Thursday, October 30, 2014

Restaurant Review: Mazunte Taqueria

So we're going to do two days of Taquerias - today it's Mazunte in Madisonville and tomorrow Redondo in Newport! I'm just obsessed with tacos - so I just keep going to them! 

Many people wonder - where the heck is Mazunte??? It's at Red Bank & Madison next to the Rainbow Car Wash. Just be forewarned - it's closed on Sundays - I found out the hard way - drool coming down my cheek on a Sunday - then I pulled in and REJECTED! 

The first thing you see when you walk in is the tortilla station. This lady has the hookup - graffiti, tortillas, chips, salsa and drinks - all within arms reach. You order at the counter and then find a seat (if you can) - then head over to this little lady with your bowl & cup in hand to get your fresh chips, salsa and a drink!

There are a range of seats - from picnic tables outside to stoops inside. The stoops are BY FAR the least comfortable things in the joint. Its like I'm at a spin class that won't end. Thankfully for us - two seats opened up at the bar!

Ahhhhh - chairs! Plus you get to watch them cook!!!

We grabbed our chips and salsa - they have 4 different choices and with the $1.50 salsa bar you can have as much as you want.

Oh the drinks!!! They have sodas but you can also get more authentic drinks. They have horchata and I tried the hibiscus flower water and...

It was delicious! It's like grape juice without the tang and tart. It's just nice, sweet and fruity! I loved it - I definitely will get this every time I go back. I had a Hibiscus Lemonade at a restaurant in Chicago and this reminded me of it - yum! I'm not sure if you get free refills - I wanted more - but I didn't want to seem greedy. So good.

So here are the chips & salsa - you get your bowl when you pay - then take it over and get some hot, fresh, crisp tortillas - sometimes blue - sometimes yellow - sometimes both! I liked the greenish salsa the best - it was a little spicy but not too much. Yum! I also could have devoured about 3 bowls of these but was trying to be good. :-)

My friend Kelly and I got the same order of 3 mixed tacos ($9) - except she got grilled fish and I got fried. This is her grilled fish taco.

These both come with Mexican slaw, guacamole and mango-habanero salsa. The mango makes it just a little sweet while the habanero adds the kick. I loved the fish - it was nice and crispy. 

We both also got the Sangria marinated skirt steak tacos topped with red-onion, pico and goat cheese. They were very heavy handed with the goat cheese - which I LOVE - but even for me - it was heavy. We both liked it and ate it - but it was our least favorite. 

Now the shredded pork topped with avocado salsa & salsa rojo was our FAVORITE! I didn't reallize but the menu online says you can sub out chicken or chorizo on this. Now I know my next order - one of each!!!  This was delicious and I could have downed two orders of these! So good! I highly recommend 3 of the shredded pork!

They also have sides - one of which is Grilled Corn ($3 - seasonal) with dried chili, aioli, lime and cheese. It looked so good - but I was pretty full and didn't feel like spending $3 for it when I wasn't that hungry.  
Why Should You Go? Cuz it's awesome! But I pretty much say that about any taqueria. I guess at least I can tell you to get the pork tacos for sure. I've also heard good things about the blue enchiladas. I will give you fair warning - if you go at peak dining times - prepare for a wait. 
Be sure to check back tomorrow for my review of Redondo! 

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