Flat Iron Steak and Slow Cooked & Smoked Pork Taco Combo – Melted Cheese, Over-medium Egg, Lettuce, Pico de Gallo, Black Beans, Mexican Rice
Rotisserie Chicken Taco – Shredded Cheese, Pico de Gallo, Lettuce
Sausage and Scrambled Egg Burrito with Rice, Pinto Beans, Roasted Corn, Tomato, Melted Cheese
Nutelladilla – Nutella, Butter, Cinnamon-Sugar, Whipped Cream, Vanilla Ice Cream, Chocolate Sauce
Located in the suddenly rejuvenated Arts District and offering “Unique Mexican quick serve Cuisine” it was for Breakfast on Saturday that a visit was paid to Tacos Huevos on East Charleston, the spot originally noticed thanks to its raucous patio after a disastrous dinner at Mingo Kitchen empty save for one other couple at 9:30am.
Open for “Breakfast, Brunch and Brinner” per the website and luring in Instagrammers by way of Yassss Yolk Porn and Savage Cheese Pulls, the fenced-patio yielding entry to an L-shaped space with counter and kitchen to the right and a sort of Mexican Steampunk dining room to the left, it was while standing back assessing the situation that a pleasant Hispanic cook stood waiting and happy to answer questions, the menu admittedly a bit confusing to those who haven’t previously examined it closely.
Suggested as an alternative to “boring breakfasts and drunken Taco Bell drive throughs after a kick ass night in sin city” as though this was some sort of challenge, the offerings in reality more akin to Chipotle with Tacos, Bowls, Burritos, Salads, Tostadas, or Nachos offered as a base to various Meats and Protein-substitutes plus unlimited “healthy ingredients” that make one question whether fresh = healthy in 2018, it was after a quick bit of mental math and judgment of the day’s plan that three Tacos, a Burrito plus one Dessert and Coffee were ordered at a total cost of $32.20 before tip.
Requesting half of the order for dine-in and half packed to-go, though parts of each were tasted in the dining room while still hot, it was while Dessert was being prepared that Tacos topped with flavorless Rotisserie Chicken, Steak and smoked Pork were found to be largely indistinguishable from one another beneath melted Cheese and a fairly standard list of Toppings, the over-medium Egg placed sloppily on the side really serving no purpose even though the website suggests “eggs and tacos go together like Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera”…which apparently means together but separate with the later prone to infidelity?
At this point figuring it safe to further poke fun at the online hyperbole, the “idea that subtle infusions in Mexican food can have a profound impact” probably a bit high-brow for Quick Casual, it was turning attention to a forearm-size Burrito that the best of Tacos Huevos offerings was discovered, the chopped Sausage featuring a smooth grind and nicely matched to a fluffy Omelet, Cheese and Corn while a $8.95 “Nutelladilla” suggested for two or more was easily finished by one, the sweet Spread plus Butter and Cinnamon-Sugar becoming nice and crisp beneath Whipped Cream and a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream.
TWO AND A HALF STARS: Not particularly ‘bad,’ and certainly more fresh or unique than Rubio’s, Baja Fresh or Chipotle, Tacos Huevos would be well served to know its role and focus on seasoning its Meats rather than coming up with odd hooks that likely won’t do much but annoy “discerning patrons.”
RECOMMENDED: Sausage and Egg Burrito, Nutelladilla, Black Beans.
AVOID: Rotisserie Chicken may as well have been plain Tofu while Steak and Pork were almost identical save for the shredded versus chopped texture.
TIP: 8:30a to 9:30p Sun-Thu and open till 12:30a on Weekends.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.