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New Mexican coming on Broadway and Cambie

As I was zooming by on the illustrious B-Line this evening I noticed a sign for what looks like a new taco place going in where Pho English was at 382 West Broadway. Instantly forgot the name and of course couldn't see any details, so if any Hounds are in the area, would love some better intel.

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    1. I will look for you on Monday!

      1. Excellent ! Don't need another pho joint in this area (although I was always intrigued by their name). But Mexican ...... ole !

        Wonder if it'll be casual tacos (a la La Taqueria, Dona Cata) or more formal and varied like Cobre and La Casita ?

        1. this has been on my radar for a few weeks. saw the name of chronic taco and had visions of the west coast pot stereotype gone even further off the deep end. looked it up online and was surprised to see that it's an established and by the looks of it, not entirely terrible chain from SoCal.

          http://www.eatchronictacos.com/

          Their menu looks ok, hopefully it will be something that will be worth walking over from Main for.

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          1. re: duster

            No wonder I forgot the name: I must have blanked it out on purpose. Thanks for the link, though, duster. A chain might do an okay job, but it likely won't be the Mexican I'm looking for with that southern Californian provenance. I'm certainly willing to give it a try, as there are no good places for tacos in Vancouver yet, IMNSHO.

            1. re: grayelf

              Newport Beach, eh? From the website, it's probably on par with chains like Rubio's. Chipotle's, or Baja Fresh.

              1. re: _js_

                Is that good or bad, js? I've never tried any of those...

                1. re: grayelf

                  I'm not a fan. Everything tastes too darn salty for me and I have a fairly medium-high salt tolerance; probably what bothers me most is the food tastes a little "industrial"/"commercial" too. But they're clean and good for a bathroom break on the road. :)

                  Haven't tried Chronic Tacos down in fancy-schmancy Newport Beach, so I'm still holding out hope that Chronic Tacos are a step up from those chains, kind of like In N Out burgers are a big step up from other fast food burgers.

                  1. re: _js_

                    I guess we'll find out how they do it in the OC :-).

                2. re: _js_

                  http://www.eatchronictacos.com/index....

                  Interesting read. Now I'm curious. As long as they don't turn out to be the "Olive Garden" of Mexican food ........... doh !

                  I'm a-waitin' for a Rick Bayless chain of casual Frontera Grill express.

                  1. re: LotusRapper

                    Drove by last night. Chronic Tacos appear to be in business. Anyone have TOFTT updates to share ?

                    1. re: LotusRapper

                      I'm waiting for the one on Fourth to open (lazy!)

                      1. re: grayelf

                        Do I have to do *all* the work ?!? [wink]

                        1. re: ck1234

                          Nice! I'm secretly hoping they have decent fish tacos. One of my (many) holy grails for comida mexicana, preferably Baja style but if it's good I won't be too picky :-).

                        2. re: LotusRapper

                          Sweet! I'll stop in before work and TOFTT.

                          1. re: peter.v

                            They aren't open yet. I just called and they're either going to be open this Friday or a week Tuesday...

                            1. re: grayelf

                              Yeah, I totally found that out in front of their shop.

                              1. re: peter.v

                                I posted back quickly in hopes of saving you the aggro peter, drat. Is there seating in the shop or could you tell? That may decide whether a chowdown chico is in order...

                                1. re: grayelf

                                  Definitely seating. 20-ish perhaps from my quick peek in?

                                      1. re: LotusRapper

                                        Will try to check tomorrow, but some of the guys from the shop have been coming into the cafe for coffee and word on the street is Thursday. One of the American owners (not, I think of this franchise, but of many of them in the US) has a knuckle tattoo that says "taco life". Rad.

                      2. re: grayelf

                        Taquiera on Hastings / Don cata on Victoria = very good tacos IMHO

                        1. re: tangentdesign

                          I tried La Taqueria a couple times and thought it was good and closer to the mark than the other tacos of this kind in town but still lacking for me. Too many ingredients, too "fancy" and too wet. Dona Cata has a lot of potential but they fall down on the super wetness of all their meat preps with the exception of the longaniza which is tasty and dry enough but unfortunately too oily. I wish they would offer three outstanding salsas instead of half a dozen weak ones.

                          I don't really get the whole wet prep for taco fillings. What I'm looking for is al pastor done on a vertical rotisserie, kind of like what you see in gyros shops, with a whole pineapple spitted on the top. Serve it freshly shaved off the rotating lump of pork, with a bit of the pineapple on house made tortillas (2 small ones, natch) with a little diced sweet onion and a hit of fresh cilantro. Add the sauce of your choice, also housemade. Charge less than $3 a pop. Done and done.

                          1. re: grayelf

                            i was dissapointed with dona cata's when i was there a month or so ago. enough so that i doubt i would return. just waiting for newer arrivals that will eventually appear in the city.

                            la taqueria was better for me.

                            1. re: betterthanbourdain

                              I fully agree. Dona Cata's offerings start tasting the same after a short while.

                              La Taqueria's is better, but I don't care for its bite-and-run ambiance.

