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Senor Taco
5020-50st
On ross street across from old Club Cafe

sign originaly said opening Jan 5, new sign
says opening Jan 12
I think it's a chain hopefully its this one
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/526824

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  1. I walked past today and the part of the sign with the day was cut out,now
    it only says opening january.I'll update again if they post a new date or
    open.

    1. I heard that they are trying to open next mon or tues.There are still some
      finishing touches that need to be done.

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      1. re: rdch

        thank god, cause that Las Palmeras place is terrible - I can't believe they even call it a mexican restaurant.

      2. Update du jour.Apparently the contractor is not in as big a hurry to open as they
        are,Next target date thursday.(to open)

        1. A gentleman I know talked to the owner.(owners?)They said that they want to
          open monday.The menu includes tacos,enchiladas,burritos etc.Non mexican goodies
          listed include Pupasas(El Salvador) and empanadas(Chile).Taco selection will
          include Chorizo,chicken,al pastor,carne asada.The al pastor will come off the
          grill as they don't have a vertical spit.They hope to install one eventualy.
          They will also have daily specials.Apparently they are not a chain.

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          1. re: rdch

            sounds great! nice place to stop when traveling between cgy and edm.

          2. It's finaly open. I stopped in to check it out.I tried out the taco plate.This
            consists of 4 tacos,beans,rice and a drink for about $10.50(with tax).the tacos
            are made up of one 4 inch tortilla with meat.There is 3 additional toppings to
            choose from.Onions,cilantro and radishes.There is a good sized portion of meat
            on the tacos even accounting for the small tortillas.
            chicken-good
            chorizo-A little dry but good,spiceyness dumbed down to Red Deer levels
            Al pastor
            Carne Asada These both need work,were originally grilled but lost something in
            the steam table.
            They have a selection of salsas in portion cups for adding to the meal.Pico de
            galo, Three hot sauces,chile oil.green sauce, and a few others.I think theese
            are all made instore.
            This was there first day open (monday).I hope things improve as time goes on.
            I am going to work my way through their menu in the coming weeks and I hope to
            find a choice or two that rates better than good.The tacos are an improvement
            over Taco Time but I was expecting a lot better.At least they had my three
            favorite toppings.

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            1. re: rdch

              Thanks for the update. I'm a major al pastor fan, so I'll have to swing by and see how it compares to my homemade edition.

              1. re: rdch

                how authentic is the food?

                1. re: nonlinear

                  It seems to be fairly authentic with a mexican cook.
                  http://www.albertalocalnews.com/redde...
                  I wonder if it is authentic al pastor as They seem to refer to it as barbeque pork in the article.
                  I was told it was al pastor but it tastes different than the one I make.I's hard to
                  say as I have never had the original cut off the vertical spit.Mine is done on the
                  gas grill or under the broiler.Theirs is done on a grill.The radish,cilantro and
                  onion toppings are authentic.

              2. Ambiance: 1/5
                Service: 4/5
                Food: 3/5
                Value: 3/5
                Overall: 3/5

                Summary

                Authentic Mexican taqueria in historic downtown Red Deer. The food is OK considering the utter lack of Mexican in Red Deer (las palmeras is absolutely terrible and is anything but authenticn), but we are lucky to have much better Mexican food here in Calgary at Mi Tierra. I would recommend Senor Taco if you're already in Red Deer and have a hankering for tacos, but it doesn't warrant a drive from calgary and probably not even a detour from the highway if you are traveling north.

                Review

                I had read on chowhound that a new taqueria was opening in Red Deer, but there hadn't been any comments since they opened so I thought I would check it out on the way up to Edmonton earlier this week. The location is somewhat of a trek through Red Deer (about 15 minutes or so in traffic), so it's not exactly the most efficient location if you're trying to make a quick trip north. That said, the only other "Mexican" restaurant in Red Deer is Las Palmeras, and the food there is absolutely terrible and anything but authentic so Senor Taco is a welcome addition.

                This is a typical taqueria - a small, simple room with a menu board at the front counter where you place your order. Not much of an atmosphere, but then again the point of a taqueria is to provide quick food, not a formal dining experience. We arrived at about 1:30 on a Tuesday afternoon, and there were two other tables, both of which were speaking Mexican Spanish, which was an excellent sign.

                The menu is fairly brief, and consists of combo plates - tacos, enchiladas, burritos, tostadas, etc. - which include rice, beans and a drink. I believe that each combo plate is $10.50. You can choose from four fillings - chicken, carne asade (beef), al pastor (pork and pineapple) and chorizo (spiced sausage). There are also 4 varieties of hot sauce available - mild, med, hot, and "super hot." When we arrived, the staff was ready and waiting at the counter to take our order. the entire staff was very friendly.

                I had the taco combo which consists of four tacos - I chose 2 chicken and 2 al pastor. When my plate arrived, I found four very small tacos, a scoop of dry/pasty refried beans, and some nondescript white rice. The fillings were just OK. The chicken was moist but the al pastor was really dry with pale pineapple chunks. Everything was lacking in flavor. I used some "hot" sauce to try and improve the flavor, but it was again quite flavorless and also too mild for my liking (it was supposed to be "hot"). As mentioned above, the tacos were very small and I found myself still hungry after eating the entire plate.

                My dining partner has the enchiladas with chicken. There were 3 enchiladas, each covered in a different sauce (mole, red enchilada sauce, and a green tomatillo sauce). I had a small bite of each one to sample the sauces, and wasn't impressed - again, everything was just lacking flavor. Notice a trend here?

                So in all, we had an OK experience here but not sure we would be back unless we were stuck in Red Deer and craving tacos. Things were overpriced for the amount of food we received, and everything was just kinda dry and bland. This place can probably survive in the Red Deer scene, but the food would have to be improved and prices lowered for this place to exist in a more competitive market.

                I definitely have to say that Senor Taco and Mi Tierra are in entirely different leagues. Mi Tierra has larger portions with fresher, higher-quality ingredients and more complex flavor combination for a lower price. I'll continue going to Mi Tierra for my Mexican fixes.

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                1. re: nonlinear

                  Thanks for the update nonlinear. I was thinking about this post the other day and wondered if anyone had checked it out yet.

                2. Senor Taco is closed walked by there today.Sign says a new bakery and eatery opening in it's location in March.Can't remember the name.

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                  1. re: Poirot

                    O'Fallon's is what replaced Senor Taco. The Advocate says it's a family owned bakery & cafe http://www.albertalocalnews.com/redde...