by Thomas Miller – Food Blogger for Vero Vine
I got a HOT tip from Vero Vine’s editor that there was this secret taco place in an alley off of 14th street somewhere downtown. He wanted me to go and look for it and try it out. I pressed him for more information since it was vague at best, and he reached out to the person that gave him the tip. We finally got the exact location, and my wife and I drove around and eventually did find the place. I parked on the street and walked down the alley to it. To my surprise, it’s just what you see in the picture above. It’s a pop up taco stand that only operates only on Friday nights from 7:00pm till about 2:00am right out the backdoor of the Irish American Club. Don’t let the appearance fool you though, the food is AMAZING! They serve tacos, Mexican soda’s and bottled beer. Let’s dive in and see what I had to eat!
All of the taco meats are freshly cooked before service and as they run out. From what I can remember they offer beef, chicken, pork, chorizo, al pastor, and beef tongue. I arrived around 6:30pm and they were not quite ready for service yet, so I hung around and watched them cook. The smells were intoxicating! If the tacos are half as good as they smell, then I’m in for a treat!
Here are a few of the toppings they offer. Cilantro, white onion, a mixture of what looks to be white onion, cucumber, habanero peppers, and sliced radishes. They also had sautéed onions as well
Two different types of salsas to choose from. The reddish orange one is hotter, and the green one is milder. I like things hot, so I tried the reddish orange one on my tacos.
Here are the two tacos that I got. One beef and one pork. They come with just the corn tortilla and the meat. You then choose what else you want on top. I went traditional and did white onion and cilantro, salsa and lime juice. They were amazing! The tortillas were grilled, the meat was flavorful, and the toppings were fresh.
I went to Mexico back in the mid 90’s and these tacos are truly authentic and brought back memories of my travels there. While the location is somewhat hard to find, it’s definitely worth the time to seek them out. At only $2.50 per taco, you can eat till you are stuffed and not empty your wallet either. They have been doing this for almost 3 years now, and I think they will continue as good as they are.
Have you tried them? What do you think? Sound off in the comments below and let me know your experiences with them.
Atmosphere – 2 Forks
Service – n/a
Food – 5 Forks
Ratings Scale Legend:
1 to 5 Forks – 1 Bad to 5 Excellent
Behind the Irish American Social Club
1314 20th St, Vero Beach, FL 32960