As requested by Dragonbones…
Where do you get your Mexican food fix in Taipei?
I’ve been here for over 3 1/2 years. I’m from LA so I loves me my Mexican food. Carne asada fries and burritos. Yes, I know Mexican food extends to a larger palette, and far more selections than just nachos burritos and tacos. But when I think of Mexican food, I’m thinking STEAK BURRITO.
Macho Tacos on Yanji street near Sun Yet San MRT exit 2 “used” to be good until they apparently changed management and decided to fuse in some Taiwanese flavor into their dishes. Macho Taco, if you’re reading, swapping out those 3 salsas for “pao-cai” and whatever else you have there was the worst thing you could have done! While I so still appreciate their 33NT Taco Tuesdays, I can no longer refer my friends to Macho Tacos…
JUANITA Burritos & Tacos
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I think the owner is from LA, not sure. But the workers all speak perfectly good English. They’ve got a good selection and the price isn’t bad. As always, I stick to the steak burrito and although its not what I’m used to back home, it does the job while I’m here. The burritos are more like a copy Chipotle than a carne asada burrito from King TAco or Albertacos. Some actually prefer the taste of Chipotle over more authentic Mexican hole in the wall joints. For those who aren’t familiar with Chipotle, its a chain that provides a subway-style build your own burrito service where you tell the person making your burrito what you would like and what you dont want. Anyways, a steak burrito minus the guacamole, which is pretty expensive in my opinion, is about 180 NTD or 190 NTD. The good part about Juanitas is they give you a stamp for every 200 NTD you spend and when you collect 10 stamps, you get a free burrito. Or something like that. They are located behind the Zhongxiao Dunhua Sogo in one of those alleys so its relatively close to where I live. Compared to the other place I will mention below, a closer location and a lower price make Juanitas my favorite spot whenever I’m craving a steak burrito.
This place is newer and I believe the owner is also from the States. What stands out about this place is that they have a REAL LIFE Mexican preparing their “organic” ingredients every day. While I have always told my friends that I’ve wanted to smuggle in a few Mexicans and start up my own place, these guys beat me to it. Unfortunately, he is not behind the glass preparing your burrito for you but they have plenty of well trained workers that get the job done. King Burrito, compared to Juanitas, will seem like they have more ingredients and more selection…and they do! One of the main differences is that King Burrito offers a GREEN spinach tortilla as well as the normal flour tortilla where Juanitas only offers the flour. King Burrito’s burritos are also noticeably larger than Juanitas. Normally I will have to eat 2 burritos to be full, or 1 1/2 for a good meal. One full burrito kind of does the job for me from King Burrito. Again, they charge an arm and a leg for the guac, but here is where they lose me. A burrito from King Burrito will run you 300 NTD. That is $10 USD for a burrito. For $10, I can get an order of carne asada super fries, flour tortillas to make 2 full size california burritos and still have enough to order an extra carne asada burrito back home! $10 for a burrito is ridiculous in my opinion. If it were the same as the Mexican spots I’m used to back home, I would gladly overspend and pay the 300 NTD, but its not. Also, they are located in the Shilin night market area, which is kind of far for me. Location, obviously is relative depending on where you live.
Any other places? I only get to go home for 2 weeks every year so I’m always on the look out for places to get my Steak burrito fix!