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Taqueria Nacionale lately?

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Jeserf Oct 3, 2007 07:53 AM

I'm heading over to union station to pick something up, and thought I'd run over to Taqueria Nacionale to give it a try.

anyone been lately?

A taco might accompany my boring spinach and white bean salad I brought for lunch quiet well if they're worth the small detour...

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    edd2002 Oct 3, 2007 08:44 AM

    I went a few months ago. I was impressed by the food, but the line was ridiculously long. Of the three tacos I tried, I would say fish was best, followed by pork, then beef. Also, the fruit juice things they have were awesome. Not sure if the line was because it was a non-session day on the Hill, but be prepared to wait.

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      Jeserf Oct 3, 2007 09:53 AM

      well, i went anyway because i was there.

      I got a bean taco - i dont really do meat, so that was that. I'd have appreciated a choice with some veggies in it, but c'est la vie. it was tasty - fresh, and the tortilla was very good.

      i also got yuca chips. they were also OK - i had better on the street at Adams Morgan Day, though.

      The salsa was "meh". The salsa at Taco Fiesta in Harbor East (Baltimore) is considerably better, if you ever make it there.

      I wouldn't run back to return, but I would like to try an agua fresca. i just didnt feel like spending the cash today.

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      1. re: Jeserf
        Dmnkly Feb 27, 2008 09:24 AM

        "The salsa was "meh". The salsa at Taco Fiesta in Harbor East (Baltimore) is considerably better, if you ever make it there."

        Too bad the tacos suck. Dry, flavorless meat all around. And you've got a huge Mexican neighborhood three blocks away. I suppose I understand why Taco Fiesta is packed when Tortilleria Sinaloa and some others nearby are quiet, but that doens't make it any less sad.

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          Jeserf Feb 27, 2008 10:08 AM

          dunno, I don't eat meat so it doesn't matter to me if it's dry and flavorless.

          1. re: Jeserf
            Dmnkly Feb 27, 2008 10:56 AM

            Touche! :-)

            Take my word for it, then. Don't recommend Taco Fiesta to any meateaters. Have them walk a few blocks to Eastern & Broadway and fall into any taco stand within a three block radius. I haven't found one yet that absolutely thrills me (slowly working my way through the 'hood), but even my least favorite that I've encountered there so far blows Taco Fiesto away. Unless you're just looking to pound some margaritas (not that there's anything wrong with that), I fail to see what Taco Fiesta has to offer other than a lack of ethnicity. I can get behind pseudo-Mexican chains as long as they're good pseudo-Mexican, but this ain't it.

            1. re: Dmnkly
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              Jeserf Feb 27, 2008 12:04 PM

              I dunno - they have a great veggie taco salad, which is all I've had there, and a very good selection of salsas.

              nice service.

              It's not authentic, but I never claimed it was

              1. re: Jeserf
                Dmnkly Feb 27, 2008 12:19 PM

                Don't misunderstand, I'm not criticizing the lack of authenticity, I'm criticizing the lack of flavor :-)

                I have not, however, tasted the veggie taco salad.

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                  Jeserf Feb 28, 2008 04:14 AM

                  well, I happen to think the salsa was super flavorful (was = I no longer travel to baltimore, sadly).

                  the veggie taco salad was awesome whenever i had it - not mushy, etc.

                  i think all beef kinda tastes terrible, so i can't measure

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