Tallulah's Taqueria, Fox Point Providence
I went to Tallulah's Taqueria for take-out yesterday-- they are still in their "soft opening" phase.
I had the black bean taco, the carnitas taco and the chicken taco. I probably should have stopped at two, but in the interests of research, I persevered. I'm glad I did, because the chicken was my favorite: smoky, tender, flavorful chicken, with a fresh crunch from pickled radishes and a nice salsa verde.
The carnitas taco was pretty greasy, but not in an un-delicious way. It's just not first-date clean-shirt food. I was surprised that the black bean taco included rice, but it was tasty. In fact, it was still good the next morning, cold from the fridge-- a fate no taco deserves.
My only real critique is that there was too much filling in each taco-- they were all ungainly to eat. They are hefty for tacos-- big hungry guys could probably down three or more, but I could have been done at two.
The shop itself is gorgeous-- clean, modern, no-nonsense design. Great crisp colors (safety orange, faint pale blue) and honest materials (live edge wooden bar, galvanized steel, cement block).
The food and the interior both agree: this is a confident place that cares about quality, attention to detail, and satisfying, no-fuss excellence.
Soft opening details (from a sign posted in the restaurant):
Thursday to Sunday
11am to 8pm
May 8 through May 26
Grand opening May 29 11am
I've been there twice since the soft opening and love it. Jake and Kelly Ann, the co-owners, are tremendous people. Really excited to have them in Providence.
We've been enjoying Jake's tacos for a few years now - at our farmers market and the Shack in Jamestown. So happy to have a year-round spot to get our fix.
And speaking of, does anyone know if their spot in Dutch Harbor is open yet for the season?