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Category: Tacos

El Toro Taqueria

Hipster-style Mexican fare in Fort Greene.

What We Had

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My DH had the Carne Asada Burrito – which was great. Flavorful meat, good rice, great toppings.

I (shocker!) had 3 tacos – Steak & Kimchee, Carnitas Pork, and Chicken Mole – all three were fantastic in their own way. The steak & Kimchee was sweet and succulent with just a hint of heat; the carnitas was juicy and satisfying; and the chicken mole was complex and a little earthy.

The rice and beans were also great. Beans with a little bite left in them, rice with actual taste instead of dryness.

In subsequent visits, I’ve had pretty much all of the tacos – and while they are all good, the chilled shrimp is my least favorite. The DH pretty much sticks with the burrito each time we visit. We have also had the chips – and while store bought, they’re good. The salsa, not so much. Too watery. My DH also always orders the Mexican Coke.

Decor

Minimal with lots of woods.

Service

Counter.

Overall Impressions

This place is good – and we find ourselves eating here often.

Rating

4 out of 5 for well thought out combos and good meat.

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Benny’s Burritos

San Francisco style Cal Mex in the village.

What We Had

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I had the Chicken Chipotle Tacos – 2 pulled chicken, tomatillo salsa and black bean tacos with a salsa fresco salad – Nicely seasoned, juicy chicken and good beans – too wet to eat as a traditional taco, but very tasty all the same.

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My DH had the Blackened Chicken Burrito – His was really nicely seasoned – the best burrito (outside of Moe’s) we’ve had in quite a long time. It hit the Moe’s button a fair amount, too, especially since the Moe’s up here are very hit and miss quality-wise.

I also had a Virgin Mango Margarita – Frozen and delicious on a hot afternoon.

And my DH had a Dos Equis on tap.

We also ordered chips and salsa, which was good and fresh.

Decor

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Old bar looking interior with minimal decor and lots of sun.

Service

Not the speediest service on the block.

Overall Impressions

A great find. The menu is huge and varied, the burritos punch the Moe’s button, and the tacos weren’t bad at all.

Rating

4 out of 5 for being better than expected, despite lackluster service.

Taqueria de Los Muertos

Taqueria de Los Muertos

Tacos just off Prospect Park.

What We Had

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I had 3 tacos: turkey with mole, tongue with tomatillo and pork with spices.

Great turkey – really nice spice. Good tongue – tender and well seasoned with a bare hint of wild and orange.
Decent pork – a little sweet but tons of spice.

These tacos were huge; 2 was more than enough.

My DH ordered the burrito with chicken, but received a burrito with steak. he wasn’t came out as steak, but it was really flavorful. Huge.

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We also ordered chips & salsa. The chips were fresh and unsalted; the salsa was chunky and bright. We both drowned everything in heaps of salt, lime and Chaula.

Decor

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Cute decor – very open for a tiny space, cafe feel, lots of sugar skulls.

Service

Not bad for such a casual eatery.

Overall Impressions

This is a great little find. Solid tacos, huge burritos, and a pleasant walk from the park.

Rating

4 out of 5 for an easy, relaxed time with surprisingly good food.

Lucy’s Cantina Royale

One part cool architecture (if you like sleek & modern), one part cantina bar bordering Madison Square Garden near Penn Station.

What We Had

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My DH had the Roast Pork Burrito with garlic-cilantro marinade, refried beans, mexican rice, lettuce, pico, jack cheese, sour cream, and guacamole. The meat was nicely seasoned and tender and the dish had a nice balance.

Not his all time favorite (Moe’s), but a decent substitute. His burrito also came with a really nice salsa verde. It wasn’t the green crack Moe’s serves, but it was good enough to stave off the proverbial shakes.

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I had the Skirt Steak Tacos with chipotle-tomato marinade, pico and lettuce. My meat was also seasoned nicely and my tacos were good. Refreshingly cheese-free, as well.

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We split an order of Paper Bag Tortilla Chips with Tequila-laced Salsa (our dishes did not come with chips). The tortillas had salt! And they weren’t greasy!

The salsa was really nice – smoky, spicy, bright, really deep — the tequila was very understated and blended well enough that my tequila-adverse self didn’t ick out.

I also had Tropical Tea! I was so excited the tea came out tropical-flavored. I adore this type of tea and had resigned myself to having left it behind in South Florida after the move.

D├ęcor

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The downstairs eating area is bright and beachy with a fresh Baja vibe.

Be forewarned: if you are planning on imbibing some of this bars’ selection of tequila; the bathroom is down 3 narrow flights of stairs you share with kitchen staff. It’s doable, but might be dicey if drunk in heels.

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Service

Not the best, but not totally horrible. I would imagine it might be next to non-existent at night, but that is purely speculation. Our particular server wasn’t the most attentive I’ve ever seen during a lunch service.

Overall Impressions

We were first attracted by the rooftop bar – it is really eyecatching and looks like a nice place to lounge in the shade on a sunny afternoon. Apparently they have ‘top of the hour’ tequila shots & fishbowls up there, and it’s open year-round. I have a strong feeling my opinion of this place would change dramatically after 4 pm.

Rating

A cautious 4 out of 5 on food alone with a strong possibility of unbridled douchebaggery at happy hour and beyond.

EDIT: We revisited recently (May 2013), and the food is not at all what it once was. The salsa was ok but ketchupy, the tacos were bland, and the burritos were tasteless. The service has also gotten worse. 2.75. Still edible, but not anything special.