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Pedro's Tacos

nsenada Oct 1, 2012 10:45 AM

Made it there for lunch today, and thought the fish taco was excellent. I'm not experienced in the ways of fish tacos, but this was crunchy batter fried cod, with a creamy slaw, and some salsa. It was double-wrapped with corn tortillas, which tasted nice n'corny. Next time I will see if I can get them to not wrap it in foil, so it doesn't get soggy (these weren't soggy, but they would have been if I had brought them back to work).

I also had the carne asada taco, which had a ton of real guac in it. The meat wasn't very brown, it almost looked boiled, but it was very beefy. Not sure if that's how it's "supposed" to be. I grabbed some pickled carrots and jalapenos and some hot salsa from the fixin's aea, both of which where pretty powerful.

Very excited to have this as a nearby lunch option. The Tequila Mexican Grille sign is still up out front.

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  1. Bob Dobalina RE: nsenada Oct 1, 2012 10:58 AM

    Apparently a So Cal mini chain? http://www.pedrostacos.com/

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      9lives RE: Bob Dobalina Oct 1, 2012 11:15 AM

      Bob, That made me curious too...seems like a large geographical jump for an expansion?? I tried Tequila Grill a few ties and wasn't overly impressed.

      Nseneda, Have you trie Burritio Express on Kingston/Bedford..sort of between the back of Macy's and Chinatown? They're my "go to" spot for tacos/burritos downtown.

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        nsenada RE: 9lives Oct 1, 2012 11:26 AM

        Yes - I used to go there a fair amount, and have meant to go back. My current taco/burrito requirements are met by the Staff Meal truck, though it sounds like they are going to start changing up the offerings. Once that happens, I'm definitely gonna head back to Burrito Express.

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          Bob Dobalina RE: 9lives Oct 1, 2012 11:35 AM

          Agree about the geography - the Yelp reviews also suggest that it is the same place. Maybe one of the owner's kids moved to Boston for college...

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            nsenada RE: Bob Dobalina Oct 1, 2012 11:37 AM

            Could be - hope he or she stays enrolled. The cup does list the CA locations (but not the Boston one).

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              rknrll RE: Bob Dobalina Oct 1, 2012 11:45 AM

              http://boston.eater.com/archives/2012...

              Err...not much info there sorry. I got confused between Pedro's, and this new taco truck.

              http://boston.eater.com/archives/2012...

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                FinnFPM RE: rknrll Oct 1, 2012 11:51 AM

                Yes, it's certainly the same chain. Their Facebook page confirms this.

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                  FinnFPM RE: FinnFPM Oct 1, 2012 01:50 PM

                  I went in and asked about it on my way home. The guy at the register said that the chain's founder has spent time living in Boston in the past -- Boston seems like maybe his "second home" so to speak.

                  The burrito reminded me of one you'd get in California. An average CA one. Simple, straightforward. Good. Didn't blow me away on any count. Menu items were pretty cheap.

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          Jenny Ondioline RE: nsenada Oct 1, 2012 02:14 PM

          Oh, the pickled hot carrots are a very good sign. I am officially intrigued now.

          1. MC Slim JB RE: nsenada Oct 1, 2012 02:29 PM

            Tequila served pretty weak gruel: chopped iceberg lettuce, ungrilled flour tortillas, shredded cheddar / jack blend, Sysco-grade guacamole, sorry salsas (if memory serves -- I went once about a year ago). Would welcome an upgrade here.

            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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              FinnFPM RE: MC Slim JB Oct 1, 2012 02:58 PM

              It's an upgrade, no doubt. I'd say that most Boston burritos are the "ingredient bomb" kind: hard to keep together, beans and rice exploding through the tortilla. This is definitely an "eat on the go" style of burrito. Compact, thickly-wrapped. Nothing falls apart.

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                devilham RE: MC Slim JB Oct 1, 2012 04:55 PM

                tequila had gone down hill the last couple of years, while never good/great, around 3 to 5 years ago, it was OK. Last time I ate there, it was pretty awful, had gotten a "torta" which was truly dismal. Looked to me like new owners had taken over? Anyways, this Pedro thing can only be an improvement (I hope)

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                  devilham RE: devilham Oct 2, 2012 09:42 AM

                  Sooooo just came back from Pedro's, and overall it's a net positive. The good, nice fresh tacos, very large and filled with lots of crunchy cabbage and decent pico. The tacos are BIG, 2 0f them would do a lunch quite nicely (and at around $4 a taco, that's about right if you ask me). I had the fish taco and the fried chicken taco, and both were dressed the same, and both were really quite nice, not Dorado nice, but nice in their own right.
                  The not so good (but certainly not bad) was the nachos and cheese, which was microwaved for a few seconds too long....not the end of the world (a mistake I have made too), just made for some dry nachos is all.
                  All in all a decent little joint if you ask me.

