I love tacos – and have eaten them in every city/state & country I’ve traveled too. These were by far the worst I’ve ever had. I could not even finish the tacos – will not be returning.
I’ve been to Mancuso’s Italian restaurant before – it’s a great place for wood fired pizzas that aren’t overly expensive. So while driving down the street, when I noticed someone holding a sign declaring “World’s Best Tacos Now Open”, I made a mental note to check it out. So Saturday, after my jerky was down on the grill, I took off to run some errands and before heading home, I stopped by Hola! and picked up a selection of tacos.
From the menu, I picked out the “Brain Food”, the “Other White Meat” and “The Hard Stuff” tacos. The “Brain Food” contains Barbacoa, onions, cilanto and pico. The “Other White Meat” was listed on the menu as shredded Pastor Pork w/onions, cilantro, pico & pineapple relish. And the “Hard Stuff” is a crispy taco – listed as having ground beef, w/lettuce, cheese, pico and sour cream.
The “Brain Food” was awful – the barbacoa was mushy with tons of fat in it. The taco had black beans on it – and no pico. I could not finish this taco – and that’s never happened to me before. I actually didn’t even take a bit of it – after sampling the barbacoa, I knew this taco wasn’t going anywhere but in the trash.
The “Other White Meat” wasn’t terrible – but again, it contained black beans (not listed on the menu) and the “pineapple relish” was merely chunks of pineapple that I’m sure came from a can. The pork was pulled pork, not Pastor Pork. I was able to finish this taco – with lots of hot sauce because it had basically no flavor. And why in the heck were black beans on the taco? That makes it a burrito! Yuck – and I love beans.
The “Hard Stuff” – well it looks like I’m missing a few things – like lettuce, cheese and sour cream. And if that’s the pico – well that needs a lot of help. The crispy tortilla was nice – but the taco itself was lacking – the beef had no flavor and there’s the tiny issue of missing 3/4 of the ingredients.
The worst part of my Hola! experience wasn’t even the “Brain Food” taco that I couldn’t eat – it was this:
Raw ground beef. Raw. Throughout all of the ground beef tacos. After taking one bite, I saw the raw beef and then proceeded to examined all of the hard tacos – each one was raw. Disgusting. I had ordered 4 tacos, they gave me 3 ground beefs even though I ordered 2, so I came home with 5 and I ended up only eating 1 taco (the Pastor). The rest went into the trash.
The good: I didn’t get food poisoning.
The bad: Everything listed above.