Taqueria El Barrio offers the best and most authentic Mexican food in town. They make everything from scratch and their own corn tortillas. Everything tastes so good and fresh, especially their made to order guacamole. I love to go on Wednesdays for the taco special and for lunch in Tuesdays for the fajitas lunch special. They have an unique flavor that makes you fill like home. Don't forget to try the birria (shredded beef), in the tacos or burritos, delicious! This is definetely one Of my favorite restaurants and I enjoy coming here not only for their food, but also because their service is outstanding! You have to try it or you are definitely missing out!
Oh. My. Goodness! This place! I have been singing their praises since I went there for a late lunch with my family on Friday. SO DELICIOUS. I have literally suggested it for every meal since I last ate it.
It was a Friday like any other. We decided to try this place because, hey... tacos are delicious. We settled in and ordered our food. The menu was way more extensive than I had expected it to be. They have something called Molcajete that looked like a big ol' hodge podge of awesome served in a (you guessed it) molcajete. They also had ceviche tostados that almost swayed me, but I have a rule that when you visit a restaurant for the first time, you order the specialty of the house, which meant tacos.
I got the 3 taco meal with rice and beans. They were out of beans, but that didn't matter at all. The rices was flavorful and good, but the tacos... THE TACOS!!!!! I had the Pastor (Pork w/ pineapple marinated in a red sauce), Birria (shredded beef in the house sauce) and Adobada (pork in red sauce). All were served on house made corn tortillas with onion, tomato, cilantro and lime and some red taco sauce and some green taco sauce all on the side. The heavens opened and the veil was lifted from my eyes upon the first bite! I will NEVER be able to go back to Americanized tacos. The flavors were so perfect, so simple, so delicious... and with a Modelo Especial... it was all a miracle in my mouth.
It was all so good that my husband decided he wanted MORE tacos because the thought of ending this delicious spiritual journey into the land of taco was just too much to bear. He got the lengua tacos. I had never eaten tongue before, but after eating one lengua taco, I was ready to flip a table at my having been denied such magical meat for 32 years of life.
If you can't tell, I really liked this place. Highly recommend it.
On Wednesday, February 27, 2013 my daughter and I had lunch at Taqueria El Barrio at 101 Weems Lane, a place that was closed when I went there to check it out on a Monday. The menu was two cards laminated in plastic. The dishes included Entradas, Especial de la Casa, Tortas Cubanos, Tortas, Sopas, Cordillas, Huaraches, Quesadillas, Tacos, Enchiladas, Huevos Rancheros, Sopas Caldos, Especial el Dia, Taco Salad, along with other items I didn't bother listing.
I'll give the English translation of the makeup of Molcajete, a meat and vegetable stew whose Spanish taxed my linguistic abilities: steak, Mexican sausage, chicken, shrimp, fried onions, pineapple, green jalapeño, rice, beans, and salad, with tortillas on the side. It looked interesting, but I ordered a burrito, with a Mexican pineapple soft drink. It was a wrap, heated after being rolled up, what one would expect in a fast food operation and quite different from the ones served on a heated platter in a full service Mexican restaurant.
El Barrio provides table service. A counter at the rear has five tall chairs for those who don't wish to sit at one of the tables arranged around the room. Typical Mexican decorations adorn the wall. I understand that it opened about eight months ago, but patronage was light while we were there.
El Barrio is the successor to Perlita's at this location, which had several predecessors. The first food operation I recall at 101 Weems Lane was Mary's Family Restaurant, many years ago. Another one was Frank's Italian Restaurant, and I believe that there were still others that I can't recall.
I wanted to know what El Barrio was like, and I'll rate it as merely OK on the basis of this one visit. I may come back another time to try the Molcajete, but for now I don't believe I'll consider this place as a keeper.