Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Restaurant Review: Taco Mama
Taco Mama and Cafe 1217 in Hot Springs pack a culinary punch all in the same parking lot. I have already reviewed Cafe 1217 awhile back, but I'd never eaten at Taco Mama until recently. This husband and wife duo (wife runs 1217, husband Taco Mama) are really bringing the flavor in their restaurants, and I took the opportunity on a recent work trip to taste some fresh, Mexican flavors.
The restaurant doesn't look like much from the outside, unless you get excited about giant bull statues in the parking lot, but inside is an open and cozy restaurant that smells great. The menu is so chock full of veggie options that I had a really hard time deciding what to have for lunch. It's clearly outlined that the rice and beans are vegetarian, which I think is always a nice touch at a Mexican restaurant.
The salsa and the guacamole were both super fresh and delicious. Everything tasted like it had just been prepared, and the chips were warm and salty. Unfortunately, our food took a really long time to hit our table, so I filled up on all those tasty chips.
I ordered the puffy tacos, which were filled with sauteed vegetables, tomatoes and romaine, and topped with avocado, which I subbed for the cheese. I ordered black beans, but my plate arrived with pinto beans. We'd already waited so long that I didn't want to send it back, and the pintos were tasty. The rice was tasty as well, but I didn't try to fill up on it after all those chips. My favorite part was the puffy, fried corn tortillas. They were crispy and light, and they made the perfect vehicle for the veggie toppings.
With all the veg options, I'll definitely be coming back. Maybe next time, I'll restrain myself when it comes to the appetizer!