Joyride Taco House
I went to Joyride Taco House this week, and didn't see any mention of it on this board, so I thought I'd post a few comments.
Bottom line: it was excellent, and I'm VERY happy to have it in the neighborhood.
Joyride Taco House is in the same building as Postino East, and is also an Upward Projects restaurant.
Chips and salsa were brought quickly to the table when we sat down, and I loved them. The salsa had a nice smoky flavor and a pleasant bit of heat, and the chips were fresh and salty. I love salt, so this was definitely a bonus for me.
We shared a chicken quesadilla with the table. The serving size was very generous for the four of us. The homemade corn tortillas were perfectly prepared and crisped nicely in the quesadilla, the cheese very good quality, and teh chicken flavorful enough. Just well prepared food made with good quality ingredients--and that counts for a lot!
I had a baja fish and a carnitas taco. The fish taco was exceptional. Perhaps the best fish taco I've ever had. The carnitas was flavorful and tasty, and clearly made with great ingredients, but the fish taco was the clear winner for me.
My parents both had the crispy fish tacos, and my husband had a chicken tinga (not his favorite, but he didn't elaborate) and the carne asada (which he seemed to enjoy). Not a single negative comment from anyone at the table, though.
We tried the house margaritas as well, and they were fabulous. Incredibly smooth, but definitely strong enough. ;-) And there are no purchased mixes at this place--just freshly squeezed, freshly prepared juices and homemade mixers--and you can really taste the difference. Bright, flavorful, refreshing, and not overly sugary. I think I have a new favorite margarita in town.
They're still very new, and seem to be working out a few kinks. I say this because the kitchen decided not to charge us for a couple of the tacos because the timing wasn't quite up to their standards. Not that we could tell. From our perspective, we had absolutely no complaints. But it was really lovely to know that the restaurant placed such an emphasis on detail and quality.
Joyride is in downtown Gilbert at
302 NORTH GILBERT ROAD
GILBERT, ARIZONA 85234
We enjoyed our first meal at Joyride so much, we went back twice more in the followwing week. I love the happy hour $5 pitchers of beer especially give the quality of selections. I've enjoyed the carnitas, shrimp, and scallop (chef's choice) tacos. The service has always been friendly but occassionally slow. The last two times we attempted, the wait was so long we went elsewhere. I do think you can make reservations. Once the weather cools off, the patios should be an enjoyable alternative. The street corn looked good but seemed pricey. It is definitely worth a try.