Taqueria El Paisa Review (CLOSED)

2227 N. Arkansas Road

Update: This restaurant has since closed.

You drive now north Arkansas rode and it’s like traveling walking down the hallway in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory; except it’s not candy you will see it’s non-stop Mexican food. On this drive, it was Taqueria El Paisa that caught my attention. So I flipped on my turn signal within the guided 100 feet distance as stated in my driver’s license manual and pulled up to 2227 N. Arkansas Road.

Taqueria El Paisa is open everyday of the week from 10 am to 10 pm except for Friday and Saturday when they close at 11 pm. They are located right at the northwest corner of 21st street and Arkansas.

They serve a huge selection of different Mexican items as you can imagine. It’s much larger of a selection that you will see at other restaurants in the same vicinity. If you’d like to see their menu, Urbanspoon has it here.

I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews on Taqueria El Paisa from different people and wanted to give this a try myself. On most accounts, it was suggested that I get their burrito so that’s what I did.

Their basic Burrito Tipico is a 10” flour tortilla, stuffed with delicious grilled meat of your choice, along with fresh diced onions and cilantro. With tax, it runs a smidge over $7.

Before the burrito came out though, the obligatory free chips and salsa were put out on the table. The different between Taqueria El Paisa and other places is you’re given three different sauce options on the table to choose from: guacamole, a regular mild sauce and a hot green sauce. The chips were great, I loved the quality of them. As stated in other blog reviews on Mexican food, I can’t stand it when you’re given a tray of chips where half of them are broken apart or not even big enough to dip with. As for the salsa, I was let down by it. The mild sauce had a very high tomato-ey taste to it. The hot green sauce wasn’t really hot it tasted as if there was a full lime put inside the bottle; really acidic. As for the guacamole, it was like a very watered down guacamole. All of the sauce options were watery and would just drip off the chip.

As for the burrito when it came out; great size for the regular size option. Couple bites in it was pretty good, good juicy flavor to the pork burrito I chose. But as I kept eating more, it started to taste really salty. I’ve read other reviews from other people stating their burrito was bland and that wasn’t the issue for me. I sort of liked the burrito but eating the whole thing would have just been too much for me. If they could cut down on the saltiness of it, it’d be better but not great. The one thing I liked about their burrito is that it’s not drizzled in cheese or any sauce they force upon you.

 

As for the service, my server felt rushed. More so because she probably had too many tables. It was friendly but it was like my server was constantly running and didn’t take the time to make sure everything was good.

My experience at Taqueria El Paisa was more of a miss than a hit. I know there are people that swear by it so maybe it could be for you; it just wasn’t for me. It wasn’t the authentic experience I was hoping to get. There are other options on Arkansas that I’m sure i’ll be giving a try to sooner rather than later though.

Did you feel differently about Taqueria El Paisa? If so, please do comment. Thank you and Happy Dining!

 

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