Just returned from one of my most satisfying taco runs in recent memory. Tijuana’s Tacos, located in a Pomona strip mall, has just enriched my life with its tortilla-based poetic expressions. True to its name, Tijuana’s Tacos serves up some incredibly tasty tacos estilo Tijuana, right down to the guacamole and grilled onions and jalapenos.
When I drove up, there were more than a dozen people in a line out the door and all seats were taken, both inside and out. Once in line, I turned around to see that number grow to over 20 yet service remained brisk and orderly. The menu initially appeared huge, stretching the entire length above and behind the counter. However, closer inspection revealed many variations of tacos and burritos in English and Spanish along with huaraches, mulitas, sopes, quesadillas, nachos and drinks. Still, quite an array of offerings.
My order, all tacos for this first, inaugural encounter:
Al Pastor – right off the trompo! Exceptional flavor and texture including a mix of charred, crunchy end pieces, lean chews and soft, fatty bites to round things off. Some of the very best ever!
Chile – simply one of the best tacos I have ever had.
Chorizo – truly delectable, quite lean with very little of the typical oiliness. Vibrant yet mild flavor, well balanced. Seriously good. I would really love some scrambled with eggs later this morning.
“Loco” – an oversize (6-inch) taco rendition made with a combination of Al Pastor, Carne Asada and Chorizo. Whoaa … bomb! It doesn’t get much better than this, ‘Hounds. The Pastor and Chorizo were chopped and blended whereas the Asada was left as a bottom skirt, virtually intact. Poetry in a tortilla.
Tripas – I asked that they be cooked tender, with just a bit of crunch. Done to perfection, so well that I may opt for an all-tripas burrito next time (yeah, I know. Untraditional, cloying. So be it). When properly done, tripas are among my all time favorite offal. Can’t get enough.
Horchata – wonderfully refreshing! I could have drank a gallon of it.
The condiment bar is self-serve and constantly cleaned and replenished by the staff. Included are no less than four different delicious salsas, mixed onions, carrots and jalapenos, sliced limes and cucumbers. Best of all, a large pot of frijoles sat in a receptacle, compliments of Tijuana Tacos. Hey, these were not “just“ free beans. They were absolutely superb, likely cooked slow and low, with a rich flavor and thick gravy to accompany the bits of meat, sausage and peppers therein. These were “family” frijoles, free for the taking with the provided six-ounce cups and tops. I was given three cups with my order and lucked-out to be the first to serve out of a fresh, hot pot. Firme!
Will I return? Ha-ha! If they didn’t close at 2am, I might be on my way back there now.
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485 W Holt Ave, Pomona, CA 91768