Anyone who knows me knows that there are 2 things that are constantly on my mind: Ryan Gosling’s abs, and tacos. It’s hard to believe, but before moving to Florida, I had never heard of Taco Tuesday, whereas now, Taco Tuesday is a way of life. If you don’t know what Taco Tuesday is, Google your closest taco joint and find out what their Tuesday specials are (typically a heavily reduced price taco, or an all-you-can eat deal). And if you don’t have a taco joint near you, move.
I’ve had many taco places that I have been very loyal to in the past 9 years, but I had for some reason never explored the menu of Tacocraft. Tacocraft has locations in Fort Lauderdale and Miami, and for this dinner, I went back to my old stomping grounds in Fort Lauderdale. Disclaimer: I DO live my life as if every day is Taco Tuesday, so I was in fact there on a Thursday, because Taco Thursdays can exist if you believe in them hard enough. What’s one necessity of Taco Tuesday? Margaritas! Tacocraft has some pretty amazing recipes on their cocktail menu, but anytime I see strawberry and basil in a drink together, it’s a must for me. So I went with the Strawberry Basil Margarita, made with Corazon Blanco tequila, muddled fresh strawberries, fresh basil, Grand Marnier, agave nectar, and fresh lime juice. Fresh and delicious – I have a feeling all of Tacocraft’s margaritas hit it out of the ballpark!
The next step for a successful Taco Tuesday is to rock some guac. Tacocraft’s guacamole is made with Hass avocado, serrano, tomato, red onion, and cilantro. They also have a featured guac that changes daily. At my visit they were featuring a guacamole that had bacon in it which I was dying to try, because bacon, but when you’re dining with a vegetarian, you make sacrifices for friends. And yes, Take A Bite Out Of Boca and i are JUST that good of friends that I will skip bacon for her. The guac was great and was even better because of how great the chips were. A sturdy chip is about as hard to find as my dignity on a Saturday night, but Tacocraft does theirs right! There is no breakage happening with these babies. And they are warm and fresh out of the oven – so delicious.
Another Mexican staple for me is Mexican Street Corn. Tacocraft makes theirs with cojia cheese, cilantro pesto, and smoked paprika and it is to die for. Seriously, if you’re splitting it, you might think about plotting murder just so you can have more bites. The corn is perfectly charred and the smoked paprika gives it that great kick.
And obviously, I had to get SOME form of fries. I like Yuca Fries just as much, and sometimes more, than regular french fries. In fact, I’ve been known to stop at Pollo Tropical just for the yuca fries. And while the fast food version is sufficient, there’s nothing like an upscale version. Tacocraft seasons theirs so that they have a great kick and serves them with a mojo sour cream that pairs perfectly to cool them down. Great yuca fry success. And of course the presentation appealed to my heart – Hashtag WINNING!
And now, without any further ado, THE TACOS. There were so many to choose from that it was hard to decide on just three. But I went with my gut (which makes sense, since that’s where they’re ending up) and chose, from left to right, the Crispy Pork (adobo-chile rub, cotija cheese, charred pineapple, salsa verde, crema), the Chorizo (mexican chorizo, cotija cheese, potato hash, fried egg, cilantro, garlic aioli), and the #1 Ahi Tuna (blackened, mandarin oranges, avocado, asian slaw, crispy rice noodles, spicy mayo, flour tortilla). When I say these are THE BEST tacos I have ever had, I am NOT lying. You should know that I take my tacos seriously, and when it comes to tacos, I will never tell a lie. THESE ARE THE BEST TACOS I HAVE EVER HAD. The blackened tuna had so much flavor and was very refreshing with the slaw and oranges. The crispy pork was, well, perfectly crispy, which is how I like my pork, and was a great combo with the pineapple. But my favorite?? The Chorizo. OMG. Hold on, it actually deserves another OMG. OMG. Let’s start with the fact that it was topped with a beautifully cooked egg with an ooey goeey runny egg. I love eggs and can eat them for every meal, so that was a huge selling point when deciding on what tacos to get. Secondly, the taco is also stuffed with potato hash, so it’s like having french fries in my taco, #dreamfood. But the real best part? The chorizo is hands down the best chorizo I have had in my life. This is legit Mexican chorizo, and now I fear I will never enjoy chorizo again unless it’s from Tacocraft, it’s just that good. It would be like driving a Ferrari and trading it in for a Prius. Oh, and on Tuesdays, ALL the tacos are only $3!! There are so many Taco Tuesdays that have restrictions on what kinds of tacos you can get, but ANY of Tacocraft’s gourmet tacos are only $3 – and you can see by the picture that they stuff these babies full, so you are MORE than getting your moneys worth!
There was one more piece of business to handle before we left, and that was the quesadillas. I’ve mentioned before how quesadillas were my obsession before my french fry obsession was birthed, so of course I had to sample them. We went with the Shrimp Quesadillas, which were stuffed with a Mexican three cheese blend, black beans, charred poblanos, and caramelized onions, and served with guacamole, pico de gallo, and sour cream. The quesadilla did not disappoint. The addition of caramelized onions really made the quesadilla stand out and even though I was insanely stuffed, I still chowed down on 2 slices, because I am a glutton and clearly a quesadilla addict. Maybe I do need therapy. In the form of more Tacocraft tacos.
Remember – you can make any day a Taco Tuesday if you’re doing it right. And Tacocraft is doing it right!!
***I received complimentary noms in exchange for this post, however, you cannot bribe me with food, so all opinions are my own.