Taco Trio - South Portland ME
A modest taqueria installed in the former Zeta Cafe space at 119 Ocean Ave, we were excited Saturday to finally taste what friends have described as a godsend. Brightly decorated in yellow/green motif and dotted with potted cacti, we lined up to place our order. Tacos ($3.50, 3 for $9), Sopes ($3.75, 3 for $10), Burritos ($9) and Quesadillas ($9) are available with traditional fillings like pollo e carne assados, carnitas, stewed beef, goat 'barbeque', nopales (sold out the day before), battered fish w/ lime cream, a mushroom & herbs, stewed beef or pork,and a chorizo/potato option. There is a salsa bar with combos I've never seen before, and three levels of heat (2oz - $1). Sides include guacamole, beans & rice, and chips. "Agua Frescas" (16oz $3.50) features Tamarind, Horchata, Lime and Pineapple this day, and there are sodas too.
We each had a trio of taco - carne assado, pollo assado, pescado and carnitas. All were delicious! A pal said it was most like a Los Angeles Taco truck than anything he'd seen on the East coast. I'm looking forward to trying more fillings and the 'sopes' - shallow bowls of fried corn dough w/beans, queso fresco and sour cream - and as we left, the line was out the door on a rare sunny Saturday, and the smell of fresh-grilled marinated steak almost turned us right around for another quick meal.