Taco Taco’s pillowy potatoes and house-made tortillas
As a second-semester college senior, I find that breakfast tacos are one of the prime components in my life’s food pyramid. (Coffee is down there at the bottom holding everything up, where whole-wheat bread and rice should be.) It doesn’t help that Taco Taco Café is within walking distance of my apartment, either.
Year after year, the small Mexican restaurant garners awards and praise from around the city. Hard to believe, since Taco Taco can’t possibly fit more than 40 people inside. But it does well enough. Students from nearby universities (and professors — I saw two of my own there this morning) flock to the café for generously sized breakfast tacos and morning coffee or soda. Servers are so busy that they rarely sto
|Taco Taco owner Helen Velesiotis lines up the tickets, making room for one more order during the restaurant’s morning rush.|
Bean and cheese, bacon and egg, chorizo and egg, potato and egg — the rat pack of breakfast tacos is all there. Just ask for cheese (or extra cheese) on anything you want. The thing — things, I should say, that push these breakfast tacos over the edge, from good to great, are the homemade flour tortillas into which the ingredients are tucked, and the potatoes. Sweet mother of spuds. I would say slightly browned, but really I mean goldened potatoes, resembling large, pillowy cubes of fried tofu, absolutely make the potato-and-egg taco.
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The slightly buttery, never burnt, potato blocks really compliment the Super Taco. At $1.89, the Super Taco is 50 or 60 cents more than the basic breakfast tacos, but the splendor of shredded cheddar cheese, scrambled eggs (with a hint of milk?), beefy beans, potatoes, and country sausage all melting together in your mouth is so worth it.
If you’re more of a chorizo person, check out the Taco Special, which is similar to the Super Taco, but swaps the country sausage out for a surprisingly non-greasy helping of chorizo. It’s rather mild for my taste I prefer my chorizo with a little more kick, á la Las Palapas — but not having my pants stained with red oil after breakfast was a reasonable compromise.
Both the Super Taco and the Taco Special are enough to fill any normal person, but if you have the stomach capacity and metabolism of a college guy (or you are a college guy) tack one more breakfast taco onto your tab. I recommend the migas taco — Perfectly crisped corn tortilla strips and scrambled eggs. Yummy.