I went to Mexico recently with my parents, and since we were flying out from SeaTac, I looked for places to eat nearby our hotel. What better way than to kickstart the upcoming Mexican eats with a Taqueria? Reviews looked good on Google and Yelp and it was a short 2 minute drive away, so we had an early dinner before calling it a night for our 5am flight.
Located in a small strip mall off the busy highway like street [or is it a freeway?] the interior of this recently opened Taqueria El Rinconsito is very clean and expansive. You order at the counter, and they punch it in the system and also call it out to the kitchen through the microphone.
My dad ordered Menudo, a traditional Mexican soup made with hominy and tripe, offered on Saturday and Sunday only for $8.99. Includes tortillas.
Typically made with beef stomach, it takes a lot of time and labour for this soup. Other additions such as tripe, honeycomb, tendon, and even beef feet can be added. Spices such as onions, cilantro, oregano and chili flakes can be added as well for more flavour.
My mom ordered Arroz Con Pollo ($8.69) which also includes tortillas. The Mexican version of Arroz Con Pollo is heavy on sauce, which she asked to be omitted for this order, while the Costa Rican way, or at least the way my mom makes it, is more like fried rice, with very liberal use of achiote to give it a deep red colour and distinctive flavour.
I ordered 3 Carnitas Tacos for $3.36, and I think I had the most filling meal. Beside the cashier, there’s a self serve condiment/salsa bar, and I took advantage of it. Salsa? Cabbage salad? Pickled vegetables and jalapenos? Limes? I’ll take them all! Coming in at just over $1 each, I may never look at La Taqueria or Dona Cata the same way..until I crave some tacos.
It’s a bit funny and sad at the same time that these were the best tacos I ate during my trip, even when I was in Mazatlan. It’s probably due to the fact that we had more seafood [ie, ceviche, clams, calamari, lobster, fish, etc] and not that much “typical” Mexican food while there, but on our way back to Vancouver, we made one last stop to Taqeuria el Rinconsito for some cheap and delicious tacos.