Review of Tacos El Gordo
- Larry Oct 10, 2012 11:36 AM
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TACOS EL GORDO
3049 Las Vegas Boulevard South
This is a chain of Mexican fast food joints. There are at least two in Las Vegas, and god knows how many elsewhere. The one on the Strip is on the same side of the street as Wynn and Encore, and a little further north.
You can order quesadillas, tostadas and such, but most of the menu is tacos: taco de asada (steak), adobada (spicy pork), tripa (tripe) and a host of others. Tacos are small (around 3 to 4 inches in diameter), with a heaping tablespoonful of meat, cilantro and other spices in the center. Two tacos make for a modest lunch; four would be a hearty dinner.
Pretty much like any other fast food restaurant. There are a few tables inside, and many more outside.
I've only eaten one lunch here, so I can't comment on much of the menu. However, I am hopeful. I tried two tacos: taco de cabeza (beef head); taco de buche (pork stomach). The taco de cabeza wasn't as unusual as it sounds. In taste and texture it was pretty much like minced steak. I liked it, and think it would please most people. The taco de buche was by far my favorite: lots of flavor and good texture. To wash it down, I had a bright red, strawberry soda.
After one meal, I want to go back. The tortillas are good, the fillings are good, and there are lots more to try.
The meal was $5.72, for two tacos, a soda, and tax.
Two recommendations for next time: try the adobado and grab some of the complimentary grilled scallions and peppers from the far side of the grill (and you can always go back for more).
Went once to the location on Charleston, and won't be back. The adobada wasn't as good or better than other places I have had it, and being a gringo I had a hard time understanding the whole system in the place since very little English was being spoken.
Larry you are spot on. TEG is not to be missed. Agree with Dave and the grilled scallions and peppers is a MUST, along with the adobado. I know very little to no Spanish and I was fine. A smile and good attitude will always win out. FWIW, try the head next time, OMG delicious!
In addition to the beef head, and the fabulous scallions and peppers, it is also worth reaching out for the "Taco de Sesos", or beef brains. They are served with a vibrant, tart green sauce that plays well off of the creamy texture of the brains. That is one of the great aspects of El Gordo - you can go across the spectrum of tastes and textures by ordering an array of different tacos, at extremely reasonable price points.