Jan 30 2016

Tuco’s Taqueria Galway: Review

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Tuco’s Taqueria

6 Abbeygate Street upper

Galway

Open: Monday – Sunday from 12 noon – 9pm

http://www.tuco.ie

 

Taco's Taqueria Galway

Having spent more than 15 yrs living and working in the US, it goes without saying that we all love Mexican food here at Chez Wise. So much so, that due to the lack of any decent Mexican food eateries in Galway over the last 8 years, we have just had our own little weekly fiesta at home. We have pined silently and patiently for someone to open up a Chipotle or heaven forbid, somewhere like The Comet in Northside, Cincinnati, Ohio, where we used to frequent quite a bit when we lived the other side of the pond.

Over the last couple of years, there have been a few interesting additions to the Mexican food offerings in our little city-by-the-sea, and I am here to tell you that Tuco’s Taqueria is leagues ahead of the others.

Taco's Taqueria Galway

A couple of years ago, we caught wind of the fact that Boojum was coming to Galway – a chain with decent offerings and large portions. It had all the potential of becoming a favourite cheap n’ cheerful kinda place, but we all felt a little queasy every time ate there, so we ditched that plan!

For a few years, if we found ourselves in Dublin around lunchtime with little time to spare, we’d stop in to Tolteca. They frequently offer a two-for one deal and the kids and himself were kept happy. Then, joy oh joy, they opened a branch in Galway, over on Newcastle road near opposite the hospital and close to NUI Galway. It was good – but not as nice as the one in Dublin, but hey, better than nothing!

Then a few months ago, late in the autumn, we discovered Tuco’s Taqueria, hidden away on upper Abbeygate street, almost immediately opposite Lynch’s Castle cash machines, which incidentally you will need to get in line for as Tuco’s accepts cash only.

Taco's Taqueria Galway. With vibrant chalk board menus hanging on the wall, there are lots of options to choose from. They have six different salsas to tickle your tastebuds, ranging from Cremosa (mild) to Tuco’s Terror (very hot). Now, unlike the little flames on the menu at Papa Rich Asian Street Food Kitchen, where hot means hot, these salsa’s are not going hurt you too much,

Taco's Taqueria GalwayHowever, what they lack in heat, they make up for in flavour. They are all scrumptious, fresh and zingy salsas! AND, they have a kick ass hot sauce collection on the tables!

The kitchen and service crew seem native, to Mexico that is, and I think this might be the kicker for Tuco’s and why their food tastes so gooood; way more authentic to the other two places.

Take for example, their Carnitas. Slow cooked (100%) Irish Pork ..it is mildly addictive. Actually, I might just go on record here and state that it is totally addictive, and I am addicted to it.

Taco's Taqueria Galway

That look of ‘Mom, I am not waiting for you to take a photo of my food!’

Their burritos, much like all burrito joints, are massive, so go with an appetite if you are putting this Galway gem on your list of places to try. But in saying that, the kids wolf ’em down everytime, loaded with Pinto beans, rice, guacamole (divine), salsa and either chicken, pork or beef.

 Taco's Taqueria Galway

The Taco’s ( 2 per order) are my favourite. You can get wheat or corn tortillas and different fillings in each.

As with all these eateries in Galway that we find and take time to tell you about, this one was quite well priced too. Lunch, or supper, for 4 pp with soft drinks or water, comes to under forty euros every time.

Taco's Taqueria GalwayTaco’s Taqueria serves Desperados and Corona beers, but until they get a few local brews in there, I will be saving my extra dosh and sticking to the H2O for now.

With a funky interior, and seating for 40 pp (upstairs and down), Tuco’s Taqueria is a very welcome addition to the cheap n’ cheerful side of dining in Galway.

Taco's Taqueria Galway

Let me know if you have tried it? Oh, and they also use Deliveroo – so no excuse really. They can drop it to your door in 30 minutes!

That’s all for now guys n’ dolls …

next up .. Kebabs and embracing them whilst sober!

WiseMona

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2 Comments + Add Comment

  • Sounds delish’, and I couldn’t ask for a more convenient location!

    • I know .Troy … when you coming to visit??

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