A Whole New World…With New Taco Trucks To Explore (Don Panchito – North Williamsburg)

Don Panchito (North Williamsburg)

Don Panchito (North Williamsburg)

Welcome back to our wonderful world of taco words and phrases! We apologize for the summer hiatus, but sometimes life gets between you and your chorizo dreams. We’re happy to be back though, and with some new and exciting scenarios and a brand new website design to soon share with you. We promise never to leave you wondering where to get your tortilla fix again!

Another new change is the slut now operates out of North Williamsburg for his day job. Trust me, if you like taco trucks this is the neighborhood for you. In my less-than-half-mile stroll from the L-stop to my office I walk past a minimum of 4 taco trucks daily. My first experience in the new ‘hood, and the subject of this post, was Don Panchito, which sets up shop daily on the corner of Bedford and Metropolitan (across the street from The Endless Summer Taco Truck that I’m told I need to hit up immediately).

Now please do not take this statement as a dig at Don Panchito, but if you were to picture a generic ‘authentic’ New York City taco truck, that is what Don Panchito looks like. But if we’ve learned anything over the course of the past few years doing this, its that you can’t judge a book by its cover and you damn sure can’t judge a taco truck by its generic side-of-the-truck menu. After all, my favorite taco truck of all time (EL Carrito Rojo) would also fit nicely into this description. So with that in mind I took a walk down the tortilla highway this past week and this is the path it led me down.

Pollo Taco - Alas, we could have judged this taco truck by its generic side-of-the-truck menu, as the chicken taco was in fact generic. It wasn’t bad and it touched all the right bases condiment wise (salsa verde, onions, radish, cilantro), but the chicken was under seasoned and a little dry. I ate it down quick and with no regrets, but lets just say with the abundance of tortilla dispensing vehicles in the area, I doubt this was enough to bring me back. I give it a 2.5 out of 5 tortillas.

From Left to Right: Chicken Taco, Chorizo Taco

From Left to Right: Chicken Taco, Chorizo Taco

Chorizo Taco – What a surprise…the chorizo taco was better than the chicken taco at a truck with a generic side-of-the-truck menu on it. The chorizo again came with the right stuff in theory (see chicken description), but it didn’t wow me. It also was a bit salty, even for a chorizo tacos. I might have just caught them at a bad time, but this wasn’t enough to bring me back here specifically amongst the taco truck jungle it resides in either. I give this a 3 out of 5 tortillas rating. On to Endless Summer!

- The Slut

Don Panchito Taco Truck
(corner of Bedford & Metropolitan)
North Williamsburg, Brooklyn 11211

Website: Keeping it retro, no websites just taco bites
Facebook: No dice here either, maybe they’re on Friendster?
Twitter: Nope, and I checked they’re not on Friendster either.


¡Viva @TacosELBronco! (Tacos El Bronco Food Truck Video Review – Sunset Park)

Hello taco friends!

We hope you’ve been having a great summer! Apologies for the hiatus…we’ll be back up and running this autumn. For now, here’s another delightful video review from our friend Nick:

Nick checked out the Tacos El Bronco truck out in Sunset Park Brooklyn. Here’s a quick recap of his bites. Check the video for the full flavor review!

Chorizo Taco – Peppery and hot! Topped with cilantro and raw onions. But nothing spectacular. ¡Pobrecito! 2.5 out of 5 tortillas.

Al Pastor Taco –  The Supreme Leader of Tacos! Perfectly seared, spiced meat, with chopped pineapples! This taco get that rare and glorious 5 out of 5 tortillas.

Thank you Nick! Please check out more of Nick’s videos at his YouTube page, right over here!

Tacos El Bronco Food Truck
37th Street and 5th Avenue
Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Websitehttp://www.tacoselbronco.com/
Facebook: El Bronco Friends!
TwitterEl Bronco Tweets!


Happy Birthday America! Liberty & Tacos For All!

The Taco Slut and I wish you all a very happy 4th of July!

Consider adding tacos to your American BBQ party today!

 

Abraham Lincoln – Historic Taco Slut

(Lincoln Taco Credit: Matt Savoury. Check out his work at mswork.tumblr.com)


Tacos + Punk together? How Bazaar! (@Oaxacatacos Review – @BKBazaar Edition)

Photo (11)

Okay, so maybe tacos and punk fit naturally together…particularly when cheap beer is thrown into the mix and it takes place in Williamsburg. Still, I’m a sucker for puns and OMC, so as bad as it was, I couldn’t resist the title. Anyways, Brooklyn Bazaar is a pretty sweet night market that takes place in BK every Friday and Saturday night. Its basically the market scene from Aladdin but darker and there is Modelo spilled everywhere. Every weekend they have an awesome array of independent vendors, live music, food carts and art…plus blacklight minigolf and table tennis. If they had Big Buck Hunter there legitimately might never be a reason to leave this place.

