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Montgomery County Taquerias -- Taco Bar and Tortacos (and R&R in Elkridge, not MC)

Encouraged by posts here, tried Tortacos last week. The reviews are accurate -- family-run; very fresh; everything well above-average for these parts. Limited menu, but they're focused on what they do well. Revisited Taco Bar (gas station, Gaithersburg) this weekend for comparison. Much busier than Tortaco -- indeed, much busier than I've ever seen it. I love the posole at Taco Bar, which is reason enough to stop by frequently. But the tacos were very good, too. Only item I had in common with my order at Tortacos was a sope al pastor. Fine rendition at both places; slight edge to Tortacos, where the flavors were more distinct.

P.S. Not that it's in MC, but R&R Taqueria, in a gas station in Elkridge, is indeed very good, although perhaps not quite the nirvana that Todd Kliman and Tyler Cowen describe.

All three of these places are well worth your patronage.

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Tortacos
9629 Lost Knife Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

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  1. Is Pepito's still going in G-Burg, and is it still good?

    I apparently do need to try Tortacos.

    And note for anyone else, when talking R&R, note that there are a number of trucks in the area (mainly along Rt 1) and there is a full shop (Lily's) that makes their own tortillas.

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    Tortacos
    9629 Lost Knife Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

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    1. re: Dennis S

      Pepito's closed a while back.

      Tortacos also has specials every month. This month, it is $1 tacos de pollo every Tues. and Thur. To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, they had $1 tacos all around. Good homemade horchata too.

    2. IIRC, you posted once that you've been to Super Rica in Santa Barbara. After that experience, it's hard to glorify anything served around these parts.

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      1. re: Steve

        Just to be clear -- none of this compares to my memories of La Super Rica! But we should be thankful for what we have . . .

      2. IMO Tere's Market on Route 40 West in Ellicott City is significantly better than R&R.

        1. Glad you enjoyed Tortacos as much as I did. So many people line up at Chipotle when they could have experienced this place.

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          Tortacos
          9629 Lost Knife Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

          1. Finally got off my butt to try Tortacos (sad, considering I live around the corner from it) and I'm disappointed that I waited that long to go! It's definitely comparable to Taco Bar, and the owner is just so friendly! Also their horchata is awesome. I'm just rehashing what everyone else has said but the meats are awesome (we tried the chicken, steak, carnitas and al pastor and then went back for seconds of the al pastor) and the topping bar is good and fresh.

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            Tortacos
            9629 Lost Knife Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20877