Quick review: La Condesa Gourmet Taco Shop
- azhotdish Jan 29, 2010 11:02 AM
I've had an insatiable craving for Mexican food lately, and La Condesa did not disappoint. It just opened this past Friday, so they're still working out a few things - the cashier rang up my order wrong at first, the chips were slightly greasier than they should have been, and they don't have 16oz of horchata, but the food was really good.
Any two tacos with rice & beans is $7.59. The salsa bar contains about ten varieties, ranging from their awesome strawberry salsa to a couple which are much spicier. I ordered the dogfish shark and cochinita pibil taco ($2.99, a la carte) with rice & beans and a horchata ($3.99). It's been said that there are no good fish tacos in Phoenix, but I beg to differ with these shark tacos - nicely fried, not greasy at all, and really tasty; you would be hard-pressed to complain about them after adding a little shredded cabbage, a squeeze of lime and one of their salsas. The cochinita was very tender, flavorful, and equally good; I enjoyed them both. I liked the texture and flavor of the beans on the side, although I thought the rice was under-seasoned. The homemade horchata was delicious, flavored with cinnamon and bits of pecan.
I will definitely be back to La Condesa soon. They have a large menu, and most of it sounded excellent. Great addition to Central Phoenix.
1919 N 16th St
Phoenix, AZ 85006
"No good fish tacos" -- Hmm. Where have I heard that before? Oh, maybe on some other site's snarky talk threads.
Anyway, I saw a post about this on Chow Bella and this looks really worth trying. Thanks for the early report.
Sounds like a great spot. Love the salsa bar, and your pictures made me hungry. I've never had horchata with pecans, can't wait to try it.
La Condesa Gourmet Taco Shop
1919 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85006
I went to La Condesa for a quick lunch, today. I had two fish tacos with rice and beans. No complaints at all. I really liked to beans. Mine had a few red chiles in it, I also thought the rice was fine, and my chips were not too greasy, for my taste. I think the menu is very interesting. It is basically limited to tacos, quesadillas, and burros, but, a lot of unique choices to try.
Thanks azhotdish, this is a great find.
Stopped in yesterday for lunch and had the Carne Asada taco combination plate. It was outstanding. Carne Asada was better - at least on this visit - than Los Taquitos or America's Taco Shop, both of which have been the gold standard for CA in Phoenix. My guest had the Chicken Mole Taco combo plate and said it was excellent. I would pass on the beans and rice next time only because the tacos were big and filling. Thought the beans were very good and the rice was interesting.
Only problem was very slow service with food coming out of the kitchen at a snails pace. Less than half the tables were full. There were two people in the kitchen and in view of the simplicity of the menu I'm not sure why it took so long.
Stopped by on Sat. and had the Asada as well, though in burrito form.
Firstly, for anyone wanting to check it out - write down the address! They don't yet have signs and I drove by the place 3 times before pulling over and looking it up! Once found, it's a cool space... artsy.
They do make everything to order, so there is a tiny wait. But it's no biggie because the salsa bar is frikking great - in fact it might be their best attribute. 3 or 4 different tomato types, plus a mole, berry and other varieties. I'd be happy with just chips and a salsa tour.
As mentioned I went with the Asada burrito, with is pretty much beef and a thin layer of beans, wrapped in tortilla and rice on the side (in a cup). For me, the asada was decent, but not crave-worthy. But that could come down to personal preferences, expectations, cuts of meat that day, etc. Being new, I'll definitely re-try the asada as their routine is not yet set. Likewise, they have some sauce skills and I'll definitely want to try their other offerings.
Major props to them for aspiring to be unique in a town with so many blah taco/burrito places.