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Thursday, May 27, 2010
Tacos Salceados, Tijuana: The Taco Center of the Universe
The marlin has bright red flesh. This version isn't very far from the typical street marlin taco, but with an added lushness from the signature cremas.
The fresa taco, or taco dulce(sweet) is another feat worthy of your attention. Savory meats or seafood in a mango puree are wrapped in the quesataco. Purees of strawberry, cherry, and chopped pecans are spread on the taco adding a sweetness that clashes with the toothsome protein, then crumbles in to a heap of perfection in your mouth.
The tacos are not going to be had for a dollar, more like around a couple bucks each. It's a little more for a flour tortilla, as they pack more taco. But, you will find yourself in a comfortable place after two of these, and three tacos will take you out for the evening.
Despite Tacos Salceados being the only taqueria of its kind in the world, it always looks and feels like a huble neighborhood taqueria. The patrons are just middle class Tijuanans looking for a great taco. You see everything from teenage gothic kids, to old men in cowboy hats, students, to large groups of family and friends grabbing a bite after checking out the latest flick at the Cinepolis(local movie theater chain).
Get a seat up at the bar and watch the show. The taqueros are like some of the best I've seen in Mexico, and have adapted their street smarts to the line kitchen. There's still alot of style and play in their delivery.
It seems that tacos are a form of religion and a way of life to many on both sides of the border. If this is the case, then those of us who've been should start hearing confession. "Have you been to tacos La Ermita?"
Some of these photos were taken by my friend Tomoko, who had recently gone with me to Baja for the first time. After all these years of taking friends, I realized I had only a few pictures. Thanks Tomo! They're the best pictures on my blog. Uh....I think you can tell which ones are hers.
Avenida Ermita Norte 30
Tijuana, B.C., Mexico