Taco El Asador

As of lately, I’ve been on a hunt for some authentic Mexican food with somewhat of a lower price point than some other eateries. And after some research… VOILA! I found myself at Tacos El Asador, a little gem tucked away at the corner of Bloor St. West & Clinton in the Annex area. Frankly speaking, this visit to Taco El Asador was suppose to be a “light” snack before heading over to dinner… In fact, we didn’t even order that much food but ended up rolling out of here because it was THAT filling!

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This restaurant is very small with less than 10 tables and of course, all the tables were occupied when we arrived with a line of people waiting to order. So its best to arrive early or else you’ll be standing around when there isn’t really much room to stand in the first place.

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We opted to stay inside the restaurant so once the staff noticed we found a seat, they placed a bowl of homemade salsa (EXTREMELY spicy) and a bowl of sliced jalapenos, onions, peppers incase we required additional toppings to give things a little kick.

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We ordered a Fanta: Orange! Haven’t had one of these in a while… it was crisp, cold & refreshing. And was definitely an excellent resort (or escape?) when we needed to  wash down all the after-taste of the foods we consumed.

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Nachos ($6.73)

  • These nachos were not your average  at-the-bar-nachos. With more than generous portions, these nachos smothered in diced tomatoes, avocados, onions, feta cheese, black beans, and sour cream – looked amazing
  • My first few bites – I thought I was in heaven. I love avocados and cheese with my chips – my taste buds were bombarded with powerful flavours
  • But then slowly this plate of nachos started to hit me. There were too much diced onions going around – giving it a really strong bitter after taste & the black beans honestly didn’t sit well with me. All this was leaning towards the heavy side.

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Chrispy Beef Taco ($2.70)

  • These chrispy beef taco came double layered – homemade taco shells were a crunchy delight
  • The crispness of the tacos flakes off perfectly when you bite in and the tamale has a lovely melange of starchy sweetness
  • Toppings included: cilantro (a good kick), onions, tomatoes, sour cream – which were all great fillings and delicious compliments

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Soft Beef Taco ($2.45)

  • Also, double layered with toppings of cilantro, onions, tomatoes

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All in all, I think Taco El Asador offers hearty  traditional tacos while being a reasonably priced alternative to some of the other hot spots right now. If I were to visit again I’m not sure I would order the nachos however, I could simply ask them to add less onions and no black beans so that wouldn’t be a strong-bitter aftertaste. Although, this eatery is quite small, their menu offers a variety so hopefully I can indulge in their fish tacos next time =)

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  1. nice, i tried this place a while back, pretty cool joint. love these hole in the wall joints around the city. if you do visit again, try the pupusas; the fish tacos as you mentioned would be a good choice too. And if you’re interested, try el trompo another small mexican joint. Its located in the kensington area – around spadina and college. Theyre pretty cheap as well. if I’m not mistaken, around 10$ for 5 tacos (each taco order comes with 5). i came here before the whole reviews thing i’m doing and only have pictures from my phone, debating whether I should revisit and do a review or just use what i currently have

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