Here we go again... Mexican food. Yes, I am a bit biased when it comes to Mexican cuisine. I've explained it in my Los Compadres post. However, I'm always game to try new places out, especially if others have raved about it. Kevin (604Foodtography) blogged about La Taqueria out on Hastings in Downtown Vancouver. I seem to get quite a few good ideas from him and here Kev, you get all the credit here! I met up with Vandelay at the store early because a lineup usually begins to build after 11:30am. If you want a place to sit, then you'd better make sure to be early, there are not a lot of them.
Another thing, bring cash, they don't take plastic. Doh! Luckily Vandelay is like an ATM and he was able to cover my meal. We both opted for the 4 tacos @ $9.50. There are quite a few to choose from and the ones that caught my eye were the: De Lengua, De Cachette, Pescado and Al Pastor. Translated, these are the Braised Pemberton Meadows Beef Tongue, Braised Chilliwack Pork Cheeks, Grilled Fish with Pico de Gallo and Chilliwack Pork Marinated in Chili, Achiote and Pineapple.
As you may already know, I love tongue. No, not the one Viv gives me (well, okay I do... TMI!); but I love beef/pork tongue. It's especially good when it's cooked until it's nice and tender. Simply garnished with onion and cilantro, the tongue taco was delicious. Honestly, if you've never tried tongue (that sounded funny), this is the best way to do it. It seems that anything "cheek" is on the menu everywhere. I'm glad because that's another one of my favs in the meat department. Generally, the meat in the cheeks are quite tender if cooked properly. And this was no exception with the cheek taco. Again garnished only with onion and cilantro, the braised cheeks were not only tender, they were well seasoned.
Topped with pico de gallo and pickled cabbage, the fish tacos were also outstanding. Why outstanding? The fish was only partially cooked where most of it was still rare. This is perfect since overcooked fish is no better than canned tuna. Lastly, the Chilliwack pork was quite flavourful due to the moderately spicy sweet sauce. The pineapples were a nice flavour addition giving both sweetness and tartness. I'm gonna say it. To me at least, I think these are the best tacos I've had in the GVRD, even better than those at Dona Cata.
- Nice selection of tacos
- Perfectly cooked meats
- Not a lot of places to sit
- Lineups are common