November was one of the best months of the year for me. I started the month off with a celebration of my Halloween birthday surrounded by many of my Pittsburgh friends, followed by a trip to California, Tahoe, Deep Creek, and Charlotte. The month of November was mainly focused on regaining strength and range of motion from many surgeries I had this past year, so while visiting my college friends, I maintained my strict exercise regimen. On my trek, I took the opportunity to see Claudia and Trevor at the end of November in Charlotte. Like myself, Trevor is a planner and also has massive FOMO. With our urge to get the most out of a long weekend, we had a schedule packed full of breweries, walks, BBQ, tacos, and those PT stretches.
With the way our plans unfolded, we saved tacos for Sunday. We ended up getting tacos for lunch and dinner which was truly a Sunday Funday for me.
Lunch Tacos at Que Onda Tacos + Tequila
Our first taco stop of the day was at Que Onda – a place that Claudia and Trevor wanted to try since spotting it on social media. Que Onda has four locations and we chose the Uptown one as Trevor wanted to show me downtown Charlotte.
Since we made it to Que Onda on a Sunday, they had the Brunch menu available from 11am-3pm. For tacos, I had the option of breakfast tacos or traditional tacos. I went with a grilled steak taco and a market veggie taco under the traditional taco section. I asked the waitress for tomatillo salsa on the side since the tacos were only going to be garnished with onions and cilantro.
For both tacos, I rated them 3 out of 5. The texture of the veggies were spot on but there wasn’t much flavor or spunk to the tacos. The grilled steak was a desirable cut of meat but needed more to the marinade. The tomatillo salsa definitely spruced up both tacos to an extent.
Claudia and Trevor did not order tacos at Que Onda, but they enjoyed the small plates and dishes they sampled. Every dish had a beautiful presentation as you can see below.
Overall, I was not blown away by the tacos here, but Claudia and Trevor seemed to love the small plates and we all agreed that the queso here was absolutely bomb.
Price: $3.50 per taco.
Dinner Tacos at RuRu’s Tacos and Tequila
After lunch and a long walk with the doggies, Ox and Taffy, we made it to the final taco stop of the day – a trip to RuRu’s for dinner. Claudia and Trevor have been to RuRu’s one other time and thoroughly enjoyed the tacos here.
When we pulled into the parking, I noticed the red RuRu’s sign on the side of a gorgeous white building. The interior was even better with upscale taco wall decor, a decorated Christmas tree, and a sleek patio.
As soon as I read the menu, I laughed at all the creative names for each dish, especially the tacos. For example, Slappin the Bass for battered and fried mahi, Get Off My Lawn for the jalapeno pepper stuffed with shrimp, and Fat Guy in a Little Coat for cilantro marinated skirt steak. I went with You’re Going the Wrong Way grilled chicken taco and the Why So Serious ground beef taco.
These tacos were HUGE in size and full of color. I admired the presentation of the tacos even though I was ready to wreck ’em up. The first taco I tried was the ground beef taco layered with lettuce, cheese, pico, and crema. All of the toppings were placed on a soft flour shell. The ground beef was a tad salty, but well balanced with the refreshing veggies and crema. I gave this ground beef taco a 4/5 as this taco could use a little bit more cheese and I could tell this taco would sog up fast if left it sit too long. But this taco was so good that I could not let it sit long on the plate and I even ordered one more ground beef taco after dinner because it was just that good.
The other taco I tried was the marinated grilled chicken taco garnished with lettuce, avocado, cilantro, chipotle aioli, and pico. There was a hefty portion of chicken breast on this taco which was perfect in taste. This chicken was not dry either which is a common trend I find with chicken on tacos. I liked the aioli, but it was a tad on the heavy side making it a denser taco than the ground beef taco. I also thought more avocado could be sliced on top. Other than that, this taco was amazing and it comes in at a solid 4 out of 5.
Out of the five tacos that Claudia and Trevor shared, Claudia ranked the crispy chicken taco the best followed by the fried buffalo chicken, sweet and spicy steak, mahi, and then shrimp. Trevor’s favorites were the fried buffalo chicken and sweet and spicy steak tacos – he said they were very rich and a good bang for the buck.
Overall, I am very pleased with my tacos I tried during my first trip to Charlotte, especially at RuRu’s. I am very lucky to have such amazing friends in my life who open up their arms wide enough to hold me and all my tacos along the way.
Price: $3.95-$4.25 per taco.