My coworker Charlie, and his better half Cassie, turned me on to this new little jalisco place at the corner of Manor and Loyola called Taqueria Huentitan . It is your average Texas strip mall restaurant and like most strip mall restaurants it had informative, clearly labeled front windows displaying the restaurants specialties and a very low-key interior including handwritten specials and agave posters on the walls and the customary TV-in-the-corner featuring the Tela Novela du jour. So yes, everything you are looking for in a legit Texas strip mall taqueria.
Today we decided to sample several of their items and fillings. Here are our findings:
- Chips/Salsas - The chips were store bought and a little stale and the table salsa was blah, not much going on, but the two other salsa's were excellent. There was a spicy flavorful red salsa that had plenty of heat and a very nice texture, and a spicy, smoky, pureed jalapeno salsa that reminded me of Los Jaliscienses' green sauce.
- Fillings - Al Pastor (very good, seasoned perfectly), Carne Gusida (Moist, but not much flavor), Barbacoa (really tasty, smoky, excellent), Fajita (soggy, fatty, stay away), Avocado (fresh, nice)
- Beans/Rice/Potatoes - The beans were watery, but they did have some flavor and the rice was okay. The potatoes, on the other hand, were outstanding. They were flavorful and had a crisp crust and the perfect texture.
- Items - Tostada (stale shell, no thanks), Tacos (Corn and Flour Tortillas were store bought, but decent), Migas (bland, no texture, cheese was chewy), Combo Plate (Nice portions for the price and loaded with fresh avacado)
All-in-all it is a pretty decent taqueria, nothing special, but they did have a few great things. Stay away from the tostadas and table salsa and stick with the potatoes, al pastor and barbacoa tacos and combo plates...and ask for the green salsa!
Taqueria Huentitan - 3 stars - jarod
4700 E Loyola