I pulled into the gas station at the Southeast corner of Rainbow and Charleston on the way home from work around lunchtime today. I had every intention of saving my money for the pump, and going home to eat. But a little cardboard sign caught my eye: "Senior Taco. Home-made Tortillas!"
OK, I had to check it out. This little place at the corner of 1114 S. Rainbow in Las Vegas looks like every other taco spot in Vegas. But the food is the draw. I ordered a taco de pollo and two carnitas tacos, along with some water. The guy who took my order offered me chips...good call. Those were home made, probably made from the homemade tortillas as well. Delicious!! The chips gave me a chance to try the four or five salsas at the salsa bar..salsa cruda was my favorite but then it always is. They also had delicious (and probably homemade) zanahorias. The real deal!
My tacos were delivered to my table a few minutes later. I started with the chicken taco. The tortilla did indeed taste homemade, and was fresh and tasty. The chicken was, well, chicken. Tired after a long work week, I began to read one of Spanish-language newspapers that are available. At some point I picked up the first of the carnitas tacos, took a bite, and my mouth did a double take. Those were some of the best carnitas I have had in a long time. Certainly the best I've had in Las Vegas in the six or so months I've been here. They were crispy and chewy, just the right texture, with the perfect flavor of a little bit of spice and plenty of pork fat. YUM! I quickly caught the server's eye and ordered another one. So much for my "little" lunch....I'm still full. The tacos are medium-sized, with a generous serving of meat, onions and cilantro.
I picked up a menu, and I noticed that two of my favorites (Huevos Rancheros and Albondigas) are featured, along with cocido and several other favorites. I'll have to make a habit of lunching here.....
The place was not crowded, one or two other people at most. I chatted briefly with the owners (its family owned) as I was leaving...it seems clear that they are feeling the economic pinch a bit. I complimented them on the carnitas and was told "tell your friends!" So consider yourselves told. If you like carnitas, you'll love this place!