Looking back on our first 10 spots
By Alexander Quebec
It’s been about 10 places ago since we started the series on taco places in California. We had our say but what does the internet have to say about it? We’re looking back on reviews from Yelp, TripAdvisor and Zagat to see what they had to say about our first 10 places.
Tacos Negris – Fremont (Originally Published on March 7th, 2017)
Scores – Yelp: 4.5, TripAdvisor: 4.5, Zagat: N/A
As our first place, We tried out and gave their carnitas tacos a rave review. Both Yelp and TripAdvisor users suggested getting the shrimp and ceviche tacos a try when one makes a visit.
Koja Kitchen – San Jose (Originally Published on March 14th, 2017)
Scores – Yelp: 4, TripAdvisor: 4.5, Zagat: 4
The only place so far to have been reviewed by Zagat, Koja Kitchen’s take on fusion includes their Korean BBQ inspired tacos. Yelp reviewers loved their tacos and our article concurred with that sentiment, in addition to the savory/sweet pork tacos.
Taqueria Las Vegas – Milpitas (Originally Posted March 21st, 2017)
Scores – Yelp: 3.5, TripAdvisor: 4, Zagat: N/A
While we stuck to pork and chicken in this review, many on Yelp highly suggested the carne asada and seafood tacos. Some reviews also pointed out the free chips and salsa as huge pluses.
Tacos Metros Balderas – San Jose (Originally Published on March 28th, 2017)
Scores – Yelp: 3, TripAdvisor: N/A, Zagat: N/A
One of the most unique distinctions on this place are the means of serving the al pastor meat, especially with the cooker outside on the patio on Friday nights. Many comment that this place is more homey and neighborhood like than any other taco place we’ve reviewed so far.
Tacomania – Mountain View (Originally Published on April 10th, 2017)
Scores – Yelp: 3.5 , TripAdvisor: N/A, Zagat: N/A
Part of the Tacomania chain, the Mountain View branch is one of the newest ones to come from this former food truck eatery. Many on Yelp suggested getting the Super tacos, while we gave the buche tacos a try on our visit.
Chala Teco Tropicana – San Jose (Originally Published on April 25th, 2017)
Scores – Yelp: 3, TripAdvisor: N/A , Zagat: N/A
The lowest rated restaurant on Yelp with our reviews so far, many had issues with service and speed. On the upside, the food is usually worth the wait, but it is the Pupusas that really steal the limelight here. On our review, we gave the Huitlacoche (corn fungus) quesadillas a try out of sheer curiosity.
Dia De Pesco – San Jose(Originally Published on May 5th, 2017)
Scores – Yelp: 4, TripAdvisor: 4.5, Zagat: N/A
The highest rated taco place on our list from TripAdvisor so far, All agree that the seafood tacos and tostadas are what you came here for. All also agree that parking here sucks, so either carpool or be prepared for a bit of walking
Mogos – Milpitas stop (Originally Published on May 16th, 2017)
Scores – Yelp: 3.5, TripAdvisor: N/A, Zagat: N/A
Yelp reviewers didn’t offer much in the way of insights into the tacos, although its the short rib that comes highly recommended in our review. One yelper mentioned that the meat in the pork taco is the only thing you can taste, rather than the kimchi seasoning.
La Chilindrina Taco Truck – Fremont (Originally Published on May 23rd, 2017)
Scores – Yelp: 5, TripAdvisor: N/A, Zagat: N/A
The highest rated place from Yelp so far, many yelpers commented on the long waits. However, their patience seems to be rewarded once they get a taste of their al pastor tacos. Our review commented the yellow tortillas, which had enough strength to hold all of the juicy meats together.
La Chingada Taqueria – San Jose (Originally Published on May 30th, 2017)
A relatively new addition to East Side San Jose, with an intriguing name, La Chingada Taqueria boasts a great buche taco according to our review. Many on Yelp recommend their al pastor and lengua tacos too. Native spanish speakers are divided on the name, as many seem either repulsed or amused by it.
With that, we list out our first 10 taco reviews for our 52 Weeks of Taco series. We want to take the time to thank you guys for reading, and to keep following us on our exploration of the tacos of California. We have some more places planned, and with your help, we can make this series even better.
On that note, what did you guys think of the series? Got any places we need to check out? Let us know in the comments below.