Well, flash forward to Sunday. For my lunch break at work, I coerced a buddy to go down to the Torchy's on the Drag with me.
This Torchy's does not smell like a construction site, however, it is directly across the street from a Taco Bell. Which is hilarious.
The marquee said, "Why pay more 79¢ 89¢ 99¢," which was easy to answer...
I haven't eaten at a Taco Bell since 1998. Don't think I'm missing much, except the joy of knowing that the beans go from a powder to a paste in a little gun. That's hip.
Torchy's Damn Good Taco's are a bit pricey, but they taste fresh, and have great flavor combinations. The names are great as well.
I went for the Green Chile Pork, and the Taco of the Month - Mr. Pink. The green chile taste was prominent in the GCP, and the pork was tender, pulled goodness. The queso fresco and cilantro was just like a pretty bow on a box of diamond earrings, perfect without it, but even better with it.
Mr. Pink. Oh, Mr. Pink. This taco was possibly the best fish taco I've ever eaten. Perfectly seasoned and seared tuna - nice and rare - complimented by some carrots, green bell, crispy cabbage, and some kind of mayonnaisey sauce. Mr. Pink. Mnnn. He does not tip, by the way.
Little pools of fat are a simple pleasure.
If you are looking for some nice, fresh tacos, Torchy's slams. The Trailer Park is great, get it trashy, with out the lettuce and tomato, just for shits and giggles. And don't forget about the Fried Avocado Taco, it is as good as it sounds.
So. Why pay more? Because the tacos kick ass. Eat some.