Local, fresh ingredients make the Taco Joint a favorite for Mexican but beware the salsa

Aug 16, 2018

The Taco Joint (Coronel Talbot 8-66 and Simon Bolivar), open since March, is already becoming an established feature of the San Sebastian neighborhood.

It is a tiny place, with a single table for four and seating for a few more at the counter. A pass-through window to the street makes for a most convenient opportunity for casual take-out meals. The menu is surprisingly large, featuring . . . (duh) tacos. Soft shell tacos, crunchy tacos, tacos with beef or with chicken, regular tacos, and, tacos supreme. The Joint also makes empanadas, burritos, hamburgers, sandwiches, and tostadas. They serve beer, wine, and soft drinks, and also sell a nice selection of King Smokehouse meats and cheeses. The staff speaks English.

You can get the tacos in soft or hard shell.

Their regular tacos have beef, cheese, and lettuce, for only $1 each. We sampled their soft shell beef Supreme Tacos, which also had tomatoes and guacamole, for $1.50 each. Their in-house-made tortillas give the tacos a fresh and lively flavor complimented by the organic produce they use, provided by Gran Roca Farm. The tacos are very tasty, though when I was eating them, the sauce leaked out the downcast end of the taco and all over my shirt. Consider yourselves warned. If this happens to you, the phrase, “I’ll eat my shirt,” may sound like an idea worth considering.

The Taco Joint keeps it simple.

We also ordered some burritos, $4.50 each, which were ginormous beef and rice torpedos, almost too big for me to wrap my mouth around, are a bit picante, exceptionally tasty, and very filling. Jackie and I shared one, and it was a very satisfying meal, especially after two tacos.

We ordered everything to go and walked over to a friend’s house nearby to eat. All in all, it was inexpensive, convenient and tasty.

Postscript:  The Taco Shop is committed to assisting refugees and migrants fleeing hostilities in their home country by providing a welcoming environment and positive support whenever possible.

The Taco Joint, 8-66 Coronel Talbot y Simon Bolivar; Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day of the week; Cash only; Notes: Disabled accessible; Pet-friendly. Family oriented. Inexpensive Limited seating; Reviewers comment: Recommended.

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