-mouth quality you want from well cooked tongue. The asada was a bit flat in the flavor department. It simply didn't have much seasoning or spicing. The carnitas, however, was flavorful and moist: quite good. The trimmings were very good as well. The pico de gallo was refreshing and light, and the hot salsa actually had a kick. Something another patron pointed out was this taco stand actually served sour cream, which was a nice touch. My one gripe is the tortillas. They are store-bought and lacking in that good corn flavor present in a freshly prepared tortilla. A better tortilla would have put this place over the top. As it is though, the tacos were pretty darn good, especially for a buck each.

Rating: 6.5/10 (5/10 is average).

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