                              1. re: LotusRapper

                                La Taqueria is definitely the best taco in town. I worked in the area briefly and ate there every other day. Most of the tacos weren't served wet (you would add your own sauces and condiments. The meats were pretty dry for the most part...with a few exceptions - like the al pastor which is traditionally served with pineapple.)

                                Dona Cata and Tacos Mexico Rico aren't in the same league, IMO.

                                 
                                1. re: fmed

                                  Ate at taco shack for the first time in a long time this weekend, it was great, 100 steps up from the first time I tried it.

                                  1. re: fmed

                                    If only La Taqueria has DC's 10 salsas ...... then again I'm a salsa wimp and only got as far as "6" in their lineup :-)

                                    1. re: LotusRapper

                                      LT salsa's are more limited but at least as fresh and better tasting imho...

                                      like that they try to use better ingredients

                                      dislike that taco's are still so pricey in this city...

                                      1. re: LotusRapper

                                        You're not really missing anything IMO LR, just sayin... I should go back to La Taqueria. It's been a while.

                        2. It opened today. I just went. I do have pictures too, but I'll have to wait til I get home later to post them. We were recommended by the staff to try the fish tacos (Baja style) on corn tortillas. We did, we had one of each fish taco. One grilled, one breaded. They were quite large. 2 tacos was really filling. We got the combo with chips & salsa & a drink for $3 more. I could barely eat the chips. The salsa was just ok. Tasted exactly like Safeway's fresh salsa from the deli. It didn't thrill me. The tacos were really good though. The grilled fish one was really wet. My friend preferred this one. I liked the breaded better, which was dry. The lime sauce was good. I was stuffed and could of just had one. One is $3.28. Two tacos with the combo upgrade came to $10.78. I'll post the pics later.

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                          1. re: ck1234

                            Prices seem reasonable (or low even). I used to have high hopes for Taco del Mar, but gave up. Although stateside ones seem better for some reason.

                            Did the ingredients themselves look ok ? I can't stand wrap/burrito/taco places where the ingredients sit around all day.

                            PS: thanks for TOFTT and the report :-)

                            1. re: LotusRapper

                              itspretty bad when we have to resort to saying a 3 dollar taco is a good price ,bah down south (la)there a buck and they taste as good or better ,we(canadians )get the same ingredient to make them so there is really no reason they should be that much more.i guess we are just happy to pay the super high food prices that we do ,go figure makes no sense(cents).sorry ,just arant has nothing against you lr

                              1. re: howlin

                                Agree with you howlin. La Taqeuria downtown sells very good tacos at 4 for $9.50. Biggest bang for the buck in the Vancouver tacosphere.

                                1. re: fmed

                                  La Taqeuria's are smaller than Chronic's $3.28 ones. I have to admit when I looked at the prices before they opened, I wasn't thrilled. I don't know if it'll become a regular place, but I will be ok with buying one taco when I want to eat light(ish) and quick. There was a good portion of fish on them too. I was actually going to get a Tostada until a staff member said we should try the fish tacos and claimed they would be the best we ever ate. I liked the pescada taco at La Taqueria maybe better though.

                                  1. re: ck1234

                                    Looking at your 2nd pic, it looks like the fish is deep-fried (ie: battered & fried like fish & chips) ? Did it taste greasy, and how was the batter coating ?

                                    1. re: LotusRapper

                                      haha, the 2nd one is the "grilled" one! The first one is battered, and no, it was not greasy and was delicious - IMHO. My friend, who is "Mr. Healthy", always eats chicken only, no deep fried stuff, etc...liked the grilled fish better. By a landslide, I liked the fried one better! :-) Though, he did polish off the whole bag of chips & salsa. I barely ate mine, so I'm sure he had way more calories than me yesterday!

                                      1. re: ck1234

                                        Thanks :-) Yes I got the pics backwards.

                                        Might check them out this weekend.

                            2. re: ck1234

                              Breaded taco, then the grilled...

                               
                               
                               
                               
                              1. re: ck1234

                                You give me hope, ck! The breaded looks like my cup of er, fish. If they are filling I'm okay with that price. Love that they are doing shredded cabbage but sad to hear the salsa is not good. Sounds like I'll save the $3 :-).

                                We drove by on our way home from Bo Laksa King tonight and it was still open for business just before 10 so that is good. Will have to try to get by this w'end.

                                1. re: grayelf

                                  They are open til 1 AM they said...I think they want a "bar clientele" too...they tell you about the cabbage and the "Baja" way when you order...and who knows, the salsa was just my opine - (just tasted like cut up tomatoes to me)....which is why I hate reviewing anything, I don't want to influence others! Let us know what you think!

                                  1. re: ck1234

                                    Not at all, I appreciate reading your thoughts. It's not about agreeing or disagreeing, it's about data points, right? I had the same reaction to the salsa they put on the huevos rancheros at Habit, totally tasted just like cut up tomatoes to me :-).

                                    1. re: grayelf

                                      Did you like the creme fraiche at Habit though? How were the Huevo's compared to Jethro's?

                                      1. re: ck1234

                                        Creme fraiche was a nice touch for sure. Preferred Jethro's despite the salsa mixup. Will post properly anon :-).

                                2. re: ck1234

                                  Walked by it last night and have a quick look inside. I just had dinner so I didn't eat.