Review: Sometimes Tasty Minus the Price Tag
Taqueria del Sol isn’t a place that I would seek out or wait in line for, but it’s worth our attention. The food, much like the minimalist decor, comes across as tasteful in some cases and boring in others. But complaints only have so much merit when talking about $2 tacos. The restaurant is very much a product of urban trends. Dirty carpets, mariachi bands or a numbered menu won’t be found here. In their place is a bright, clean space with a limited menu offering tacos with the occasional twist.
The cheese dip tasted how you would expect typical cheese dip to taste. My favorite of the night was the Carnita, a soft taco filled with fork-tender pork, salsa frita, cilantro & onions. The filling really came together nicely except that the juices from the pork made the soft-taco too soft. Coming in a close second was the Memphis taco which was filled with spicy jalapeños cole slaw and drizzled with tequila BBQ sauce. The cole slaw wasn’t spicy in the least bit and I couldn’t taste any tequila in the sauce, but the taco was still quite tasty. On the downside, I found my fish taco to be unremarkable, but the item seems to be a favorite among many Taqueria Del Sol fans. The worst item of the night was my roasted chicken enchilada with a lemon cream sauce. The chicken was dry and bland and the sauce was boring and flavorless. Nearly everything about this enchilada fell flat.
For all the dishes I tried and for as good as a few of them were, I shelled out only around $14. Still I’m unimpressed. I think I’ll treat tacos at Tacqueria Del Sol like a box of nearby Wheat Thins: only eaten when options are scarce and the timing very convenient.