Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Tacos El Paisa

Carne Asada and Carnitas Tacos.JPG

It is always a challenge to to find something cheap and easy to eat in Salt Lake City on Sunday. To make matters worse we had already blown our weekend food budget with several trips to our new favorite spot, Acme Burger Company, so we needed something affordable.

My numero uno taco cart happens to be located at 7200 South State Street in Murray, but on this particular Sunday it was nowhere to be found. Such is the risk when your restaurant is mobile. With my preferred restaurant on wheels closed we rolled downtown to the taco cart epicenter: located at the downtown Sears (between State Street and Main on 800 South).

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Tacos El Paisa Dining Room

K likes Tacos El Paisa because she can get a veggie burrito there. I happen to think that this particular cart also has excellent beans, and a nice thin flour tortilla (they also have cheese, which some do not offer).

I ordered a carne asada taco and a carnitas taco. The carne asada had a grilled smoky flavor and was my favorite. The carnitas was chunky and tasty, but I usually prefer my pork shredded. The salsa was bright and fresh...not to mention spicy.

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Carne Asada Burrito -$3

I accidentally ended up ordering an extra burrito because of my poor Spanish skills, so in addition to K's veggie, we got this bulky carne asada number. I swear the burrito weighed well over one pound, no joke. It took me two days to finish the whole thing.

If you are looking for a great deal, don't be afraid to try one of these mobile dining establishments. The ambience might not be worthy of a Michelin star, and the seating is usually in the form of a curb or a brick wall, but the food is the real deal.

- J

Tacos El Paisa
800 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

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Blogger Sara Z. said...

Enjoy it while you can - a friend just pointed out this article in the Trib: http://www.sltrib.com//ci_6804294?IADID=Search-www.sltrib.com-www.sltrib.com

2:03 PM  
Blogger K&J said...

Yes, it is unfortunate that the taco carts are under such scrutiny.

I have yet to see such acts near my favorite carne carts, but it is possible. I suppose that if we applied the same logic we might be closing down bars downtown...or hiking trails in the national forest. I have a feeling it really has more to do with the fact that the Ferrari dealership doesn't mesh with taco carts.

Fortunately, my favorite cart is located outside the city boundaries, so it is safe...for now.


6:01 PM  
Blogger Valley Girl said...

OMG Carne Asada burritos are my true downfall. Nothing messes up my diet like Mexican food.

2:48 PM  

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