The Doc and I were meeting the dudes from PUP before their gig at BKBazaar recently. The plan was to get beers at The Turkey’s Nest around the block and then take the dudes out for some quality tacos before their show. Turns out they had tickets for free tacos from Oaxaca’s cart inside the bazaar, so rather than venturing farther away we retreated back with them after Turkey’s Nest to give Oaxaca a go.

The Doc had already given the Park Slope locale a rollercoaster of a review last year, but we decided to still write these up to see how the taqueria faired away from its home court. Here’s what we discovered…

Papas y Rajas - Roasted potatoes and poblanos peppers…these are a few of my favorite things. This taco came with a few of my other favorite things too, like pickled red onions, pico, salsa verde, avocado salsa, cotija and cilantro. Good ole fashion Mexican street food. I respected the taco, and I’m going to say it wasn’t the fact that I was already drunk before I started eating that made this the case. 3 out of 5 tortillas.

photo

Drunken Attempt at a photo…Papas y Rajas (right) Chicken Guisado (left)

Chicken Guisado – This taco was my favorite of the pair on the night. Slow-simmered chicken marinaded with guajillo peppers and served with pickled red onion, salsa roja, avocado salsa, cotija and cilantro. Classic chicken taco that really hit the spot. 3.5 out of 5 tortillas.

Doc's Script - Al Pastor & Korean

Doc’s Script – Al Pastor & Korean

Al Pastor – I’m a sucker for pork and pineapple tacos. Now, this wasn’t as good as my aforementioned Park Slope outing last year, but still a satisfying taco. Again, this isn’t the normal setting for the Oaxaca tacos, so taco beggars can’t be taco choosers. I still ate it and smiled. 3.5 out of 5 tortillas.

Korean – The specially marinated beef in this taco was STELLAR. This was topped with some kimchi and a delicious spicy sauce. I kept saying to our buddy Andrew, “Dude! This taco is so good! I mean, have you tried it yet? I should’ve gotten two of these!” Yeah, I should have. 5 out of 5 tortillas.

Brooklyn Night Bazaar
165 Banker Street
Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Websitehttp://bkbazaar.com/
FacebookBazaar Friends!
Twitter: Bazaar Tweets!

Oaxaca Taqueria

Websitehttp://www.oaxacatacos.com/
FacebookTaco Friends!
TwitterTaco Tweets!

PUP - 5 out of 5 tortillas. Photo Credit: Andrew Buttermilch

PUP – 5 out of 5 tortillas.
Photo Credit: Andrew Buttermilch

Love & Guac,

TS + the Doc


Kickstart My Guac (@ChavelasNYC Review – Crown Heights)

Before I even tell you about the tacos (and they were satisfying), you need to know about the guacamole.

Dat Guac

I mean, yes, Chavela’s does offer a standard “classic” guacamole. I’m sure it’s delicious and good but I’m not interested in writing about that. My dinner partner and I immediately noticed a special version, with smoked trout, pico de gallo and chile salsa. With great curiosity, and a little hesitation, we dove in.

Let’s be clear: If you don’t like smoked fish, you’re not going to like this. I myself am a fan and I absolutely loved this guacamole. It tasted like a Mexican take on lox and cream cheese. We could not stop attacking the guac, spreading it on  crispy tortilla rounds again and again. It also had a very spicy kick, which I tried to cool with a refreshing grapefruit margarita. (It didn’t work. So hot.) If you’re up for a flavor adventure, you have to get this.

Now onto the true objects of our affection…

Carne Enchilada, Nopales, Pescado

Carne Enchilada, Nopales, Pescado

Carne Enchilada - It’s pretty had to resist a taco that offers chunks of both roasted pork AND pineapples. They’re an unimpeachable flavor duo that BEGS to be devoured. MORE PLEASE. 4 out of 5 tortillas.

Nopales –  I was looking forward to this cactus taco, but found it to be disappointing. If there wasn’t a hunk of avocado in the taco, I’m not sure I would have finished this one. There are other catcus tacos out there… 2 out of 5 tortillas.

Pescado –  A redeeming third taco to close out this trio. Delightfully crispy with some chipotle mayonnaise and cabbage to add some crunch. PRO TIP: I schmeared some of that smoked guac onto this taco, creating a next level fish taco experience. 4 out of 5 tortillas.

I would definitely make the trek out to Crown Heights for another round of tacos at Chavela’s. Word on the street is that their brunch is not to be missed…

- Doc

Chavelas Restaurant
736 Franklin Avenue
Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Websitehttp://www.chavelasnyc.com/
FacebookTaco Friends!
TwitterTaco Tweets!


Down on the Corner…(@LaEsquinaNY Review – Nolita)

photo 1

A few months ago, I was drunkenly wandering through Nolita with my good buddy Tone-tilla, when we happened to walk past this little ‘diner-lookin’-tortilla-joint’ across from Petrosino Square. Having just eaten more tacos than I care to admit at Taqueria LES a few hours early, we didn’t stop. Still, I was determined to make it back there eventually as I really dug the vibe of the place. There was, however, a two-fold problem; (1) I didn’t catch the name and (2) I was too drunk to remember how to get there.

