This is J’s first blog he has written ever. He decided to do a guest blog about one of the places we went to on a trip to Vegas back in August. I think it’s pretty good, but then I am biased! – C

For all of you that think Taco Bell is good Mexican food return to your regularly scheduled programming of gorditas and nachos el grande… or doritos los tacos. For those of you who have basked in the glory of real, authentic, straight off the streets of Tijuana, Mexican food then we have found the answer to your most feverent question, “What is the Matrix?” I kid, I kid.

In all seriousness, if you are seeking true taqueria/street food in Las Vegas take a trip out to Tacos El Gordo near Downtown. Come with phrasebook in hand if you don’t speak Spanish. Lucky for us, I studied it for 9 years and am able to bust out the Espanol when we are in the mood for cabeza, lengua, al pastor and even the ominous buche.

“What is “real”? How do you define “real”?” I’m going to take you to class for a little bit. Those who think that realTh tacos come in hard tortilla shells out of a box, filled with ground beef need to open your minds and your mouths to what a Mexican grandma would call a proper taco. As Morpheus said to Neo “I’m trying to free your mind.”

Tacos El Gordo has double corn tortillas with your choice of meats to fill them with, cilantro and onions, spicy guacamole, or tomatillo salsa (estilo Tijuana) with lime wedges on the side. Simple… classic… no f’ing around. Not a speck of ground beef to be seen, though a wedding reception in the parking lot was there… or maybe the aftermath of a quinceanera party. Head meat (cabeza), cow tongue (lengua), spicy pork (al pastor), esophagus (buche) were our selections. Though to be completely honest C. chose the buche without actually knowing what she was ordering.

For the less adventurous, stick with the carne asada (marinated grilled steak) or branch out to the al pastor. Pero si estas comiendo la cabeza, lengua, o el buche, eres mi amigo! (If you eat the head, tongue or esophagus you’re my friend!). Cabeza and lengua meat will have an excellent strong beef flavor, while the buche contains a unique texture leaving you wanting more. C. however wasn’t the biggest fan of the buche, and after finding out what it really was, she vowed never to have it again.

Prices can’t be beat at this place, unless you have a G6 waiting for you on the tarmac to take you to Mexico City or Tijuana at your beck and call. Fast service from the open kitchen that will prepare your tacos right in front of you, even slicing the al pastor for each order from the grill spit. Do these guys a favor though, drop them a tip for some good karma.

Don’t deny yourself these authentic pleasures. As Morpheus said, “Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself.”

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  2. Yvonne says:

    Thanks for the tip. I love street tacos. I will have to try them the next time I am in downtown LV

  3. As a local, this place is bomb after a Rebels Game or a night on the Strip! The head meat is delicious, but I am also a huge fan of the more common cEspanolarne asada! Great review and nice!

  4. sybaritica says:

    Pretty good variety! They all look good 🙂

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