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S.A. Taco Report
February 2018   |   thetacoist.com   |   San Antonio, Texas  

Switching Things Up


BEN OLIVO, THE TACOIST

In an attempt to live like there's no tomorrow, I've mixed in food trucks for the first time in Tacoist history (which is only about 16 months, but you get the point). And it really has been like a mini adventure so far this year. In January, I ate some very good barbecue tacos in a carwash bay on the East Side. I've stood in 30 degree weather for some of the best tacos the UTSA area has to offer. And I was semi-harassed by the owner of West Side taqueria for taking pictures of the sign out front.

In this latest edition of the S.A. Taco Report, I have nine places for you to choose from. And thankfully they're all pretty good. As always, I try visit places all across town. But if you'd like to suggest your favorite, please drop me a line.

Also, I'm open to any other type of features or themes you'd like to see in this newsletter.

Enough chat. Onward to January's taco adventures.

 Mostly misses
 Average S.A. taqueria. Some hits, some misses
 Worth traveling across town for
Maria's Cafe, 1105 Nogalitos St. (South Side)

Friends have been telling me about this place for years, and now I know why. Everything about Maria's Cafe was simply wonderful. Perfect flour tortillas. Excellent fillings. Specialized fillings that actually worked — like, for example, the Taco Loco #2 (weiners, papas, beans, cheese and pico de gallo; top photo). which was just an excellent combo of flavors. And everything's fresh, including a very seedy and coarsely chopped pico. I must write more in-depth about this place on the blog. Till then, visit Maria's ASAP.

Angelica's 2, 3020 Commercial Ave. (South Side)

Excellent, excellent, excellent corn tortilla. They're large, puffy, soft and have these crispy edges. Mostly importantly: they're delicious. The flour tortillas were pretty good, as well. Fillings were good, not great. The best taco was a simple pork chop, which was perfectly seasoned and juicy. Beans really good. Carne guisada and papa Mexicana so-so. One of the better salsas verde.

Eddie's Taco House, 3755 Thousand Oaks Drive (Northside)

The Northside sibling of the popular taqueria on West Cevallos Street, Eddie's knows what they're doing. Bacon and egg on corn had a very good tortilla — thick and floppy. The bacon was perfect: a big ole slab that was high quality, thick and just crispy enough. Bean and cheese was excellent with creamy delicious beans. The cortadillo (a la Mex; above) was a kind of stew that was spicy, beefy, delicious, and new to me.

Ricky's Tacos, 7310 Hausman Road (Far Northwest)

Popular Northside taco truck with the UTSA students, and really anyone who lives in the neighborhood. Despite 30-degree weather, people still walked up with their bills. These are just really solid street tacos. I had a comb of al pastor and carne asada and both were very, very good — well seasoned, not too greasy, dressed just right with onions and cilantro.

Smokin' Joe's, 1469 S. W.W. White Road (Far East Side)

This barbecue trailer was a pleasant surprise. I had two tacos — one brisket (above) and one sausage — and both were delicious. Store-bought tortillas I expected, and so wasn't at all put off by them. They smoke meat, they don't make tortillas. The real surprise came with the "Sucker Punch Taco," which a two-meat combo, and my buddy ordered one with brisket and chicken. EXCELLENT. The pit master chops them up and mixed them together. She then adds this sauce that's barely detectable, and combines it all with onions and pickles resulting in one of the tastiest tacos I've had so far. Note: The trailer is at the Bubbles & Sudzzz carwash.

El Primito, 4710 S. Hackberry St. (South Side)

The dudes at El Primito don't mess around. The cook whips up the tacos in practically no time, and they're delicious. Well seasoned. Usually, you get four tacos per order, but these guys throw in a fifth. Excellent hot sauces — a green and a red.  

Fuzzy's Taco Shop, 7280 UTSA Boulevard, Suite 101 (Far Northwest)

Restaurant chain out of Fort Worth opened up a location by UTSA and it's pretty good. They're known for their seafood tacos. They're definitely non-San Antonio tacos in that they are dressed with what amounts to a salad. That said, I enjoyed their grilled fish and shrimp tacos; and the spicy pork had good taste but was a little cold.
 

Wicho's Mexican Deli, 1110 N. Zarzamora St. (West Side)

Please note that this is not a taqueria, but a Mexican snack shop. So, they offer ice cream, elote either on the comb or in a cup, fruit cup, Mexican candies, smoothies, raspas, shakes. And two types of tacos: carne asada and chicken. I had the carne asada, which was very good. Not greasy at all, but still good. They were accompanied by grilled onions. The best part were the chiles — which are intended mainly for the snacks. They all seemed to be tamarindo or chamoy based. Among the flavors: hot, mild, salsa Mexicana, green chamoy, and baby.

Las Delcias #1, 1603 W. Commerce St., Suite 100 (West Side)

Despite a brief encounter with the pugnacious owner, I really liked this place. It's cafeteria style, and everything looks delicious. It's like they're really cooking each dish instead of slapping them together. For example, the weenie in salsa verde was excellent, and tasted like they slow cooked it for a long time. The machacado had a gaminess to the meat, with hints of soy sauce, that was strange, but good. Carne guisada very beefy in flavor. Bean and cheese like your typical bean and cheese. Inconsistent flour tortillas. 

Ongoing features
S.A.'s Great Tacos
The best of the best
Taqueria List
All taquerias The Tacoist has visited.
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