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Taco Miendo should be re-named Taco Bland


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Taco Miendo should be re-named Taco Bland

dtud | | Mar 1, 2008 03:12 PM

Wanted a tasty taco this afternoon - so went to king taco. Parking lot was crazy. So, I headed home and stopped at Taco Miendo (pico/gateway) which - some have claimed has tasty food that's comparable.

I just got tacos al carbon (asada and pollo) and a side of beans. i wasn't expecting the pollo to be anything b/c it's pollo. These were $2.25 each! It said hand made tortialla - so i figured, well, why not?

First, nothing was added to the tacos - no cilantro, no onions, no hot sauce, no lime wedge. They do have a salsa bar with these items, but since I didn't know this until I got home - it was a really huge bummer. I mean cilantro, onions and hot sauce are just standard.

The tortillas were cooked - but had not been placed on any type of grill. They were flavorless. Even a little salt would have helped. Usually tacos al carbon have quickly grilled tortillas. These were just floppy and tasteless vehicles for the meat.

So, i figured - well, I'll just eat the meat and skip the boring "hand made" tortilla. The meat had zero flavor on its own. Niether the pollo nor the asada tasted like it had been marinated at all. It was just plain, dull meat. And, the asada was not at all "crispy" from the gill to give it any other interesting flavor.

As for thier "hot" sauce from the salsa bar. They have a pico de gallo type sauce and then a crushed chili-type salsa. Both were fine, but neither was particularly spicy. And neither had any depth of flavor. It was essentially something that would be at paquito mas's salsa bar. And, I'd venture to say that even paquito mas (which I don't love) has better salsas. The salsa verde was classified as "mild" but tasted like nothing.

On top of all of this - the wait was really very long. I had to wait about 15 minutes for 6 tacos and a side of beans. Not great.

I would suggest avoiding this place if you're in the mood for something with flavor. If not - and there seem to be so many of you - enjoy! I'll be one less customer in line.

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