So yesterday my buddy says he wants a taco, and I tell him about the Green Chile Pork Taco and Chile con Queso at Torchy's at Little Woodrow's on 6th. We cruise over there, and sure enough, the trailer is MIA. A few construction workers were cleaning up the area, so I don't know what happened to it. No mention on the website at all.
So he mentions Maria's on South Lamar and we head over there. I am a Al Pastor fan, and I had previously tried their version, and although it was a larger serving than most, I found the meat quite bland. Chango's version of the Al Pastor is very flavorful, but the tacos are a little skimpy on meat. I decided to give Maria's another shot, and went with the Crispy Taco combo with rice and refried beans. The meat was ground heavily, to the point of it being a smooth type mixture not unlike the type I'd get a Pancho's when I was in college in west Texas. Mixed in potatoes and heavy on the liquid and bagged HEB cheese, these tacos were under Taco Bueno (soon to be in Austin) quality. The beans were easily the blandest refried beans I have ever tasted. I normally never put any salt on my food, and I loaded these up with salt and onions to get the taste agreeable. Oh, Maria with your arms open wide, I shall never return.