I went on a Tuesday afternoon to try out the location that had been vacated by Chase the Taste West. I went to support them in their endeavors since they have several trucks at the Farmer’s Market and I wished their actual physical location well. I try to be honest with my reviews and I’m sad to report that it was a really disappointing experience.
They are super overpriced even for Taco Tuesday. Their deal is to just double the tacos from 4 to 8 tacos for $12 which comes out to be around $1.50 a taco. They only allow 2 meats excluding the birria tacos.
I got asada and carnitas tacos. The meat was extremely gristly and chewy. It wasn’t seasoned and I can see why they offer such an extensive salsa bar, it’s to cover up the blandness of the actual tacos. They didn’t even bother to cut up the avocado.
The carnitas came with chunks of real grilled pineapples which are great, if the eyes had been cut out. Because they weren’t cut correctly, I had to fish them out of the tacos and throw them away, alongside half of their mystery meat since the gristle and hard chunks of cartilage made it almost inedible. I ended up having to throw away 3 tacos and I never throw away food.
The horchata was mostly ice and whipped cream, for their price, the agua fresca is a rip off. The service wasn’t any better, the cooks were arguing in the back, the servers were just on their phones and the only customers there were friends or family.
I love supporting local and wanted to give them a fair shot, but this experience was extremely overpriced and kinda disgusting food. With so many other great options around for Taco Tuesday, I don’t think I’ll be back. We ended up going to Pho & Rolls down the street to get decent food since we were still hungry. 🙁
Taqueria Ay Cocula 5004 Desert Blvd N, El Paso, TX 79912