All The Things I Eat

Beef Tacos

By on Monday, August 27th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

I never expected to find a combination taco / pita restaurant.

And yet that explains Pita Palace, a late night restaurant in East Williamsburg serving up fine middle eastern food and authentic tacos.

The tacos were decent for 2a.m., although heavy on the lettuce.

Bushwick Pita Palace
243 Bushwick Avenue

Brisket Taco

By on Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 at 5:25 am

Brisket taco

This taco filled was with brisket meat.

Beef brisket is ordinarily filled with flavor, but you wouldn’t really know it from the taco overflowing with lettuce and a heavy spoon of guacamole.

Still, as far as a beef taco goes, the brisket was moist and tender, a problem of many steak tacos. The brisket fell apart more like a pork taco but with the richness of beef.

Mexicue taco truck ny

Mexicue truck

Chorizo Tostada

By on Friday, August 10th, 2012 at 5:01 am

tostada from Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos in Buswick, Brooklyn

On a hot summer day, I wandered into this Bushwick taco stand.

Ordering at the Tortilleria requires writing out your desired food on little index cards and handing them over to the nice lady behind the counter. The whole thing seems little bit confusing at first, but at least the order comes out right.

Tostadas are always a problem to eat. Do you use a knife and fork? Do you use your fingers and eat it into like Godzilla biting into a flying saucer? The crispy shell cracks. Of course that crispiness is what makes it taste so good.

The atmosphere is “ramshackle chic” with just a few tables inside the shop and a handful more in an adjacent garage. But the food is good and attracts a mix of hipster trendsetters alongside local families.

Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos
271 Starr Street

Pork Taco

By on Monday, July 30th, 2012 at 5:52 am

Eventually I’ll tire of eating new tacos, but not today.

Tacos are a great little food: compact, cheap, and filled with things. Every taco is invested with the unique flavors of the chef or cook behind it.

This taco exemplified simplicity. The pork was prepared plainly, with fresh onion and cilantro. But simple is good and the flavor came from the meat rather than the toppings.

Pork Taco
Chonchos Tacos

Beef Tongue Taco

By on Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 at 5:40 am

When I have beef tongue, I can’t help but think think of the 1980s television show Ramona based on the Beverly Cleary children’s book.

In the episode “Mystery Meal,” Ramona’s mom cooks up some beef tongue for dinner. Both her parents seem very concerned about revealing the mystery meat cooking on the stove. “Lets hope they don’t ask too many questions” mom says to dad. Ramona cleverly deduces the tongue isn’t a pot roast and then ominously declares it “Mystery Meat!” Hijinks ensue when Ramona and her sister are forced to cook their own mystery meat dinner for their parents.

My friends and I were out looking for a late night dinner. Yola’s cafe had been recommended by the internet and we found ourselves eating Mexican food for the third time in four days. In the hope of changing things up, I ordered a tongue taco.

The meat was a bit tough, but otherwise made for a nice taco.

Yola’s Cafe
524 Metropolitan Ave