Horchata with Toasted Rice
Chips – Salsa Verde, Salsa Rojo, Guacamole
Carne Asada Tacos – Onions, Cilantro, Guajillo Sauce, Guacamole
Al Pastore Tacos – Onions, Cilantro, Pineapple, Guajillo Sauce, Guacamole
Wet Carnitas Burrito – Rice, Beans, 3 Quesos, Tomatillo, Pico de Gallo, Sour Cream, Guacamole
Shrimp Tacos – Creamy Cilantro Chile Sauce, Cabbage, Pico de Gallo, Cheese
Crispy Beef Brisket Tacos – Lettuce, Pico de Gallo, Sour Cream, Guacamole, Cotija Cheese, Guajillo Sauce
Carne Asada Curly Fries – Tomatillo, 3 Quesos, Pico de Gallo, Sour Cream, Guacamole
Crispy Potato Taco – Lettuce, Guajillo Sauce, Cotija Cheese, Sour Cream, Pico de Gallo, Guacamole
Mushroom Taco – Onion, Cilantro, Cotija Cheese, Guajillo Sauce, Guacamole
Shrimp Diablo Taco – Cabbage, Pico de Gallo, Sour Cream, Habanero Sauce
Bistro Taco – Onions, Cilantro, Guajillo Sauce, Guacamole, Fried Egg
Chorizo Taco – Onions, Cilantro, Guajillo Sauce, Guacamole
In a city where Tacos can be found up and down several roads east of Las Vegas Boulevard, not to mention on any number of 24/7 Bar menus for prices that frequently exceed ingredient quality, it was not until news broke of Robert Solano’s Bomb Tacos opening a second location downtown that the decision to visit his Westside original became pressing, a stop late Friday finding the Chef and his team turning out the sort of Meats and Sauces rarely seen Stateside at prices so affordable.
Open now for just over a year on South Durango across from Desert Breeze Park, a location invisible driving South and hidden going North further handicapped by a subpar website and lack of Facebook Geo-tagging, it is likely surprising to most that Bomb Tacos has actually been around so long in the Plaza also harboring Other Mama and TC’s Rib Crib, the simple signage probably not helping matters though those lucky enough to step inside will invariably be rewarded.
No stranger to the local dining scene, Solano’s involvement in Mundo at World Market Center probably his most well-known role despite time previously spent at Michelin-starred Topolobampo in Chicago, guests entering Bomb Tacos will quickly find themselves thrust into a space full of hand-built furniture where Spanish tunes play loudly, the menu scrawled in Chalk to one side with additional items including Vegetarian options as well as Beverages also available.
Operating out of a tiny kitchen with no walk-in, the product assuredly fresh and Sauces made “at least once” daily as told by the affable owner, it is after assessing the options that diners are invited to make their requests at a window where money is exchanged, a brief wait of no more than ten minutes to follow with some items coming out quicker than others, though those desiring things to be ‘coursed out’ should make it known when placing their order.
At this time a more full-service space than the one on Carson in DTLV, housemade Jamaica and Horchata for which Solano toasts his Rice to create a complex and nutty finish complimenting a collection of Mexican Sodas, it is wise for any who enjoy Chips and Salsa to begin with a basket additionally carrying made-to-order Guacamole for just $6, the fresh Chips a nice touch even though Tortillas are not made on-site while the dark Red Dip eschews heat in favor of smokiness.
Looking next at the Restaurant’s eponymous item, a variety of braised or fried Meats and Vegetables offered beneath fresh toppings including Solano’s signature Guajillo Pepper Sauce, it is no mistake that Bomb Taco’s best-seller is the Carne Asada listed atop the menu for just $2.25, the cheapest item intended as a hook and barely making its money back considering the tender Sirloin’s quality while thinly shaved Al Pastor is also a worthy contender for stomach space given its poignant aromatics that are carefully balanced with cubed Pineapple.
Further impressing with Fried Shrimp set-up against Purple Cabbage, the use of Cilantro Dressing instead of Peppers allowing Crustaceans to shine while those looking for a real punch in the mouth may instead upgrade to “Diablo” by way of Housemade Habanero Sauce, it is briefly stepping away from Tacos that guests will find Nachos, Burritos and Carne Asada Fries, the latter as messy as it is delicious with enough crispy coils and Beef to feed a group while the Tomatillo Salsa-soaked Flour Tortilla stuffed with Beans, Rice, Meat and Cheese should also be shared by all but those who are almost starving.
Capping individual Taco costs at $5, both the aforementioned Shrimp Diablo and “Bistro” version with Beef beneath fried Eggs still a good value as priced, a hidden gem on the menu is Solano’s double-coooked Chorizo that comes as a sliced Link rather than ground and dry like so many others, the intrinsic heat used as an accent rather than overwhelming everything else and arguably the most delicious item available.
Not forgetting those with dietary exclusions, Corn and Flour Tortillas interchangeable, it is with a nod to Vegetarians as well as Vegans that Bomb Tacos additionally offers three Meat-free options including earthy Mushrooms cooked snappy as well as diced Potatoes that mimic the texture of Ground Beef with lots of Seasoning, though those not harboring such restrictions should probably consider the juicy Beef Brisket on a light and crunchy Shell instead.
FOUR STARS: Truly a hard scene to differentiate oneself in, the competition abundant and prices highly variable from Strip to Suburbs, there is no doubt that Bomb Tacos is amongst the West Side’s best in terms of authenticity, quality and price – the too loud for comfort music, lack of Dessert or Beer and poor visibility (both online and from the street) notwithstanding.
RECOMMENDED: Horchata, Chorizo Taco, Mushroom Taco, Crispy Beef Brisket Taco, Carne Asada Curly Fries.
AVOID: The Potato Taco serves its purpose but is certainly not for everyone and the lack of a liquor license may also turn some off, though Beer is available at the location downtown.
TIP: Daily specials are occasionally offered on Social Media, Solano’s Octopus Taco said to be very impressive and a Lobster Taco apparently “coming soon” also something to be on the lookout for.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.