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Tacos Arabes at North of the Border

seal Aug 2, 2010 07:48 AM

Has anyone ever had these? There are basically two versions. I love the ones made with meat cooked on a trompo, but have never seen them locally. Just curious. If no replies I'm sure I will order them myself soon.

North of the Border
176 Monmouth St, Red Bank, NJ 07701

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    Mr. Bingley RE: seal Aug 3, 2010 05:52 AM

    i really have to get there this week. i'm in Red Bank constantly...

    1. chefMD RE: seal Aug 3, 2010 07:48 AM

      hmmmm never had those... i would be amazed if they had them as every time we go there, they are out of goat, cabeza, orejas, and every other interesting/offal offereing. There is always the cueritas! good luck...

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        bgut1 RE: chefMD Aug 3, 2010 08:11 AM

        ChefMD - I had some lingua tacos there not too long ago. Not the best I've ever eaten but decent nonetheless. The same goes for their tamales which I sampled the other day. Next time I'll stick with the al pastor tacos which were very good.

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          seal RE: bgut1 Aug 3, 2010 08:46 AM

          Just back from an early taco run. Unfortunately they were out of tamales, and unlike my friend bgut, I really like the chicken with green chili and the chicken with mole tamales there.

          I had a conversation with the chef and he told me that trompos are not allowed in town so he does his tacos arabes on the grill. He said that the closest trompo he knows of is in NYC. I was tempted to ask where, but more customers came in and he had to cook.

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            Mr. Bingley RE: seal Aug 3, 2010 09:04 AM

            mole...must get mole...

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              equal_Mark RE: seal Aug 3, 2010 10:26 AM

              Mexican tops are illegal in Red Bank?

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                bgut1 RE: equal_Mark Aug 3, 2010 11:54 AM

                I'm not sure if Mark is being funny. Either way, while trompo does literally translate to "toy top", I assume it is a donner kebab/gyro "meat wheel" (for lack of a better word) - hence the "top". That being said, I have a hard time believing they aren't allowed in Red Bank or anywhere else in New Jersey.

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                  eleeper RE: bgut1 Aug 9, 2010 06:34 PM

                  Well, since Evan's in Aberdeen/Matawan and the Mad Greek in Hazlet have the rotating spits, I don't think those are illegal in general. But there may be some special wiring/fire prevention requirements that the building in Red Bank doesn't meet.

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            eleeper RE: chefMD Aug 13, 2010 07:16 AM

            We had the tacos arabes and the chorizo tacos yesterday--great! (And then we had to come home and look up what exactly was in the tacos arabes.) Thanks for the recommendation.

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            sockster RE: seal Aug 9, 2010 05:17 PM

            Just came back from NOB...had INCREDIBLE Mole Poblano- Half chicken with incredible mole sauce......rice......beans......$7.00!!!! What a dish....what a meal.....delicious!!

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