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Mr. Taco is probably one of the restaurants you have never heard of.
You are told to never judge a book by it’s cover and that cannot be any more true for Mr. Taco. They are a small tiny little building that seats probably three people comfortably inside. There are a few tables and chairs outside. According to their sign, they are a fresh Mexican grill that serves tacos, tortas, burritos, gorditas, quesadillas, tostadas and super nachos.
Mr. Taco is at 711 W. 25th street which is near the southwest corner of 25th and Arkansas. Driving by I wasn’t even sure if they were open. While doing my review on Taqueria El Paisa, I drove by Mr. Taco and made a mental note to check to see when they are open.
Their hours are Sunday – Tuesday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm, closed Wednesday, Thursday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm, and Friday and Saturday 11:30 am – 3:00 am. So like Wendy’s, they are open late so you can eat great.
Their menu is very simple. It’s all listed on the wall to your left when you walk in. I was in the mood for simple street tacos so my mind was already made up before I walked in. The only unanswered question was what sort of meat would I want? Barbacoa, Pork Stomach, Pork, Chicken, Cow Tongue, Cow Intestines, Cow Head…………..yes those are all options.
I decided to go with seasoned pork, chicken, carnitas, and cow tongue. I’ve never had a cow tongue taco before so figured why not live a little?
Since the place is so small, you literally watch them cook everything right in front of you. Unlike hole in the wall burger joints, there isn’t a big smell of grease that attaches to your clothes when you leave. My wait for the food was not long at all and before I knew it, I had four beautiful street tacos placed right in front of me; all displayed with a simple set of toppings.
The seasoned pork was by far my favorite; followed by both the chicken and carnitas in no particular order. As for the cow tongue, I’m still not sure if I like it or not. It had a meaty taste but at the same time a fishy taste. It’s hard to explain unless you try it yourself. If I ever go back, I’ll be adventurous and try the cow intestine taco or the cow head taco and report back with a followup. The sauces supplied were a mild red sauce and a spicy lime green sauce. I used the spicier of the two options and it had a nice minor kick to it. I can deal with spicy sauces so it wasn’t as spicy to me as it may be to others.
The tacos in general were delicious. It’s a place I would go back to again in a heartbeat if i’m in the area. At a $1.85 per street taco, it’s a very good value. I even bought a couple extra seasoned pork tacos to take back to a couple co-workers who both thoroughly enjoyed them and thought they were delicious. I’m on a mission to popularize these sort of Mexican restaurants and introduce those who love the Tex-Mex options in the city to a different type of food they could very well love as well.
The people at Mr. Taco were very friendly. Service was quick. Prices were spot on. To use a little Spanish i learned in my three years of Spanish classes at WSU, “Me gustó.”
Give it a try yourself and let me know what you think. It’s Mr. Taco, right over at 25th and Arkansas. As for if there’s a Mrs. Taco, I’ll have to ask them next time I go back. Stay tuned!
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