Taco love was in the air this Valentine’s Day. After a day of work in the OR pharmacy, I changed out of my hospital scrubs and met up with Steve for tacos. Steve knew that the only meal I would accept on Valentine’s Day is tacos. Tacos have a special place in my heart.
Now I have already blogged a few times about the tacos at Doce Taqueria, but I wanted to keep my readers updated with the newest tacos available here. There have been a lot of changes with Doce Taqueria including the following:
- The Southside Doce Taqueria has moved on Carson Street from 12th to 13th street. This location has more seating in addition to the bar space, including booths and tables. They still play popular and maybe forgotten songs from the alternative rock genre which is always quite enjoyable to hear while eating tacos.
- A second location opened up in the North Hills on McKnight Road and there is even a parking lot at this one! Check out my map page for updated markers for the new locations.
- The menu has expanded to include street corn (when in season – from a farm in Evan City that partners with Doce Taqueria), choco tacos, fish tacos, and potato tacos.
- The introduction of the crunched shell. This may be my favorite of all the changes. Just like before, you can have your taco on a soft corn shell or toasted flour shell. But the crunched taco gives you the combination of both a crunchy corn shell wrapped in a toasted flour shell and glued together with cheese. There is a similar shell option at Condado.
So without anymore wait, it is time to taco’bout my tacos. The first taco I had was the Vegetarian taco with black beans, lettuce, pico de gallo, guacamole, cilantro, lime, cheese, and crema all on a corn shell. I gave this taco a 3 out of 5. Nothing really stood out here for flavor, but I did enjoy all of the toppings together. I ended up ordering this taco again less than a week later when I went to the Mcknight location and gave it a 4 out of 5 when I had it with the crunched shell. I would definitely order the black bean taco again on the crunched shell. I absolutely would recommend this taco. The loaded guac in the taco was a bonus in between the crunchy shell. It was like having an extra side of chips and guac.
The second taco I munched on was the Americano taco loaded with seasoned ground beef, cheddar cheese, lettuce, pico de gallo, cholula crema, and lime on a corn shell. I have had this taco many times before and I feel like this taco fluctuates on my scale between a 3 and 4 out of 5. The ranking is affected by the beef, temperature, and corn shell. I’ll give it a 3 if the beef is too sirloin-like and not seasoned enough, if the temperature of the taco is not hot, or if the corn shell is too tough. Other than that, it is a 4 in my book as I am always craving this taco and I always order it each visit.
The final taco I tried was the Carnitas taco dressed with slow smoked pork, Mexican Slaw, Pico de Gallo, Mexican Farmer’s cheese, cilantro, and lime on a corn shell. Now, I tried a bite of Steve’s carnitas taco on a crunched taco, and boy was it amazing. I was taken aback by this taco. It was mind-blowing. Taco of the town type taco! The steamed carnitas with the melted cheese, the crunch from the slaw, and crispy shell was to die for. This taco was the reason I had to stop a second time in less than a week at the Doce Taqueria on Mcknight Road. Because of all the above, I give this taco a 5/5. My first 5 out of 5 taco in the Burgh people!
Steve agreed with the 5 out of 5 rating for the carnitas taco. He gave his black bean taco a 3 out of 5 and the fish taco a solid 4 out of 5. He loved the fish taco with fried cod, pico, Mexican slaw, Doce sauce, cilantro, and lime but he still liked the one at Lone Star in Boston better, with their unforgettable mango salsa.
After our lovely dinner, we headed to Games N’ At for some friendly competitive games before the 9pm rush of teens. Overall, I think we nailed this Valentine’s Day.
Price: $3.75 per taco at McKnight location, $3 per taco at the Southside location.