Assumably, it would be a while before I finally got to taste these tacos.

Yesterday morning, while I was preparing for a meeting in the Nolita area, Taco Queen was kind enough to look into some taco options I could check out for lunch. I opened her email, and there it was…the third link out of five…my little taco diner-dive, La Esquina! It was like that moment in Charlie & The Chocolate Factory when Charlie finds the golden ticket in the drain after he thinks his dream of visiting the factory was over.

La Esquina is a no-nonsense type of a tortilla ‘bar’. Like almost every other quality taqueria I’ve encountered in the city, its tight quarters mean I would recommend getting your tacos to go. However, on a beautiful spring day like yesterday that’s a moot point as its much more enjoyable to sit across the street in Petrosino Square anyways. This place is decidedly authentic and original. Next time you’ve got a beautiful day and you’re in Nolita, definitely hit La Esquina up for some lunchtime taco goodness.

Here’s a breakdown of the tacos I ate:

Papa, Nopales y Chorizo Taco - chorizo sausage, potatoes, cactus, shredded cabbage, salsa verde

Papa, Nopales y Chorizo Taco – chorizo sausage, potatoes, cactus, shredded cabbage, salsa verde

Papa, Nopales y Chorizo Taco – I was a little bit disappointed in this taco to be honest. Don’t get me wrong…it wasn’t bad, but chorizo (chorizo) and nopales (cactus) are two of my favorite tacos individually so I had high hopes for this guy. Unfortunately, the potatoes were a little bit mushy which overwhelmed the unique texture of the nopales I usually love and the heat of the chorizo. I probably wouldn’t get this taco again, 2.5 out of 5 tortillas

Hongo y Epazote - mushrooms, epazote, hominy, cilantro, salsa roja, queso blanco, rice, chipotle mayo

Hongo y Epazote – mushrooms, epazote, hominy, cilantro, salsa roja, queso blanco, rice, chipotle mayo

Hongo y Epazote Taco – Once again, the mushroom taco wins. I’ve found lately that mushroom tacos are becoming my favorite and this case was no exception. It was reminiscent of my G.O.A.T <greatest of all tacos> from Morocho, and confirmed that epazote is, in fact, an herb I greatly enjoy. On top of that the hominy (basically corn) and rice added a lot to this taco and the queso blanco and chipotle mayo were also delicious. It might have been a bit overstuffed, but in this case I wasn’t mad at that. 4.5 out of 5 tortillas

I’ll be back for the mushroom tacos and to give the rest of this unique menu a try!

La Esquina
114 Kenmare St.
btw Lafayette & Centre
New York, NY 10012

Website: http://www.esquinanyc.com/
Facebook: Taco Friends!
Twitter: Taco Tweets!


Eat Your Brussels Sprouts…No seriously do it (Brussels Sprout and Caramelized Shallot Salsa Taco Recipe)

You know what’s a bullshit myth? That brussels sprouts are gross…

If you’re five-years old, I get it. Your palate isn’t mature enough to understand that these little bundles of nutrition are actually tasty. More importantly, you’re probably too young to have realized that if you smother any vegetable in butter, garlic, salt and pepper it magically becomes delicious. But if you are older than five, do yourself a favor and reassess brussels sprouts…its part of being a functioning member of society…plus butter.

That being said, the Doc stumbled upon this recipe recently and, knowing my love for interesting veggie taco options and brussels sprouts in general, sent it my way. Last night, I finally got the chance to make them, and let’s just say…the next round of Taqueria LES is on me for the Doc as a thank you for putting me on to this.

I won’t clutter this post with directions, as Jessica at How Sweet Eats did an amazing job and I followed her directions to a tee. Instead, I will just tell you why you should, in fact, eat your brussels sprouts…in taco form. These tacos manage to hit all three major points of the flavor triangle…spicy, sweet & savory. The brown sugar-caramelized shallot salsa, which also featured baked grape tomatoes and fresh torn cilantro, is pretty much the sort of awesomeness usually reserved for slow-cooking delicious meats. That sweetness is balanced beautifully by the healthy dose of salt in this recipe (not too mention butter), and finally throw in the way the garlic/paprika/red pepper flake combo punches through to add a perfect amount of kick and you’ve got a pretty interesting flavor party going on in every bite. When you sprinkle a little manchego cheese into the mix, you end up with one hell of a taco.

Bottom line is this, ask yourself these three questions; do you like nopales (cactus) tacos? Do you like butter? Are tacos god’s greatest gift? If you answered yes to at least two of these questions then eat these tacos…eat lots of these tacos!

Brussels Sprout and Caramelized Shallot Salsa Tacos

Brussels Sprout and Caramelized Shallot Salsa Tacos

The directions one more time in case you missed them –> http://www.howsweeteats.com/2014/01/brussels-sprouts-tacos-with-caramelized-shallot-salsa/

Love & Guac,

TS


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 196 other followers