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TAQUERIA ORINOCO

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TAQUERIA ORINOCO

SHORTLISTED BY BISTRONAUT #9

WHO
This chain of contemporary taquerias brought their traditional style of white tiles, brash signage and plastic folding chairs to CDMX. It hails from Monterrey, Mexico, straight from the source of the world’s best tacos al pastor.

FOOD
Simply tacos. Ridiculously extravagant ones served with sides of crushed homemade baked potatoes and onions.
The menu is short and sweet with just three types of meat: al pastor, bistec and chicharrón. Everything can be ordered on corn or flour tortillas and cloaked with cheese. The salsas are piquant, zippy and dangerously spicy. There are also a few specialty items, including quesadilla-like gringas and piratas.
Corn chips for dipping into a particularly wide range of sauces, including a spicy white coconut-based rarity – $10
La Gringa, triple-sized, enough for two, a mixture of beef and pork pastor with avocado, onions, cilantro, chiles and grated cheese. Bliss – $115
La Campechana, also huge, sliced beef with avocado, onions, cilantro, chiles and grated cheese – $115
Undecorated beef tacos (to top yourself) on corn tortillas – $35

DRINKS
All the standard local beers, but the agua de Jamaica (hibiscus and guava juice) is a specialty, served in a massive metal cup – $35

DECOR
Bright, fluorescent lighting, white tiles on the floors and walls. Reminiscent of an operating room, but hey, this is serious taco cartel business!

NOISE
Contemporary Mexican, the sound of the streets.

SEATING
Red folding chairs at Coca-Cola red tables, packed in close to one another so you can see what you might have missed.

VIBE
Overwhelmingly gringo and hipster – the guidebooks have clearly discovered the place – although you’ve also got some hard-eating local professionals who undoubtedly assert their presence at night.

RESTROOMS
They exist. They’re not filthy. You’ll be fine.

SERVICE
Pay at the register.

WOULD RECOMMEND
Yes. No better tacos in town – classic “drunk food” – the later the better.

WHO
This chain of contemporary taquerias brought their traditional style of white tiles, brash signage and plastic folding chairs to CDMX. It hails from Monterrey, Mexico, straight from the source of the world’s best tacos al pastor.

FOOD
Simply tacos. Ridiculously extravagant ones served with sides of crushed homemade baked potatoes and onions.
The menu is short and sweet with just three types of meat: al pastor, bistec and chicharrón. Everything can be ordered on corn or flour tortillas and cloaked with cheese. The salsas are piquant, zippy and dangerously spicy. There are also a few specialty items, including quesadilla-like gringas and piratas.
Corn chips for dipping into a particularly wide range of sauces, including a spicy white coconut-based rarity – $10
La Gringa, triple-sized, enough for two, a mixture of beef and pork pastor with avocado, onions, cilantro, chiles and grated cheese. Bliss – $115
La Campechana, also huge, sliced beef with avocado, onions, cilantro, chiles and grated cheese – $115
Undecorated beef tacos (to top yourself) on corn tortillas – $35

DRINKS
All the standard local beers, but the agua de Jamaica (hibiscus and guava juice) is a specialty, served in a massive metal cup – $35

DECOR
Bright, fluorescent lighting, white tiles on the floors and walls. Reminiscent of an operating room, but hey, this is serious taco cartel business!

NOISE
Contemporary Mexican, the sound of the streets.

SEATING
Red folding chairs at Coca-Cola red tables, packed in close to one another so you can see what you might have missed.

VIBE
Overwhelmingly gringo and hipster – the guidebooks have clearly discovered the place – although you’ve also got some hard-eating local professionals who undoubtedly assert their presence at night.

RESTROOMS
They exist. They’re not filthy. You’ll be fine.

SERVICE
Pay at the register.

WOULD RECOMMEND
Yes. No better tacos in town – classic “drunk food” – the later the better.

CHEF

Hector Alvarez Aguilar

OPENING HOURS

Open from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. (sometimes 5:00 a.m.) The taqueria fills up fast on weekend evenings to fuel party-goers. 

RESERVATION

No reservation.

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