Posted by: michaeltempe
December 11, 2012
Growing up in a Hispanic household has many perks. Lots of brothers and sisters and cousins and aunts and uncles. This translates to lots of family gatherings: birthdays, Christmas Eve parties, weddings, baptisms, etc. In other words, lots of people all of the time. But what do people typically do, especially those with roots to Mexico? They eat. They eat lots of Mexican food.
I am pretty lucky because I grew up on beans, rice, carne asada, enchiladas, tacos, menudo (yes, it is good) and, my favorite, my Grandma’s homemade tortillas. I consider myself spoiled when it comes to Mexican food. I don’t think it is possible to find any restaurant, no matter how authentic, that can beat the stuff I grew up on. So I have learned to put my traditions aside and simply find yummy Mexican food where I can find it. And one dish that is pretty much universal is the taco. I prefer flour tortillas and carnitas, but I would never refuse other flavors.
I have found a few tacos that are great options in Tempe. First up, the carnitas taco at The Tavern on Mill. It is a beach bar kind of place and their tacos, especially on Taco Tuesday, are a great deal. Next up, Canteen Modern Tequila Bar on Mill Avenue. They have really good Mexico City-style street tacos and their selection of salsa is awesome. I especially like the carne asada, it is really good and filling. The last stop is Mucho Gusto on University Drive. Their machaca taco is tangy and juicy. Usually I prefer machaca with some onion and pepper mixed in, but it is just fine without that. And as a side note, the guacamole is extra special with a drizzle of Grand Marnier. Sweet and spicy.
At the end of the day, I suppose I can be a bit picky when it comes to Mexican food, but these three places offer some great items that I have learned to appreciate and really enjoy. Any other tacos in Tempe that anyone can recommend? I am always open to check it out!