By Seth Fera-Schanes
I was walking to a store this weekend and saw a red food truck parked out front. Since I am always looking for quality Mexican food around the city, I made a quick detour. A few things on the menu stood out immediately, specifically the octopus and fish tacos.
I asked if the ingredients were fresh and was assured they were. I also asked about preparation and was told the octopus would be grilled and the fish fried. I had never tried an Octopus taco and fish tacos (if done right) are one of my favorite things.
I ordered one of each. The tacos were $4 a piece and a bit on the small side. However, I took a first bite and El Paso food truck nailed it. These were two of the better tacos I have had in the city. The octopus was tender and had a habanero sauce with just the right amount of heat. The fish taco was perfectly cooked and came topped with shredded cabbage and pico de gallo. This is a taco truck that is worth a visit.
I am looking forward to sampling some of their other tacos the next time I spot this rolling restaurant.
El Paso also has a sit down restaurant on 104th and Lexington Avenue in Spanish Harlem. The atmosphere is relaxed, they have great chips and salsa (which is one of the benchmarks for a Mexican restaurant) spot on margaritas and of course really good food.
Categories: Local Food and Seasonal Ingredients, Manhattan, Upper West Side
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