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AreaTaquerias: Tacos lupita, El Pelon, La Verdad

opinionatedchef | Feb 3, 201106:07 PM

O.K., so give me a minute to put on my bullet proof vest. Most Boston CHs are (too) aware that we are La Verdad fans for their carne asada and fish tacos and fresh hand pressed tortillas. Well, having been cooped up far too long with all the snow, we set out today to do some comparative taco tasting. In the past we have eaten at : Dorado, Anna's, Zocalo, Ole.

Having read raves of some El Pelon items, we started here, 4pm, and this was our experience:

Fish tacos- thick crunchy cornmeal crust on 1/2" cubes of ...cod? tilapia? tasted like fish sticks fish. Chile tartar sauce not a hit. The fish alone makes this product a 2 compared to La Verdad's 10.

Carnitas Taco and Carne Asada taco and Burrito: i had to laugh as we each lifted up a taco for a first bite and, before our hands got 1/2 way to our mouths, the whole thing fell apart . MC, i know you're listening. A single tortilla but, unlike La Verdad, not handmade and thus not thicker and thus>> fell-apart. As a taco decomposed, the carnitas filling had excellent and complex flavor; the pork braise obviously had alot of well-balanced spiing. The carne asada had good flavor in the taco version, but in the Guapo Burrito it was drowned out by all the other components. My Love declared the carne assado quesadilla 'bland.' sigh. Very good refried beans.

Tacos Lupita, 6:30 pm:
such nice people but .......
-- carne asada on (double) taco was disgustingly dried out/ old/cooked too many times>>flavor and texture of cardboard.
--Lengua- i still am disgusted by its flavor; my problem, not theirs.
--The Pastor filling was excellent flavor and a bit overcooked but not terribly so. Unfortunately, we did not know that their quesadillas are unusual : inside two high quality flour tortillas is found your meat of choice plus: tomatoes, crema, cheese, lettuce, pickled onions, rice, beans, ! Yikes- a burrito in quesadilla clothing!Our 2nd Quesadilla Pastor was much better when we had them leave off the rice and lettuce and onions so we could taste the noteworthy Pastor.

-- Mulitas Pastor :this presentation was certainly a new one for me. Two unusually thick (3/16") and toothsome freshly pressed corn tortillas were sandwiched w/ carnitas and cheese, and griddled. They really are the cornmeal equivalent of a quesadilla. Delicious but scant on meat, they were an overwhelmingly masa experience. Similar but not as good or easy to eat was the gordita-a single thick tortilla split open like a pita pocket and filled with meat and lettuce.

I drive past TL at least once a week, but i would go back to Tacos Lupita only for the Mulita Pastor or Quesadilla Pastor, both of which i would recommend. we were always fans of Anna's pastor, but haven't had it for awhile. We don't care for La Verdad's pastor; too sweet.

(btw, for previous TL posters: i believe the elusive component in their spicy red sauce condiment- is cinnamon.)

Per other CH threads, we want to try Taco Loco in E.Somerville and Villa Mexico in Boston, and Felipe's in Harv Sq. and Taqueria Mexico in Waltham , but as it stands right now, La Verdad is the hands down winner for us with their Carne Asada tacos and their Tacos Pescado. The beef is much higher quality that elsewhere, with the bonuses of an excellent marinade and fire grill flavor. The fish is Haddock, superior in flavor, portion size and shape, and frying. ( Dorado's fish taco comes very close but sauces are wanting in comparison to LV.)
LV corn tortillas are superb. Sauces that adorn the tacos- salsa, chipotle mayo, crema, guacamole- all superior to any we tasted today.

El Pelon
2197 Commonwealth Ave., Brighton, MA 02135

La Verdad
1 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215

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