All too often, I spend a lot of my time thinking about tacos and when and where my next hankerin’ will be satisfied. Considering that there’s seemingly two or three Mexican restaurants in every neighborhood, it’s easy to say that good tacos aren’t hard to find in Louisville. But GREAT tacos, well that’s another story.
To appease my latest craving, I decided to visit El Taco Luchador, a spot that I often overlook for reasons I can’t explain. Tucked in between a few Irish bars on Baxter Avenue, this taqueria offers a broad selection of gourmet tacos, which are ordered by the each (ranging from $3.25 to $3.99). Considering I hadn’t been in to this place for a while, it took me a few minutes to study their menu before I decided on the Carnita and the Mole tacos.
Here’s what they looked like when they were brought to my table:
To start, I first dug in to the mole taco which is comprised of mole poblano braised chicken, corn, poblano peppers, crema, and cotija cheese. I picked it up with two hands and immediately noticed that the corn tortillas were perfectly warmed and that the ingredients were easy to tuck away and hold into place between each bite. The chicken was tender to the point of falling apart, which rules because who likes chewy chicken? I feel a lot of Mexican spots around town have that problem, but not here.
Take a look at the mole taco below:
Next, I dug into the carnitas taco which contains pork, queso fresco, pickled onions, tomatillo, cilantro, and cream. I also added a slight drizzle of jalapeño sauce for an added kick. The pork had a slight exterior crispiness, but past that thin layer of crust was perfectly cooked, tender meat. The pickled onions are the unsung hero of this taco, adding a small flavorful crunch to each bite. This one might be my favorite.
Take a look at the carnitas taco below:
I also ordered a can of Corona and a side of sweet potato fries because nothing cures a well-earned hangover like fried vegetables and more beer. Did I mention I was hungover? Anyway, you don’t care about my drinking habit or sweet potato fries. Right now, I’m talkin’ tacos, homie, and El Taco Luchador may have the best tacos in Louisville offering a hefty selection of killer options (I really want to try the fish taco!). It’s also worth mentioning how deceptively filling these two tacos were. I underestimated them as they looked a bit small when they were delivered to my table.
Maybe you haven’t been to this place, or perhaps you’ve been every day this month. Either way, every day is a good day for a good taco, but why settle for good? Get your ass over to El Taco Luchador for a great taco today.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Phillip Olympia is absolutely, positively not a food critic. Having said that, he really, really loves food, and he really appreciates Louisville’s effervescent independent restaurant scene which is why we have decided to embark on a weekly series of posts documenting a singular item from a particular menu from one of many local spots. We’re calling this series “Food For Fun” because, well, I don’t know. It’s a dumb name, but you’ll get over it.