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Nov 15, 2009 04:36 PM

R&R Deli -- Great Takeout Takes From An Elkridge Gas Station

Check out the R&R Deli inside the Shell station at U.S. 1 and Rte 174 in Elkridge.

Great takeout tacos with a range from barbacoa to carne asada to carnitas and on. They also make fruit shakes -- just milk and fresh fruit and they cut up when you place your order. Nine bucks buys you a spectacular lunch -- three tacos and a milkshake.

Seriously, R&R is inside the Shell station. They run a spotless open kitchen that is separated from the automotive section by a glass wall.

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  1. What tacos specifically did you get? Also - can you give me a bit more on the address - Google can't find Rte 174 for some reason.

    What's with you all up there? I used to have to strive to find a good place when visiting clients. If this pans out on top of Grace Garden (and other places I'd already liked) I'll be having to roll dice or something to help choose where I get lunch.

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    1. re: Dennis S

      It is actually Rte 175 not 174. Just a typo.

      1. re: Trip Klaus

        Sorry about the typo. Thanks for the catch.

    2. Tried this place the other day after reading about it on HowChow's blog. I don't have a huge comparison base of other tacos in the area but I thought the tacos here were great, especially the al pastor.

      It was a little strange to get tacos from a gas station, but this is a completely separate establishment within the gas station (separate entrance, glass wall between it and the actual gas station) and the kitchen is out in the open and looked well run. The gentleman who was at the cash register was very friendly and offered suggestions about what to try.

      Good food in an unexpected location.

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      1. re: wahoo01

        You've never had tacos and got gas? <g>

      2. It's taken longer than expected, but I plan to hit this tomorrow afternoon. Is it still there, still doing good, and do they serve good product around 3:30/4pm?

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        1. re: Dennis S

          Yes to the first two questions, but I haven't been there outside of traditional lunch times. But I'd have to guess that it would still be very good. I love their lengua, and their buche is very good. That place is really an offal lovers dream, as they have a wide variety of tacos, including nice, crispy but gamey tripa.

          1. re: Jason1

            Yeah! That's the real deal alright! I got a chorizo and an asada taco to go. Wowee. They also have Mexican coke but that was pricey - didn't see the shakes.

            Have you been to the truck just a bit North on Rt 1? Something like Grande Tortas or something was the name I picked out. I'll hit it the next time, but R&R is a winner. The glass wall separating them from the station is odd, though... (and the neighborhood is not for the faint of heart at night).

            But - to answer my third question - they seem to cook to order except the meat, and that was in good shape for both tacos I got. I like the green sauce, too. Good flavor, just a bit of spice that builds.

            1. re: Dennis S

              I should mention for the geographically unaware that this is JUST off 95, North of Columbia, South of Baltimore - so potentially two good taco joints just off the hwy

              1. re: Dennis S

                The truck on U.S. 1 is terrific. It is called Pupuseria Lorenita's, although I think the sign says Grande Tortas on the truck. It parks at Paco's Paints on the east side of U.S. 1.

                I think the Lorenita's has delicious tacos, and I have seen people order huge sandwiches there as well. I think you'll find posts on Urbanspoon or elsewhere if you search the name.

                1. re: HowChowBlog

                  Hey, somehow I missed this report. Thank you. The Tortas would be the huge sandwiches. Usually good at other spots but loaded with carbs. Will either try the tacos or the pit beef now near 295, or probably...both.