In the beginning of January, I met my friend Steve at House of 1000 Beers for beers and tacos (a dynamic duo). This was my first visit to a House of 1000 Beers. They have two locations, one in New Kensington and the other in Warrendale. I made sure to clarify which one we were going to meet at since I am known for showing up at the wrong bar or location quite often. For instance, La Palapa in Southside moved from 19th to 22nd St for expansion and I learned that the hard way the other week.
So Steve and I agreed to meet at the New Kensington location. We grabbed a high top table and scanned the beer list. I went with a honey blossom hefeweizen beer to start. The list of tacos on the menu was short, which made taco decisions a little easier.
Tacos included the following:
- Chicken with smoked gouda, bacon, and house made buttermilk ranch.
- Pulled pork with pepper jack cheese, crispy onion straws, and braising liquid reduction.
- Slow cooked chorizo sausage with potatoes and lime crema.
- Sushi grade tuna tossed in chipotle aioli.
Steve recommended the pulled pork tacos here as he orders them every time. I was thinking about asking him to do a classic taco swap with the chicken tacos, but Steve is not a fan of ranch. He did mention that he may dabble into the chorizo sometime. I should of made him dabble, but I wanted the pork as well.
Halfway through my hefeweizen, the tacos arrived. The pulled pork tacos were dressed in the above ingredients but also with lettuce, tomato, and pickled onions. I loved how packed the tacos were with fillings. With my first bite, I noticed the juicy and tender pulled pork. The braising liquid reduction allowed for a more concentrated and intense flavor surrounding the pulled pork meat. Although the liquid reduction sauce was overpowering towards the end of the taco, as it was siphoning out the back end of the shell, the lettuce, tomato and crispy onion straws absorbed some of the intense flavor. The taco had some saltiness to it from the pork, onion coating, and the pepper jack cheese, but it was balanced by the refreshing lettuce and tomatoes. I loved the crunch effect from the onions and the surprisingly lightness to the taco despite all its ingredients. Overall, I would give this taco a 4 out of 5 because I would recommend this taco to most people. The toppings on this taco complimented the pulled pork and sauce very well.
With the pulled pork taco scoring high, I will definitely be back to try the others. Maybe next time I can convince Steve to do a classic taco swap.
Price: $11-14 for two tacos with aside of slaw and jalapeno cornbread. Tuesdays: Half off pork and chicken tacos and $3 margs.