Spicy Tacos and a Heated Cornhole Competition at Social

Spicy Tacos and a Heated Cornhole Competition at Social

At the end of October, Jason invited me to watch his playoff game in the PSL Cornhole League hosted at Social.  Social is located in Bakery Square at 6425 Penn Ave, which is an area that I do not venture to that often.   A minor side note, but I played one season of PSL Cornhole a long time ago, back when Double Wide Grill held the league in Southside.  Once I realized how competitive it really was, I sort of ditched that league after one season.   Now,  after hearing the competitive heat between Jason and his friends, I still stand behind my decision to pass on this league.  I will stick to my Ultimate Frisbee.

Before Jason and Jon’s game,  Jason and I parked ourselves at the bar and ordered some tacos from the appetizer section of Social’s menu.  Jason told me ahead of time that Social had tacos on their menu and that they were definitely worth trying.  He did not steer me in the wrong direction with Niko’s tacos (click here for my blog on Niko’s tacos)  so I took his word for it.  The one and only taco option on the menu was guapo tacos.  The tacos consisted of fried chicken, cilantro and pickled onions drizzled in guapo sauce and placed on a flour tortilla with a lime wedge on the side.

I had absolutely no clue what made up guapo sauce so I did a little behind the scene research, and found some pretty fascinating stuff.  This version of guapo sauce is formulated by a couple, Luis and Joanne,  right here in Pittsburgh.  The Pittsburgh couple met in Mexico, where Luis lived and Joanne attended grad school.  Luis brought his version of guapo sauce back with him when they moved to the States in 2003.  His version mainly consisted of a sauce blended with garlic and chili peppers.  The spicy sauce pairs with foods that lean toward Latin flare.  Originally in Mexico, the sauce is used like a steak sauce.  Here in the United States, it is used a lot of the times as a marinade for chicken, fish, or veggies.

In Spanish, guapo means “bold, boastful, brave, handsome, and attractive.”  I feel like you need to be bold and brave to try the sauce, since it is spicy!  You definitely have to like spice to enjoy guapo sauce.

two fried chicken tacos
Fancy tacos? I think so.

So without any more wait, I tried the guapo tacos.  This was my first ever fried chicken taco and I would classify this taco as a nontraditional taco.  It might also fall under the fancy taco category because of its presentation.  This may be an unusual way to describe the taco, but it was pretty.  Deep pinks from the pickled onions complimented the greens from the cilantro and lime, and the mustard hue from the sauce and golden brown from the chicken coating.  The fried chicken was massive and took up the majority of the flour shell which left me wondering-  how was I going to tackle this taco?

same two tacos

I started by tying my hair back and going in right for the chicken.  My lips started to tingle immediately from the guapo sauce.  My nose was running so much and I drank about 3 full glasses of water to handle the spice from the sauce.  I looked like I was crying with all the tears building up.  I struggled to finish this taco, but I had to because it was so good.  The sauce had a creamy zest to it which blew my mind for its thin makeup.  The coating on the chicken was crispy and perfect.  I was impressed by how much chicken was hidden beneath the coating.  The pickled onions were also top notch and almost made me want to go home and start pickling onions myself.

This is definitely a taco I would recommend to anyone who likes spicy things.  I loved the crispy chicken and every topping.  If I could just get behind the spicy guapo sauce then this would be higher on the list of my favorite chicken taco in the Burgh but I am too weak in the spice department.

After tacos, Jason and Jon went on to participate in the first round in the cornhole playoffs.  I am sad to announce that they did not make it passed round one, but it was very entertaining to watch and listen to all the smack talk once again, but without the stress of playing in the game.

Price: 2 guapo tacos for $8.

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