Thursday, August 12, 2010

Beef Tacos Al Carbon at Mi Rancho in Silver Spring are the best!

Complimentary chips and salsa will always give a good first impression whenever I visit any Tex-Mex restaurant, especially when it’s homemade and not prepackaged. After my fiancée and I saddled up to our table and our server brought us this complimentary starter, I prepared myself for an enjoyable meal. The salsa was pureed and not chunky (I prefer chunky) and I thought it was going to be watery, but it wasn’t: pureed but still thick. The chips were thin but didn’t break when scooping the salsa. So far, it was a good start.

We just finished our move to the area and we were facing the weekend, so we celebrated by first ordering a half-pitcher of margaritas and that was enough to get our evening swirling. We browsed the menu and found many tasty-looking items and decided on two soft tacos, one chicken and one beef, and one Tacos Al Carbon entrée. This entrée comes with two fajitas, pico de gallo, guacamole, and a side of rice.

The wait was quite pleasant though I suspect the margaritas had a factor in our enjoyment of sitting outside in this heat. But I tell you this, strong and tasty margaritas, complimentary chips and salsa, having the whole weekend ahead of me, and chatting and giggling with the best person I’ve ever met made this moment one I’ll never forget.

Anyway, back to the food. My fiancée started with the tacos and I started with the Tacos Al Carbon. When our orders arrived, I snapped a few pictures of the untouched food, then we dug in. We were both impressed with the size of my fiancée’s soft tacos. If you are really dining on a shoe-string budget, order a couple of these – two are definitely suitable for a normal-sized appetite. The Tacos Al Carbon were amazing, especially the beef. I loved the thick, juicy strips of beef, topped with the cool pico de gallo and a swath of creamy guacamole. The chicken was also thick and juicy, but I preferred the beef. Next time, I’m doubling down on the beef. After we finished half our meals, we switched. The meat of the soft tacos was minced, not cut into strips. The beef was good, but awfully greasy with reddish orange grease dripping from it as you ate. The chicken had no such problem and was the preferred soft taco.

Will we go again? Yes, probably tomorrow as the first kick-off to my birthday weekend. Speaking of which, I’m sure this weekend will bring a few food blog worthy experiences.

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