Tacos Mexico Rico (Vancouver, Mexican Taco, Pictures)
With all this talk about Mexican Food in Vancouver (or lack thereof), I thought I'd give an old favourite a visit. Taco Mexico Rico is now located on West Pender after many years on West Hastings. It is an inexpensive and authentic "taco truck" style Mexican joint that serves up tacos, sopes, tortas, and other taco truck style dishes. Those of you who have traveled through the States (especially LA) might know the wonders of the taco truck. There are few restaurants in Vancouver that serve up this kind of food (Dona Cata on Victoria Dr, El Caracol, to name a few).
Everything here is made by hand (except for the chips and corn tortillas used for the tacos). If you are looking for signs of authenticity, this place is often full of Mexican ESL students looking for the taste of home.
Today I had the Lengua taco ($7) with a horchata to drink. You get a condiment platter with freshly made salsas, and four small but tasty tacos with tender cubed braised tongue. The ones I have had in LA (I used to spend my summers there as a youth) were more flavourful - so there is a bit of adaptation to local tastes here. It is still quite tasty. I have had the other fillings (the Pork al Pastor is probably my favorite) and they are all quite decent.
Great cheap Chowhounder food.