Tacofino has opened up yet another location and this time it’s under the Bentall 5 building in the Coal Harbour and financial district area. This location is called Tacofino Oasis. It may be a bit tricky to locate though if you are not familiar with the area as it’s in the back part of the building away from the sidewalk. It’s in the same little plaza as Fujiya.
I work really close by so I came to check them out during my lunch break. Previously their Tacofino White Lightning truck was parked in this area on Burrard street but now that their brick and mortar store is open, the truck will be parked elsewhere. In fact, it even got a new paint job and it’s now pink! Tacofino Oasis is only open till 7pm Monday to Friday and they are closed on weekends. Service was fast despite the long line up and food came pretty fast as well since they have a bigger kitchen compared to the food truck. Continue reading →
I’ve previously tried Korean-Mexican fusion food before at the Disco Cheetah food truck and it was pretty good so I was interested in trying a similar concept at TAKO or Taqueria Koreano.
They are just outside the Stadium Chinatown skytrain station which is extremely convenient! I work close to Waterfront station so I just hop on the train for a few stops to get here for a quick lunch.
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Disco Cheetah just opened up last year and I finally managed to try them at the Food Cart Fest this month. Their truck is a bright yellow color and easy to spot! I was excited to try Korean-Mexican fusion food.
This was the menu they had on the day I went to the Food Cart Fest. When I visited again a few weeks later (not at the Food Cart Fest), I noticed they had the option of having the burrito as a bowl for $10 and if you want it as a burrito only it was $9 but at the Food Cart Fest the burrito was $10 too. Another menu difference I noticed was that the non-food cart fest menu had a Grilled Cheese Quesadilla option for $10. Continue reading →
I was impressed with the burritos from Sal Y Limon (pronounced sal-ee-leemon) on my last visit but this time I decided to try the quesadillas since I wasn’t as hungry. They’re currently renovating their restaurant and expanding it. Well they were last month anyway so I’m not sure if they’re finished now.
I had the Cheese and Lamb marinated in cilantro Quesadilla. The quesadilla came with a generous amount of sour cream and the lamb filling was smooth, adequately cheesy and well marinated! I also added a bit of their diabla sauce on top and it was super spicy! Spicy as in my lips were going numb and my nose was running but now I that know what it tastes like, I can opt for a less spicy sauce next time.There was also a small side salad that didn’t look appetizing and it had some sort of tomato sauce/salsa on it and I didn’t end up eating it.
They usually have a small line up but service is efficient. Seating is pretty tight though but food is cheap! Read about my last visit here.
While searching up new lunch places to visit, I came across the Fish Counter located on Main and 23rd. When we arrived around 1pm, the place was bustling with people getting take out or eating in the limited store space. Seating is extremely limited so be prepared to get take out. While waiting for my food I also noticed they sell their own home made sauces. In addition to prepared food such as salads and crab cakes, they also sell…well you guessed it! Fish.
They also have sturgeon! Not sure what that would taste like though. I debated between getting a sandwich or fish and chips since they both sounded good. The portions for the fish and chips looked really big too and I saw the fries were made from real potatoes.
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My friends and I wanted something quick to eat so we spotted Salsa Agave and it looked decently busy so we thought we’d give it a try. I’m all for trying new things! Most of the things on their menu are around $10.
Complimentary chips and dip were offered for the table but the dip tasted a lot like tomato sauce/marinara sauce and not salsa which I thought was weird. The chips were okay. For some reason my picture refuses to show up sorry!
Someone ordered a burrito. Didn’t try this but it seemed really big and served with guacamole and sour cream on the side.
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So I rarely ever eat Mexican food really and when I do it’s not authentic so I can’t say I know much about burritos but so far these are the BEST that I’ve ever eaten! Ok so I don’t eat many burritos so you gotta keep that in mind. However, I am now going to try all the burritos I can find so I can compare them!
Sal Y Limon is located on Kingsway and Fraser in this small complex that I would never visit otherwise. In other words, it’s a bit of a hole in the wall but I’m so glad I found it! The inside looks alright and there was a steady stream of customers. The parking lot is really small though.
I had the Pierna Burrito which was slow roasted pulled pork (yes I still have a thing for pulled pork) and it’s nice that they cut it in half for you so you can see all the lovely ingredients. The burrito was really juicy and flavourful and the rice was really good. I didn’t even mind the beans in there. You can also customize it so if you want extra jalapenos or something, go for it! I just had everything in it. I just can’t describe how good this was!!! The pork was really soft and tender too and the burrito was just mildly spicy to me even though there were jalapenos. The tortilla wrap was quite soft and thin and it held everything really well. I thought the burrito might be bigger but it was a good size for me and the flavour made up for it! Price was good too. They also have a variety of different salsas and sauces you can use ranging from mild to spicy! You can try them all by putting them in little containers.
My co worker got some tacos which she also thought were pretty good and comparable to La Taqueria. Top left: fish taco, top right: chicken, bottom right: pulled pork, bottom left: marinated pork with pineapple. She said the fish taco was the best!
This place was so good that my co workers and I decided to come back the following week. :D Yes we were that impressed! I got another burrito, this time I had the Cordero Al Cilantro which was lamb marinated in cilantro. I put some chipotle sauce on top before I took the picture. I liked the lamb even more than the pulled pork!!! It was just marinated even better and the flavour was stronger? If you don’t like lamb then you’re probably not going to get this but if you do it’s delicious! I noticed the second half of the burrito got really oily though because the wrapper was wet. =/ Other than that it was still really good!
I also tried my friend’s horchata which I’ve never tried before. It’s a drink made with rice and barley and cinnamon and it basically looks like milk and tastes like cinnamon flavoured milk! It was pretty good :)
I wouldn’t coming back again soon but it can get messy! I have to try more Mexican food now! Burritos here I come!
I dropped by Chipotle for a quick lunch but it turns out the lineup was super long. I decided to stick it out anyway since I wanted to try it. Also, as luck would have it, the lineup virtually disappeared five minutes after I order. At Chipotle you have a choice of getting either a burrito, tacos, a bowl or a salad. For the meat you have a choice between carnitas, barbacoa, steak and chicken? They also have sofritas which is their new vegetarian tofu option. All the options cost $8.95. I decided on getting the bowl which is basically the burrito without the tortilla wrap and that should save me some calories right? The funny thing was that they do kind of list the calories on their menu but it’s listed as a range such as 200-700 or something which isn’t useful anyway.
This is the bowl I ended up with. It has carnitas, cheese, pinto beans, sour cream, mild and medium tomato salsa, cilantro-lime rice and lettuce. When everything was mixed together it did taste pretty good but I had expected the carnitas to be a bit more flavourful but it was good when you mixed in everything else. You can also ask for more or less of a certain ingredient if you want. Overall, it wasn’t anything mindblowing to me, Maybe it would’ve been better if it had been in a burrito and then I wouldn’t have been able to dissect everything. It also felt overpriced for just the bowl or the salad too. I would rather spend my $8.95 somewhere else.