Alley Tacos – Restaurant Review

by Thomas Miller – Food Blogger for Vero Vine

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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!

taco meat

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!

toppings

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

Salsa

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.

Alley 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.

In Conclusion:

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

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Stacy Cook
5 years ago

Fantastic Friday!

Stephanie
5 years ago

I can’t believe you revealed Vero’s Best kept secret…Back Alley Tacos as we call it. Popping in for tacos became a Friday night tradition, pre-baby, but we still go when we can. 5 Forks for Back Alley Tacos!

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Stacy Cook(@stacy)
5 years ago
Reply to  Stephanie

We take our kids and baby :) they love it.

Katie Profeta
5 years ago

….can’t believe you shared the secret of Gutter Tacos! It’s like Fight Club…

Also, why two stars on atmosphere? I normally grab Tacos while I’m at Stamp and bring them back inside. There is always great people watching!

Thomas Miller
Thomas Miller
5 years ago
Reply to  Katie Profeta

Because its in an alley with dumpsters and weird smells, LOL!!! Be sure to check them out at Grumpy’s Burgers and Beers soon on Taco Tuesdays! Now you don’t have to wait till Friday to get your Alley Taco fix!

Katie Profeta
5 years ago
Reply to  Thomas Miller

But….it’s in a back alley, what more did you expect?! Can’t really discredit that IMHO. The food more than makes up for the atmosphere. <3

Elyse
Elyse
5 years ago

Taco Alley Man……shhhh…best kept secret in town!

Phyllis Turner
5 years ago

Yeah Stacy, you’re in BIG trouble buddy!! It’s a Friday night tradition for us too. The food is OUTSTANDING and chatting it up with the cooks is helping me with my Spanish! I love that the tortillas are made on the spot, by hand and the kids help too. The location is the best part…like it was mentioned…like Fight Club!