Saturday, April 16, 2011
Buenos Aires Day 2: Dinner at Fabrica del Taco
I've been bitching that I haven't had Mexican food much here, so I must report on this experience.
Thanks to Gringo in Buenos Aires' post concerning Mexican food in BA, I was able to find Fabrica Del Taco, a Mexican food joint in Palermo SoHo within walking distance from where I was staying.
I was starving and in major need of something resembling beans, possibly rice, and things that come on a tortilla. Upon arriving at Fabrica Del Taco, it was clear that I was about to be in heaven.
The décor is cheesy fantastic Mexican luchadores masks throughout, and the staff was really nice. I was flying solo and the place was busy, but they invited me to sit at the bar counter. I opted to sit against the outer bar wall with a ledge/countertop all to myself. I got the menu and my eyes nearly jumped out of my head when I saw they had micheladas on the menu.
I was SO pleased. The michelada was really good, and made with Corona. So, 1 point for YOU, my dear new friends. Then, the waiter asked if I liked spicy things, to which I replied that yes, I live in Texas, and he brought me some serious hot sauce and chopped onions with cilantro to go with my food. 2 points.
I opted for 2 tacos: one was carne asado on a fried corn tortilla (note: They aren't quite sure what to call things correctly here - we'd just call it a tostada) with guacamole. The guac was more saucy than dippy, but it wasn't bad. The problem I had was the consistency of the meat. It wasn't ground beef, and wasn't quite what you'd picture carne asado to be, either. It was kind of in between, and a bit tough. However, it was good enough for me to eat all of it, being deprived of my neighbor of the South's specialties for so long.
The second taco was much better, which featured pork and beef. I forget what it was called, but it was good (better than just the beef). I ordered a side of refried beans (everything is pretty much a la carte, as far as I could tell) and they brought a basket of tortilla chips. The chips were pretty good, or at least the best I've had in Argentina.
All in all, it wasn't mind-blowing but considering where it is and what the alternatives are, it definitely hit the spot. Bravo, Fabrica del Taco. Bravo.