Tacos

It was Taco Tuesday this week with Tajin serving up dinner. Included in the meal was barbacoa street tacos, the El Tajin Rito Taco (gold star) and a cup of beans. 

There was a time in my life where at least one weekend night was reserved for tacos. Now I understand the concept of Taco Tuesday. In fact, at times I embrace it. 

That was the situation I found myself in this week. 

After a weekend of grilling some hamburgers, hot dogs and eating salad to even it out, I was in the mood for a Tex-Mex meat sandwich. Meat sandwich is the name I have given tacos in the past. Feel free to use it, but do refer to me in a good way. 

The good thing about Baytown is there are numerous places to buy tacos. In fact, I have a bucket list item to dine at every Mexican food eatery in the city. But Lord, you ocean is so big and my boat is so small. 

One place I can definitely mark off the list is Tajin Mexican Café. I have dined there a couple of times and even stopped at its truck during $1 Taco Day in Town Square. Thank you Baytown Parks and Recreation for that event.

Before going to Tajin, I went online and looked over the menu items that come complete with pictures. In some ways, it was a trap. The photographer did a solid job because everything looked so good. It was so appealing I nearly lost my train of thought and ordered a hamburger. Nothing against the burger, but the heart knows what it wants and hamburger Tuesday doesn’t have a ring to it. 

Rather than call the order in, I waited until I arrived to order. I am always willing to be swayed by a good-looking plate or a special. I went first with the Barbacoa street tacos. They are served with maguey leaves. I have no idea what that is but ignorance is bliss. It did come served with a healthy helping of grilled onions along with red and green salsa. 

My advice is go with all of it. The onions were a nice addition and I enjoyed both salsas. And they did a nice job of setting up the star of the day. Tajin offers the El Tajin Rito Taco. I like to order something with the restaurant’s name in it. I figure if it were bad, they wouldn’t own it like that. 

The taco comes with fajita, chorizo, beans rice, Pico de Gallo and avocado. And it explodes with flavor. I took the option of flour tortilla and fell in love like I had met my wife for the first time. I did not use the salsa. It stood on its own. 

There was a small cup of beans included that simply made me jealous. My personal skills are rudimentary and I cannot begin to sniff making a good batch of beans. 

Those who would like to offer some tutoring lessons feel free to contact me with the information below. 

Throw in some queso and it was a good day. Tajin offers the chips fresh as you can get. I watched as the handful of corn tortillas was placed in the fryer and transformed into a cheese dip receptacle. 

As a side note, the service was quick, which is a definite perk. But don’t take my word for it, judge for yourself. 

Tajin is open from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It is located at 200 N. Alexander Drive in Baytown. 

Michael Pineda is the assistant managing editor. He can be reached at 281-425-8018 or michael.pineda@baytownsun.com

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