First off, yes I am an official TACO SCOUT and yes that IS pretty much a made up position that I created just so I can justify sampling ALL.THE.TACOS! Well technically, this job does exists, but it’s already been filled by some lucky dude who scouted for the best of the best tacos for the Netflix series The Taco Chronicles. BUT I have decided that this is a topic I am going to explore and I plan to blog about it weekly, so I think it’s a somewhat legit endeavor or a very skilled way of eating more tacos,
Los Tacos is the quintessential “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” type of place, located off Highway 98 in Daphne appearances can be deciving but the taste is authentic. In addition to the Daphne location, they have spots in Fairhope and Foley.
First off, I don’t think you can go wrong with any of their tacos (or honestly anything on their menu) but I ordered two of my favorites: Tacos de Carnitas and Tacos al Pastor. Los Tacos offers all of your typical Mexican taco staples (chicken, beef shredded and ground) but it’s worth stepping out of your comfort zone, you won’t be disappointed.
Tacos de Carnitas
Carnitas are typically shoulder of pork that’s been slow cooked and seasoned with herbs, pulled apart, and then oven-roasted until slightly crisp (think the Mexican version of pulled pork), then shredded and stuffed into tacos. Mine were served on soft corn tortillas and topped with cilantro and onion. The combination of the meltingly tender slightly spicy meat and with crunch of the onion and the cilantro were pure perfection. Unfortunately, I forgot to ask for salsa verde which is my favorite from the salsa bar (and they will gladly put into to-go containers for you) but even without the salsa the taco was excellent!
Al Pastor is the original fusion taco, developed in central Mexico it is based on shawarma spit-grilled meat brought by Lebanese immigrants to Mexico. The English translation of al pastor is “in the style of the shepherd.” Mexican shepherds adapted the Lebanese style of spit-roasting lamb, using pork instead. My taco was served on corn tortillas and topped with finely chopped onions and cilantro. The meat was flavorful but not overly spicy and again even without the salsa verde it was excellent.
If you are looking for relatively authentic wallet friendly Mexican in the Eastern Shore Area I would recommend giving Los Tacos a chance — it is a hidden gem of a restaurant with fantastic food and friendly staff.
I am already looking forward to my Taco Scouting next week. If you have suggestions on fantastic tacos in the Baldwin/Mobile County or Pensacola areas let me know. And if you have a taco craving go give Los Tacos a chance — it is a hidden gem of a restaurant with fantastic food and friendly staff. I am already looking forward to my Taco Scouting next week. If you have suggestions on fantastic tacos in the Baldwin/Mobile County or Pensacola areas let me know.