It was opening day at Frida's Taqueria at the Brentwood Country Mart today. As a BCM local, I thought it my duty to give them a try immediately upon their long-delayed opening.
I had grabbed a to go menu with the intent to call and pre-order food. But when I called the #, I reached a nice woman who does not run a taco shop. They printed the wrong # on the menu. Not a good sign in the attention to detail dept., but I pressed on.
Arrived in person at 1230PM and waited in a short line and ordered at the window:
- tacos - cochinita pibil, barbacoa, asada, carnitas, pollo con mole, pollo regular.
- sopes - carnitas, asada
- chips, salsa, beans, rice
It was opening day, so they apologized about the lack of cochinita pibil and barbacoa, but the others were available so I ran home with my sack of tacos and got down to business.
Tacos - very generously stuffed, served on small corn tortillas (not fresh, I don't think)
Mole - good, saucy, tasty
Carnitas - VERY salty, but good
Asada - kind of gray and lacking any char or crunch.
Pollo - tasted like chicken
Sopes - I've seen thicker, more rustic sopes at a half-dozen places, but they were piled high with good stuff. The salty beans plus salty carnitas made for a little bit too salty of an experience. The asada sope suffered from the not so complex meat and the salty beans, but the whole combo was admittedly enjoyable.
Chips - salty and good.
Beans - Salty but good.
Rice - not quite right, but I like where they're going. They'll get the texture right in the next week or so.
Green Salsa - good, fresh, spicy; Orange Salsa - good, smoky, fresh and spicy
All this grub and a diet coke was $32, ready promptly, and packaged neatly for easy transit. I will definitely be back. If Frida is this good on day one, I'm excited to see what they can do come Cinco de Mayo.
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