In case you missed it, my column that appeared in Thursday’s Go! section of the Monterey Herald this week included a whirlwind tour of local taquerias, starting with Mi Tierra Carniceria and Supermercado. I’ll be reposting my reviews and stories from my weekly column for the Herald here on my blog along with extra photos that didn’t appear in print.
These days, it seems like everyone is looking for cheap eats. About every two weeks, I find my penchant for eating out putting a strain on my wallet. That’s when I ditch the fine French foods in favor of bargain bites from any number of the taco shops around town.
Some spots try to class up the humble taco with gourmet ingredients — and gourmet price tags. But nothing can replace the charm of an authentic, no-frills taco: two corn tortillas, a choice of meat and a dollop of salsa — simply delicious.
Many taquerias around town offer tasty tacos that will fill you up, but won’t cost you too many pennies. Seaside, for one, has many great taquerias popular with locals — the Grub Hunter swears the best tacos are found at Garcia’s Taqueria; Baldemiro’s Taco Shop is popular with many of my friends; and there’s positive buzz about the new kid on the block, Tacos El Jalisciense.
But here’s a list — by no means exhaustive — of some of my recent favorites.
Mi Tierra Carniceria and Supermercado
The little taqueria tucked away in the back of Mi Tierra Carniceria and Supermercado consistently takes the vote among locals for best tacos in town.
The tacos are cheap — just $1.50 apiece — but packed with authentic flavor. The menu includes the usual suspects, as well as traditional tacos like barbacoa de res (marinated beef), lengua (beef tongue) and tripitas (tripe).
Most recently, I ordered a trio of tacos — barbacoa de res, carne asada and carnitas.
The barbacoa de res was my favorite, made with tender chunks of beef cheeks. The meat was slow-roasted in chilies, giving it a rich, spicy flavor, tempered with salsa verde on top.
The carne asada taco was packed with a generous portion of grilled beef; the carnitas (shredded pork) were tender, but I wished they’d been crispier outside.
I found the tacos a little heavy on cilantro and onion, but that’s a minor complaint considering I got a great dinner for just $5!
Mi Tierra Carniceria and Supermercado is at 1000 Broadway Ave. in Seaside. 394-8113. www.yelp.com/biz/mi-tierra-carniceria-and-supermercado-seaside.