In the beginning of November, the day after my Halloween birthday, I tagged along on Kevin’s work trip to Saint Augustine, Florida. It was a birthday treat to spend some time in 70 degree weather versus the 30 degree temps back in Pittsburgh. We flew into Orlando on a direct flight and then rented a car to drive up north. On our route to Saint Augustine, we stopped for lunch in Daytona Beach.
I chose Tia’s Tacos based on its location and menu. From the menu, I was intrigued with the Birria style option and the Mexican corn on the cob (elote). I was ready for some elote. As for the tacos, I went with a barbacoa (shredded beef) taco birria style and chicken on corn shell American style. Kevin went cray-cray and ordered a quesadilla. Granted, I was talking about quesadillas a lot during the drive.
The birria taco was by far my favorite birria taco. Now, I have not tried many birria style tacos, but they are on the rise. The last birria taco I had was at St. Clair Social. I like this one slightly better because their onions were not as pungent. The beef au jus sauce was rich and light and I dipped every piece of the taco in the sauce. The cheese was a little thick and could have been more melty than blocky. The shell was crispy and full of flavor as expected from the nature of birria tacos. I ranked this taco a 4 out of 5, as I would recommend this taco to most people.
The chicken taco really surprised me. Basic, but just what I wanted. Proportionally perfect. Fresh shell, juicy shredded chicken, crisp lettuce, fresh tomatoes, and light sour cream. This was a very enjoyable taco and I ranked it a 4 out of 5. Add a light salsa and it’s easily a 5 out of 5 on the radar.
After enjoying the tacos, we made it to Saint Augustine. There, we checked out the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument with Kevin’s parents before dinner and mini golf. I’d like it to be known that I came in first place on our mini golf excursion. 🙂
Price: Mexican style $2.75 per taco, Birria style $3.75 per taco, American style $2.99 per taco. Elote $4.75