I always like to try to the local specialties wherever I go, so when I heard about puffy tacos, I had to try them. It was suggested that I come here, since this is where they were supposedly invented.
For those who (like me) hadn’t heard of them before: A puffy taco is like a cross between a soft taco and a hard-shell taco. The uncooked tortilla is deep-fried so that it puffs up. This makes it crispy without being hard.
The restaurant is one of those places that has a bar in the center and big-screen TVs all over the place. This makes the atmosphere either good or bad, depending on what you are looking for. With the football games that were being shown while we were there, it made the place feel like a sports pub. Unlike an actual bar though, there were lots of families with small children. As was the case when a previous reviewer was there, many of these small children were screaming. Music was loud. There were a couple of tables of very loud guys that had obviously been drinking. A lot. One of the guys kept getting up and yelling as he walked around the place. Staff acted as though this is a normal occurrence. It made the older people with us feel uncomfortable. It was definitely not a family environment, even though there were families there.
I got a puffy taco plate with two tacos, one beef fajita taco and one chicken fajita taco. Others in the group got the picadillo ones. Tacos come with lettuce and tomatoes. You have to pay extra if you want any other toppings. There was too much lettuce for my taste, but it was easy enough to remove what I didn’t want. The tacos were greasy, but that’s to be expected in something that just came of a deep fryer. The meat in the tacos had a good flavor, and I’d recommend the beef fajita tacos over the chicken ones. Everyone that got the picadillo tacos said they were good. Our chips were flavorless and tasted stale, though the salsa had a good flavor. The rice was awful. The flavor was good, but it was much too mushy, as though it had been cooked with too much liquid. Service was adequate.
Even though we liked our tacos, we’re not likely to go back because of the environment. If I ever find myself wanting a puffy taco again, I’d most likely try them somewhere else.
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