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Report: Chronic Tacos at Broadway and Yukon


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Report: Chronic Tacos at Broadway and Yukon

tangentdesign | Oct 5, 2010 02:03 PM

Peer in the window of Chronic Tacos (Broadway and Yukon) and you'll see what looks like a genero modern bistro / sports bar - leather booths, bar tables, flat screen tvs. This gives the impression of a sit down restaurant with servers but that's not the case. Chronic is really a fast food outlet, modelled on the Subway "point to what you want" school. The food counter is somewhat hidden in the back of the restaurant and that's where you order, customize, pay and walk away with your plastic tray laden with mexi-food housed in branded wax paper. The incongruity pretty well stops there, because you quickly realize that the interior design is trumping the food. Tacos are like hamburgers - many places make them but not many make them well. The stock ingredients vary slightly but the nuances are what separates an average taco from a great taco. I ordered a round of three - carnitas, fish and chicken - and quickly realized, as the server loaded up, that this place probably serves the most generous tacos in town. This compensates for above average pricing (more than $3 per taco) and you could easily get away with two, three max. All in all, though, pretty middling food. The tortillas were not sufficiently warmed and lacked flexibility. The fillings, too, were cold, pretty flavourless and everything was bulked out with shredded lettuce and, disappointingly, grated yellow and white cheese food product. I smothered it all with hot sauce and then wrestled to finish it all. I was full but it was only a slight upgrade from Taco Time at the mall. Pretty well the only option in the neighbourhood, though.

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