Pinche Taqueria Tacos- Highlands

Tucked into the heart of the Highlands, on the corner of 32nd and Irving, is a beautiful little restaurant called “Pinche Taqueria,” Tacos, Tequilla, and Whiskey. From the outside, this looks like a place that you would definitely want to eat. The sign out front has a beautiful rustic sort of red star with a donkey in the middle, and that’s how you know that you’ve arrived. This is the taco joint that everyone is talking about, the Yelp reviews say it all.

Upon entering Pinche Taqueria¬†you will find warm dark wood tones, highlights of red and green strewn about, a giant chalk board that covers a whole wall and informs you of the day’s specials and gorgeous wood floors. There is a hostess just inside the door, waiting to seat you; snagging a table near the windows will allow for some fun people watching. The menu is unique in the way that it is very much like a sushi restaurant where you read the selections and then put a quantity in the box next to the ones that you want. You can cross off whatever you don’t want on your taco and write in stuff that you do want, although they recommend that you try the tacos the way that they are listed.

Happy hour at Pinche Taqueria

With a happy hour 7 days a week from 3pm to 6pm and Happy Hour Cocktails all night on Monday’s, you can get some great deals on this meal. Drinks starting at $3 for a House Casa Crib Coin Margarita and beers from just $2. Also on the happy hour menu; Chipotle deviled eggs for $3, Sloppy Joses (two Chorizo sloppy Joe sliders and fries) $4.

Chicken Chicharrones

Fried Chicken Skins served with Salsa Casera

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What’s on the menu at Pinche Taqueria

After your happy hour specials you can open up the full menu and find your happy place.

The Queso Fundido-

Melted Monterey Jack cheese, tomato, onion, tequila, served with just made chips

Pinche Taqueria Queso

Some of the taco choices include-

Asada

Citrus marinated skirt steak, avocado, diced onion and cilantro, Cotija cheese, and lime

Rajas con Crema y Maiz

roasted chile poblano, creamed chipotle corn, cotija, and sour cream

Pescado

Chipotle & beer battered fish, slaw, avocado & pineapple guacamole, pickled red onions, and lime

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The food here ranges from $2.95 for street tacos to $4.50, per taco. The tacos are the size of a small corn tortilla. The corn tortillas are fresh and thick enough to stay in one piece while you eat them, but thin enough that you won’t be choking on a dry corn tortilla with every bite. The filling is wonderful and very well seasoned. The toppings are perfectly paired and the sauces and cheeses that are placed on top really make the whole meal.

The price might seem a little bit high for the size of the taco, especially when you order 2-3 per person, but in reality the flavors more than speak for themselves and when the check comes you will very likely be willing to pay whatever amount the bill says.

Make sure to try out the Hongo, even though there is no meat (mushrooms only), you will be in heaven. Even the biggest meat eaters around would find pleasure in the beautiful flavors in this amazing bite.

On a side note- the manager, Esmeralda, is one of the best managers around. She goes around to each table and not only asks if everything is okay, but also introduces herself by name and asks you to let her know if you need anything.

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