As I looked at the pictures we have taken over the past few months I couldn’t help but notice the stark difference between the image of the crispy “taco” and the tacos we have actually eaten and reviewed. Sure the crispy taco image is a heavily edited jpeg from the web. However, just the form of the taco is so different. The crispy taco is so stiff (crisp, even) with 3 distinct layers of filling.
On the other hand, the Taco de Maiz from Taqueria Michoacan is so free form, some would say sloppy…I would say sexy.
((((((((CAUTION, the following includes a PG-13 rated metaphor)))))))))
Instead of tortilla, meat and a heap of cabbage I can picture sheets, people and a heap of clothes…go ahead and look at that picture and if you’ve got any imagination, you can find sexy in there.
Continuing the G rated conversation:
So one looks neat and uniform, the other sloppy and free-form. But what about when eaten? This is the crazy part where looks prove deceiving. Go in for that first bite of crispy taco shell and you know where your chin better be: directly over a plate, because as sturdy as those corn walls were to withhold the flow of meat, cheese and other filling, you just put a crack in the dam and the whole thing is coming down. Hope you weren’t trying to impress anyone with your sour cream free nose or greaseless cheeks because guess what, you’ve got taco sauce right there…no, right there, by your mouth…no, no…you just pushed it arou–there you go, you got it…for now!
Now, consider the alternative…served to you in heaps, but for a reason. A corn tortilla can handle a heap. Typically double wrapped for security the taco de maiz is able to hold its contents because of its ability to fold and flex. The warm tortilla has some elasticity and give, but only enough so that it still melts in your mouth. And what is the shape of the final form of this taco as it is brought up to the mouth….a circle…just like your mouth. Perfect. Oh, you should still hold it over a plate, wax paper, or to-go box. But this is to catch the wonderful juices from the meat or salsa that you can then dip your taco in before the next bite. Its perfect. Its functional. And its oh so sexy….
Enjoy the gallery of tacos we have tasted and loved. We hope to visit a brand new place that just opened this week so come back in a day or so…
Lengua Taco from El Si Hay
One of Each from Virginia’s
Carnitas, Chorizo, and Pastor tacos from Ole Frijole in Portland, OR.
Chicken Taco from Pollo Fiesta