Sometimes when you are wet, cold-- and starving-- the food gods will throw you a juicy, warm bone. Today (a Monday) at around 4 pm (Monday = chef's day off, an unlikely day to make a MAJOR find) the food gods threw a big one my way. I was in Lambertville, needing warm food. I stumbled onto a little corner grocery that flashed the TACOS sign in its window. I was on Main Street, near the corner of Church, when the food gods illumined my path.
Inside the door, a small grocety with a very active little kitchen in the back-- 3 kitchen workers. The woman at the counter produced a menu. My stomach growled-- the menu listed a selection of Tacos (all $2/each) and Tortas (around $7) and, pouncing, I ordered 3 tacos-- 2 different kids of marinated pork (one with pineapple) and one carne asada. I took one of 4 seats at a small counter, and awaited the food. Ten minutes and my plate came out--- wow. Three gorgeous tacos, piping warm and flanked by 2 salsas-- one a creamy guacomole, the other a fiery red caliente. The first one went into the red salsa and then into my mouth. Carumba! A reason to live, to continue seeking the true grail of flavor. And to discover here in rainy Lambertville. Not that I haven't had good food in Lambertville-- but usually accompanied with a strong check. The six dollars I was now spending at Tacos Cancun was bringing me the ultimate reward. REAL food, real flavor-- authentico-- the real deal. Suddenly, I was 2500 miles away, at a tacoria in southern Arizona, or even somewhere in sunny Pacific Mexico or Baja California.
Wherever a significant poplulation of Mexican people exist, be it somewhere in Illinois, New Jersey, or even Alaska-- there is a small spot just like Tacos Cancun to provide their real native flavors and textures. This Tacoria did just that. Tacos Cancun is a true blast of real savor. I will return there, and will go well out of my way even if I am not really hungry. Tacos Cancun serves the real deal, a glorious little flavor bomba rolled into a soft, warm taco. The puercos were stellar, the carne asada IMMENSE-- smokey, glorious street food. Go there, enjoy....
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