As some of you may know, I am a Halloween baby. Every year I share my birthday with Halloween. There is usually a lot crammed into the day with birthday celebrating, Trick-or-Treating, and Halloween parties. The current pandemic did not stop me from having a day full of the above festivities.
For my birthday lunch, my friend Dan took me to Lucha Street Tacos in Bridgeville. This place has been on my taco radar ever since I saw it on the list of “8 new taco spots to try in Pittsburgh”. That is how I found out about my last taco spot, El Sabor, too. There is no dine-in service for Lucha Street Tacos, but Dan and I planned to find a place to eat the tacos outside since it was so nice out that day. It has been a long time since Pittsburgh had a sunny Halloween.
While driving to Bridgeville, I pulled over so I could focus all my attention on the menu. We stopped ~15minutes before reaching Lucha, which was the perfect amount of time to place our online order.
I found out later that Lucha translates to “fight” or “wrestle” in Spanish. I made this connection when the menu mentioned a luchador (wrestler) under the La Falda taco. I kept on reading the menu and looked over the descriptions for all the taco fillings which included flank steak, chicken thighs, slow cooked pork, ground beef, vegan chorizo, and beef barbacoa. I chose USA USA USA (ground beef taco), Booyaka Barbacoa (beef barbacoa), and La Falda Res Fantastico (flank steak).
The first taco I ate, or should I say wrestled. was the La Falda. The La Falda fought a good battle with its homemade lime crema, Lucha slaw, salsa verde, queso blanco, and pickled red onion. The taco lost some points due to the dryness of the flank steak and the corn shell ripping apart too easily. Speaking of the corn shell, there was too much shell in each bite. This is where the toppings needed to take a swing, but missed the opportunity. La Falda did strike back with the flavorful and tender flank steak. This taco takes a 3 out of 5 in the overall match.
Next up in Jacki’s taco taste buds vs Lucha Street Tacos fight was the Booyaka Barbacoa. The beef barbacoa hit forcefully with cilantro lime rice, shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, and the house made lime crema. The creamy goodness of the cilantro crema weakened my taste buds. Although the crema stood out, there needed to be more of it because the cilantro rice took a majority of the taste. I believe this taco could have fought better if I chose the crunchy shell and if onion straws were thrown into the mix. The Booyaka Barbacoa also consisted of something that had a tiny bony-like texture that kept getting stuck in between my teeth. I could not figure out what it was, but it did not do well in the match. This taco came in at a 2 out of 5 on my scale.
Last in the rink was the USA USA USA ground beef taco. This is a classic, but far from basic taco with seasoned ground beef, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and shredded cheese. The ground beef kicked me in the stomach with its delicious spices and medium heat, but left me a little disappointed with its mushy, pasty-like consistency. I would have definitely preferred this taco on a crunchy hard shell versus soft flour shell. That was my mistake in this battle! All in all, this taco leaves the rink with a 2 out of 5.
After my birthday belly was full, Dan and I made spooky spider Halloween cookies for family and friends. I then turned into Bubbles from the Powerpuff Girls where I saved the city of Townsville (and Pittsburgh) and spread taco cheer to its civilians!
Price: $3.50 to $5 per taco.