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Well hello there my food lovin’ friends, and welcome to the second edition of ASP Food Tours! Since we visited Burger Boy last time, a place I am quite familiar with, I decided we should go someplace new for our second edition.
I was at a blogger event last year when I first heard of Taco Garage. The way it was described, it sounded like a super fun hot spot with great food and atmosphere and since then, I’d been dying to try it out myself.
I dunno, you guys. I am kind of on the fence about it.
We arrived before the dinner rush, I suppose, at 5pm. No one greeted us, and there were no signs to indicate if we should wait to be seated or seat ourselves. We eventually wandered over to the bar and asked, and the bartender told us to go ahead and sit wherever. We out to the patio and proceeded to wait a ridiculous amount of time before someone finally acknowledged us, and that server had as much personality as a wet blanket.
I used to work in the service industry as a server and bartender, for many many years, and it was easy for me to see that our server wasn’t just having a bad day, he was having a bad job. We asked him questions about the menu that he couldn’t answer and didn’t care to find out the answer for us. He also claimed he knew so little because he never worked during the day. OK? From what I could see, there weren’t two different menus, and unless he was exclusively a service bartender, I cannot fathom why he would have so little knowledge of the menu without being brand new, which clearly he was not.
You know what was better than our service at Taco Garage? This freaking badass car.
I was driving in style in this 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited. I mean, this thing was so silent I wasn’t sure I had actually started the engine for about three days, ha ha ha.
I will admit, it was strange for me to drive something so low to the ground because I’ve been hanging in vans and SUVs for so long, but the girls and I had a blast cruising in this car, with its amazing Infinity sound system (you’ve seen the Snaps, the family that sings loudly together stays together, bah ha ha), and panoramic sunroof that OPENS!
I also really enjoyed the Blind Spot Detection and rearview camera, which helped keep me safe on the crazy busy 410 (rush hour whaaaaaaaat) and back out of every parking spot with ease. I was so sad to see this car go. It was amazing.
Kind of like my enchilada de carne that came on my Divorciadas plate at Taco Garage. Seriously, that one enchilada made up for a lot of the downfalls of that place, because the chicken in my enchilada verde was so bland it almost overpowered the fresadilla sauce. Like how is that even possible? How can something be that bland?
Even my husband’s de pollo con mole enchiladas were just meh. Nothing spectacular going on there. The chile they served with the chips was pretty good, though. Had a nice, slightly roasted flavor and quite a kick too.
So I’m sitting here and I think I might give Taco Garage a second chance, because who knows? Maybe we’ll have a better server, who actually likes his job. And maybe we’ll try something that doesn’t have chicken in it. Maybe we’ll stay away from the entire wrenchiladas section of the menu, because as amazing as I’d heard they would be, they really fell flat (minus the enchilada de carne, cause delish).
I’ll update this if I ever go back, so you’ll know if it’s an official thumbs down or not! Keep your eyes posted. But in the meantime, go drive something fun, like a Sonata Hybrid. Sooooooo much fun.