Monday, September 21, 2015
Tacusa ~ Fort Worth, Texas
Food: While the front of the menu clearly portrays a Mexican taqueria, it becomes obvious quickly this is truly an El Salvadoran eatery. All the same, I stuck with street tacos and tried their carne asada, pollo, and al pastor. Priced attractively at $1.25 and listening to a sizzling kitchen, I felt I could do no wrong. Tacusa features a salsa bar with 3 different sauces, an onion/cilantro mix, lettuce, and other items. So we gathered up a sample of each, sat down, and a few minutes later out came my tacos. Well these are kind of dinky, aren't they? Explains the cost. Double corn tortillas, but extremely small, and packed with the meat of my choice. From there you add the onions, etc... The beef was slightly tough (I have to say this is where most taquerias struggle the most), the al pastor had a very nice marinate, and the chicken was delicious with delicious spices. The salsas were somewhat disappointing. Both the molcajete and the verde were thin and runny - and lacked spice. The spicy chile de arbol was by far the best, but even at that, it was a bit mild for the style. Mrs. RJG had two papusas, one with pork and the other shredded chicken. She didn't enjoy the pork much, but said the chicken was very good. She did like the cheese quite a bit, and the corn tortilla was cooked right. They also serve breakfast.
Drink: Mrs. RJG had the horchata, which was creamy, rich, with a nice cinnamon flavor. I sampled a couple of sips. Not something I would drink a lot of, but certainly can appreciate the beverage. They also have homemade lemonade, otherwise it's bottled drinks.
Location: On the northeast corner of Beach and Basswood. This used to house Ted E's Burgers & More that we wrote about many years ago. You order up at the counter, and there's plenty of seating. Comfortable surroundings.
Rating: 3.0. Definitely a good place, but we didn't feel it transcended the genre much. We might give it another try in a couple of years, unless we're convinced to go back sooner.
Hours: Sunday: 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m; Monday-Thursday: 9:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.; Friday: 9:00 a.m.-Midnight; Saturday: 8:00 a.m.-Midnight