ELV note: East Charleston Blvd. between Maryland Parkway and Eastern is fast becoming its very own micro-climate of fast, fresh Mexican food. Here are three of the best — worth seeking out if you can pull yourselves out of Summ-r-lame or whatever white bread micro-climate you hale from…
Tacos el Gordo…. [nggallery id=819]…opened a couple of weeks ago in an old Wendy’s across the parking lot from the original Los Tacos. It is an awkward (to say the least) experience not recommended for those who aren’t fluent in Spanish. Even if they were speaking the King’s English , it would be difficult to fathom how and who to order from here, as you walk in and are immediately confronted by three stations in front of which a cluster of folks are standing about, jabbering to themselves and/or to the cooks, who are each cooking something different (and ready to take your order), or preoccupied so they either ignore you or point you to one of the other stations where at least one of the remaining cooks may or may not be able to take your order. Depending on what you want, that cook may or may not be the one cooking it, or he may motion you to another station, where, in some mystical way known only to Mexican cooks, this fellow will figure out what you want and place it on the pass thr0ugh in front of you, in some chronological order relating to the other two dozen or so folks waiting for their food. Whew!
ELV note #2: We thought we were being a bit harsh on Tacos El Gordo, so we returned last night. It was much less crowded, and easier to navigate. The cooks and staff couldn’t be friendlier to a hapless gringo like yours truly, but we still found the adobada fries a notch or two below the spiciness we were expecting. But the buche (pork stomach/esophagus) tacos were fantastic, and, according to commenter Humberto below, we have to try the mulitas (a quesadilla with cheese melted on the griddle), the next time we’re there….which we will be.
Instead of enduring the humiliation of standing in a freaking restaurant, ready to pay ready cash for decent food, and not receiving the slightest clue how to do so, our staff recommends traveling about a quarter of a mile west on Charleston, looking for a string of Christmas lights on the north side of the street, and grabbing some superior tacos al pastor or chorizo from El Pastorcito… [nggallery id=820]…a taco truck that parks there every Thurs.-Sun. at 7:00 pm.
The al pastor tacos from El Pastorcito seemed tastier, spicier and crunchier to us, and the pineapple salsa they serve in a big bucket was a treat, although the heat and freshness of el Gordo’s salsas were slap-my-ass-and-call-me-Sally-gooood. The cabeza from el Gordo was one of the gamiest we’ve ever had, so on the whole, we had to give our personal taco triumph to El Pastorcito’s combo platter (pictured above).
Of courses, if cluster-f*cks and taco trucks ain’t your thang, there’s always Los Tacos…[nggallery id=810]…for Mexican fast food at its best….and most convenient.
The food pictured above is from the new Los Tacos on West Sahara, and is every bit as tasty and easy to order as the lengua, cabeza, cocteles, al pastor, carnitas, and chorizo at the original…which is right next door to Tacos el Gordo, and much less frustrating to visit.
Dinner for two at any of these will never cost you more than $25 unless you’re built like this.
TACOS EL GORDO
1724 East Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89104
Just east of 15th Street and East Charleston Blvd.
Thurs.-Sun. at 7:00 pm
4101 Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89104