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12 TACOS OF CHRISTMAS: All the tacos in the Barrio!

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For the eighth taco of Christmas, my Trujillo gave to me…

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All the tacos in the Barrio!

 

Now, back when I used to live in the east end, there was a certain stretch of Queen St that you wanted to avoid, on the other side of the tracks from Degrassi St up to about Pape. There used to be a buncha dive bars, pawn shops and greasy-looking diners that you didn’t wanna mess around in…but that area’s pretty nice now. I mean, you’ve got cozy little pubs like the Brooklyn Tavern, at Queen and Brooklyn, and a few killer Mexican joints, like Barrio Cerveceria, where they’re serving up seven different kinds of tacos at $5-$6 a pop.

READ MORE: These are the tacos in my neighbourhood…

12 TACOS OF CHRISTMAS: Grilled cactus taco

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For the seventh taco of Christmas, my Trujillo gave to me…

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A grilled cactus taco!

 

Now, I don’t always eat vegan food, but when I do, it’s gotta be so far outta bounds that a search party can’t find it. Like this south-of-the-border classic from the renegades of funk at Tacos 101, the nopal taco. They take grilled cactus, chop it up like crunchy green beans, and add layers of beans, cheese, tomatoes and onions. Pretty sure I could slam seven of these, son!!!

READ MORE: These cactus tacos are where it’s at!

12 TACOS OF CHRISTMAS: $6.50 Taco Tuesday trio

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For the sixth taco of Christmas, my Trujillo gave to me…

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A $6.50 Taco Tuesday trio!

 

We all know that Tuesday is the national day for tacos, bro! And it turns out there’s this funky fast food joint down by the ballpark that’s serving up three tacos for $6.50 on this righteous day of the week. They’ve got chicken, they’ve got steak, they’ve even got a fish stick taco…but trust me, you wanna get the carnitas times three.

READ MORE: Taco Del Mar puts the Taco in Tuesdays (They’ve got a way with meats!)

12 TACOS OF CHRISTMAS: Five breakfast tacos!

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For the fifth taco of Christmas, my Trujilo gave to me…

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Five breakfast tacos!

 

Can we have tacos for breakfast, mommy dear, mommy dear? Ya gotta have ’em in Texas–cuz that’s where they’re super legit, bro! Seriously, just about every Mexican joint in Austin is open in the morning, serving up tacos with some variation of egg, meat and cheese. And at The Original Tamale House, in East Austin, you can even come up with your own funky, flavourlicious creations. Let’s just say I made a few…

READ MORE: Cinco tacos por desayuno, hermano!

12 TACOS OF CHRISTMAS: Four fried chicken tacos and a Coke

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For the fourth taco of Christmas, my Trujillo gave to me…

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Four fried chicken tacos and a Coke!

 

OK, so actually it’s a Pepsi, cuz they don’t have Coke at Taco Bell. But man, when they rolled out those Naked Chicken Chalupas back in March, you KNOW I went all out, bro! Basically, it’s a Taco Bell taco with a fried chicken shell from the KFC next door. I can only imagine what flavour combination they might come up with next–can you say Doritos Locos Popcorn Chicken Poutine Supreme, bro????

READ MORE: Four fried chicken tacos and a Coke, bro!

12 TACOS OF CHRISTMAS: Three fish tacos

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For the third taco of Christmas, my Trujillo gave to me…

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Three fish tacos!!!

 

You know what goes good with fish tacos? Beef brisket mac ‘n cheese, bros! At least that’s the case at Kelly’s Landing, this funky new joint down by the ACC. Pretty sure this taco trio could probably play on the second line for the Leafs, or something…

READ MORE: It’s a beef brisket mac ‘n cheese bodycheck, bro!!!!

12 TACOS OF CHRISTMAS: Heavy metal pulled pork tacos

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For the second taco of Christmas, my Trujillo gave to me…

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Heavy metal pulled pork tacos!

 

So, back in the summertime, I boogied on down to Bud Stage to catch Iron Maiden in concert–and picked up some of these tasty tacos, courtesy of the Rancho Relaxo taco truck. The pork was cooked perfectly, a nice tangy chew, with just enough sweet, and just enough heat. These tacos blew the opening act off the stage, bro!!!

READ MORE: Run to the tacos, bro!!!!

12 TACOS OF CHRISTMAS: Oreos, Nutella and Swedish berry sauce dessert taco

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For the first taco of Christmas, my Trujillo gave to me…

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Oreos, Nutella and Swedish berry sauce dessert taco

 

So last year, I hit up Tacofest where I ordered one of everything–or at least one thing from every vendor in attendance. That included Junked Food Co, which was dishing out this funkalicious dessert taco. You’ve got cheesecake buttercream, crushed Golden and regular Oreos, with Nutella drizzle and a Swedish berry jalapeno sauce, all served up on a waffle, bro! And, believe it or not, but this was only my second of three desserts…

READ MORE: There’s no such thing as too much tacos, bro!

Four fried chicken tacos and a Coke, bro!

Now, I don’t always eat at Taco Bell, but when I do, it’s go big, or go home, bro! So, when I heard they were rollin’ out the Naked Chicken Chalupa–a totally tubular take on a taco with a fricken’ fried-chicken shell–you KNOW I was all over that like Guy Fieri on fajitas, friend-o! Now, when it comes to such a crazy culinary creation, there’s no way Jose that I could eat just one…so I asked myself, what would John Belushi do?

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Exactamundo, bro! So I ordered up four of these deep-fried lifeboats in Flavourtown…and a Pepsi, cuz you can’t get Coke at Taco Bell or something.

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Now, this dish was so far outta bounds, it went straight down to Flavourtown like the Round Mound of Rebound going to town on a churro, bro! The chicken shell was hot and crispy, straight from the deep-fryer, with a hit of Mexican spices. Then you’ve got lettuce, tomato, cheese and border ranch sauce, for that finger-licking goodness.

Dude, this might just be the best thing since the Double Down–and I loves me some Double Downs, son! Pretty sure I could slam another five or six of these…and still have room for Fries Supreme!

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The food at Brewhaha ain’t no laughing matter!

So, we’re hanging out at Brewhaha, this cozy neighbourhood basement bar on Prince Arthur Ave, just a stone’s throw from St. George subway station. Basically, they took the downstairs of a Duke of York and made it a bit cozier, with a buncha local craft beers on tap…like this here 8th Sin Black Lager:

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This Hop City brew is halfway between a lager and a stout, with a chocolately, coffee taste, but a light, easy-drinking finish. It’s like when you’ve had Guinness for breakfast and lunch, and want something else for dinner…try an 8th Sin Black Lager!

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Now, this was the dish that brought me in the door—the Cheesy Weiny Mac ‘n Dreamy. You’ve got mac ‘n cheese, deep-fried weiners, and then some crispy onions on top, for that one serving of vegetables. The hot dogs are real hot, straight outta the fryer, but the mac is not super cheesy, and does not have much bite. Still, I’ve put worse things in my mouth for $7.99 before…

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Which brings us to the parmesan crusted grilled cheese. Could you tell from looking at it that there was parmesan in the crust? Me neither, even after tasting it. There’s also bacon in here, and some clumpy tomatoes…that kinda overpower everything else. And that’s without mentioning the bowl of lukewarm tomato sauce on the side! They also say this dish comes with ketchup chips, but these tasted more like plain or maybe BBQ to me…

Bottom line with this place is that the price might be right, but the food is wrong, bro!