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                    Gordough RE: devilham Oct 2, 2012 10:32 AM

                    Tacos sound like they are worth checking out. But, microwaved nachos? Yikes.

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                      devilham RE: Gordough Oct 2, 2012 01:22 PM

                      Yeah, I microwave them at home, so don't have a GIANT problem with it, and it seems they do it right in their plastic to-go containers, so that would explain why they don't bump it in the oven....but I think that they would be better served to have a warm cheese sauce, instead, that way they could keep the containers, no dry nachos, and sauce spreads better (alot of the chips were cheeseless)

              2. ebone RE: nsenada Oct 17, 2012 11:00 AM

                I hit this place today on my lunchbreak from work. I had a fish and a carne asada taco. The Fish one was the star, as others have noted, but I enjoyed the carne as well. The meat was tender and well seasoned with some sort of marinade and a nice guac. Overall I found this place very tasty and would definitely go back. So far it looks to be a welcome edition to the DTX lunch scene.

                I met the owner as well, he said business has been up and down so far, but he seemed excited to be in Boston.

                Give it a shot and let us know what you think. I would be curious to hear some other reviews.

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                  tysonmcneely RE: ebone Oct 18, 2012 12:55 PM

                  I visted Pedro's today. I had a fish taco ($3.39) and shrimp($4.49) taco to-go.
                  As mentioned before, the size of the tacos was good, maybe a 4" or 5" tortilla with ample fillings. (definitely bigger than say an Anna's or El dorado.)
                  Fish taco had a good size piece of fried cod, pico, shredded green cabbage and a crema. The fish wasn't the very crispy but that may have been due to the 5 min walk back to work.
                  Shrimp was good too, the shrimp were bigger than I expected, I beleive sauteed, and the same other fillings. Only criticism on the shrimp was there was a lot of run off liquid, possibly they keep shrimp in this and then spoon it out?

                  They had a salsa bar with Pico, green and red salsa, and Pickled carrots and onions. To be honest, i found them all a bit one-note and bland, esp the green and red salsas. Could only taste bitterness and a mild heat. The pico was pretty good though, if unspectactular..

                  Overall, i did enjoy the tacos and I look forward to trying some more items on the list. Lobster taco/burrito could definitely be a crapshoot and I want to try the rolled taco (taquitos?) they have as well.

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                    ebone RE: tysonmcneely Dec 21, 2012 07:35 AM

                    To update, they also serve breakfast.

                    I just had an egg, bean, and chorizo burrito that was tasty. I definitely want to take a nap now, but this is a good lazy Friday breakfast in the Downtown Crossing area. At around $5 it is a fair bargain as well. Wash it down with a cup of coffee from Boston Brewin nearby and you are good to go.

                    Salsa update: the red is quite hot now and I think the green has a milder flavor, but I wouldn't say bland.

                    I like mexican-style breakfast, so this is a welcome edition to the neighborhood for me.

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                      Jenny Ondioline RE: ebone Dec 21, 2012 11:06 PM

                      Holy crap, the menu says "add potatoes to any burrito." That's it, there's officially no excuse for me not to have gotten into this place before now. I would kill for a frijoles con papas burrito.

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                        MC Slim JB RE: Jenny Ondioline Jan 11, 2013 01:34 PM

                        I had Pedro's fried potato taco the other day: new in my experience, and pretty tasty. Kind of like a hash brown patty. Respectable fish taco and good beans, too.

                        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                2. Alcachofa RE: nsenada Jan 11, 2013 11:00 AM

                  Just had the fist tacos for lunch, and think that nsenada's original assessment is still accurate. I will definitely head back to try some other tacos.

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                    ScotchandSirloin RE: nsenada Dec 10, 2013 06:44 AM

                    Just had a breakfast burritto from Pedro's. Egg, Cheese, Beans, Chorizo, Potatos and their red salsa. Really solid. No one is doing this style burritto in the city, yum.

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                      LStaff RE: ScotchandSirloin Dec 10, 2013 07:13 AM

                      Picante has been doing similar burritos for years. I still miss the Davis sq location - was my favorite weekend brunch place in the area.

                      http://www.picantemex.com/brunch.html

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                        CportJ RE: LStaff Dec 11, 2013 09:31 AM

                        Great pre-ski trip fuel!

                    2. rlh RE: nsenada Dec 13, 2013 11:22 AM

                      Was happy to see this thread and tried a fish taco and fried chicken taco for lunch today. There was an overabundance of raw cabbage (not creamy slaw) on each. The fish and the chicken needed more time in the fryer to get browner and crunchier. The doubled corn tortillas tasted good and fresh, but were cold, like out of a refrigerator. There were no hot pickled carrots on the condiment station - only pico, limes, and a couple of salsa options. At $8 for the two normal size tacos, I am not going to be running back there - must find these trucks...

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