I officially love tacos. Tacos and I have never really been friends. Now I know why. I had never had a really good one before.
I keep a running list of places that I would like to try. So, when were trying to find a place to eat dinner on Saturday, I went through my list. When I looked at all of the Urbanspoon reviews for the places on the list, I was reminded of Las Palmas.
Las Palmas is a grocery store that has three locations, one on Brookline Boulevard, one on Atwood in Oakland, and a new location in Washington. We were planning to go to the one on Brookline Boulevard, except we decided to go to Parker Button (an awesome selection of buttons at very reasonable prices). Being in South Side, we were so close to Oakland, we went there instead.
I had read reviews that this place has Mexican street food. I knew they sold tacos, but I really didn’t know what to expect. What we found was the best tacos I have ever eaten, made with freshly made corn tortillas (literally made in front of us). The set up is simple. It is outside of the Mexican grocery store and consists of a griddle, some warming dishes, and a toppings bar.
Two very friendly men asked us what we would like. I asked what all of the fillings were and which they liked the best. They said that they liked the barbacoa (pulled beef the best). The other options were carnitas, steak, ground beef, Mexican sausage, pulled chicken, and potato with poblanos and cheese. The potato filling looked so gooey and cheesy that I had to pick that. We also got carnitas and Mexican sausage.
These two tacos are the Mexican sausage (left) and barbacoa (right). The tacos come with two freshly made corn tortillas and the meat of your choice for only $2. After paying, you can add any toppings that you like. I chose fresh cilantro, avocado crema, pico de gallo, and hot sauce.
The Mexican sausage we slightly spicy but bursting with flavor. The barbacoa is so tender that it almost melts in your mouth. Both excellent choices.
The second plate was the potato with poblanos and cheese (left) and the carnitas (right). We added the identical toppings.
The potato and cheese was good, but my least favorite of all four tacos that I tried. While it is my least favorite, it still beats any other taco that I have ever had. The potato was soft and the poblanos added a nice textural element that made the taco have some interest. Then there is the carnitas. My favorite of all of the fillings. It was definitely cooked low and slow with all that flavor that comes from braising pork. I could eat this everyday.
At Las Palmas, they give you the option of eating there or getting it in a takeout box. We decided to eat there, which means standing outside and eating it. Next time I think we will just sit in the car even though I hate eating in the car. These tacos are so worth it. Drinks are for sale inside. I was very excited to b able to enjoy my tacos with some limon flavored soda. I can’t wait to go back.
As a note, Tacos are available daily from 12-9, even during the winter.