Jan 26, 2018
Today I had lunch at Taqueria La Veracruzana near 9th and Washington in the Bella Vista section of Philly.
My overall impression as I walked in was that this was a place for a quick bite or take out food. The atmosphere in decor did not lend itself to a casual one. It was more like the bare bones fast food establishments of the 70’s.
“Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.”
― Orson Welles
That being said, the service was good. The staff was friendly and attentive to all the customers seated inside. They were quick to take the orders and get your drinks, chips and salsa on the table.
I had ordered the Tacos Al Pastor. The meat inside tasted of good quality and was not the rubbery, chewy kind I have had elsewhere in the city. The flavors were typical street food fair and blended together well, although they should cut back on the red onions a bit. Many Taquerias that do this more often than not and the onions overpower the other flavors which are in the taco. The chefs should really taste the tacos from time to time and they would see what I mean.
The salsas tasted homemade. I was served the salsa roja and salsa verde and both were fantastic. Good salsa enhances the chips and creates a pleasurable experience as an appetizer.
As far as the price goes, I cannot complain at all. I spent a total of $9.75 total for the 3 tacos, chips, salsas, coke and water. When looking for an inexpensive but good taco, this is one of the places I would recommend.