Thursday, September 3, 2009

Taco Stand on Old Statesville Rd (Huntersville)

A while ago I visited a taco stand in Huntersville. That one is red and located in the parking lot of a seed and supply store on Statesville Rd.

But yesterday I visited the OTHER taco stand in Huntersville. This one is on OLD Statesville Rd., and is located in the parking lot of a Latino store. This taco stand is a little more run down than the red one, but the trailer is bigger. An over-used dry erase board holds the menu, and an english -speaking woman takes the orders and cooks the food.

It's a small operation, and the trailer fills much of the miniscule parking lot to the worn-down Latino market. But a friend recommended the food here, so I decided to give it a try.

I placed my order for two barbacoa (spicy pulled beef) tacos and was asked if I wanted rice and slasa with it. I answered, "yes, please." I then waited for the meal to be prepared.

It only took about 5 minutes, and the food was ready. Placed on a plate and covered with aluminum foil, I took it with me to my friend's place to eat.

I openend the foil and found two large soft-shell tacos in (apparently) hand made corn tortillas. The tortillas were stuffed with a good amount of barbacoa, onions, cilantro, cheese, and a hot salsa verde. The spanish rice on the side was topped with melted cheese and the salsa verde.

I took a bite of the taco. Delicious. The barbacoa was quite good, and very moist. And the corn tortillas were great -- and I usually don't like corn tortillas! The rice was bland and needed the salsa and cheese. But even with that, I didn't finish the rice -- to me it just tasted like cardboard with salsa and cheese.

Then I started to eat the other taco. But the texture was off -- something was amiss. Then I realized what was wrong... this taco's barbacoa was about 50% fat! UGH! I understand that when you're cooking meat its not unusual to have large chunks of fat. But don't serve it to the customers!

But to be fair, my friend really enjoyed his tacos, and he didn't have this problem with his barbacoa or steak tacos. So, I'll assume this was a statistical outlier. However, if you've been here let me know! I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Atmosphere: 0/5 (It's a taco stand, and there's no seating. There is no atmosphere!)
Food: 2.5/5
Service: 3/5
Total: 5.5/10

Kid Friendly: No. However, since you'll be eating somewhere else, it doesn't matter.
Price: $ (two tacos plus rice was $3.50)

Conclusion: The food was very cheap, but the one fatty taco ruined it for me. I need to go back and try some more food before I can offer a final verdict.

Restaurant Info:
White Taco Stand
(approx) 500 Old Statesville Rd.
Huntersville, NC

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