June 21, 2014

It's A Long Way To The Top!

The boys of AC/DC truly said it best, it is indeed a long way to the top and this next place we stopped by doesn't stand a chance against the competition. I was hoping for an authentic Mexican place to open up, but unfortunately, got the complete opposite. And by complete opposite, I mean Taco Bell is a better option and I cannot stand that place. 

The newest place to open and joining the Mexican Restaurant forces is TC Taco located in Inver Grove Heights. Just a small little spot on the end of a strip mall, TC Taco is, according to their website, "South of the boarder flavor, with a Minnesota twist." Not sure where the south of the boarder flavor was and the Minnesota twist must be the????????? I can understand that, not even being open for a full weekend can be a struggle, but I have to assume that they've been doing some testing in the kitchen to figure out what they want to actually serve and place on the menu. So, if that is indeed the case, they didn't do enough testing! 

We ordered 2 beef tacos, one with a hard shell and the other with a corn tortilla, as well as a chicken taco on a corn tortilla and a steak taco in a flour tortilla. The beef had absolutely zero flavor, the steak was something like a flavorless No Name Steak (I love No Name Steak, just not in Mexican food) and the chicken was just chicken. Every taco comes with your choice of meat, onions, lettuce, cheese and green and red bell peppers cut the long way. Together, it just doesn't work! I would get rid of the steak and replace it with a pork option (hopefully the chef can cook it correctly), I would learn how to make delicious tasting beef and take out the peppers, lettuce and cheese and replace with cilantro. 

As for the prices, well, if it was worth eating the prices wouldn't be bad. However, paying $3.99 for 1 steak taco that isn't even good doesn't make sense and it feels like you're getting' ripped off. I can go to one of my favorite places, La Palma Supermercado and spend $4.99 for 3 insanely delicious pork (or another meat option of your choice) tacos that are prepared perfectly. 

So, where should you go to find outstanding Mexican food? Check out my review, Mas Tequila, Por Favor! (Head over to my blog) which will provide you with some amazing places to get some of the very best AUTHENTIC Mexican food around the Twin Cities. I just don't understand why people continue to Americanize foods from around the world, it doesn't make sense to me at all. The likely hood that TC Taco will serve better quality food in 6 months, a year or even longer is probably slim. I will stick to my hot spots which also includes making my own tacos at home which is a far better option.



13 comments:

Anonymous said...

The fact that you mention another Mexican restaurant gives you no creditability as a critic. This is a family opened business working for the American dream. Don't try to advertise another business on T.C. Taco's facebook page. Any advice is welcome as they want to give Inver Grove what they want.

Anonymous said...

Thanks!

Nicholas said...

Of course I mentioned another more impressive restaurant. It's about comparing and it's why there is such a thing called competition. It's no different then comparing JJ's to Subway or another sub shop or comparing Domino's to Pizza Hut.

Anonymous said...

I honestly though they were quite amazing. Now, this isn't going to be your high class fancy restaurant meal, it's about down home, authentic, family, American restaurant. While they are still getting on their feet, they have had amazing business and have already gained tons of locals liking. I will for sure be back to T.C Taco's!!

Nicholas said...

None of the places that I offer as more superior alternatives are high class. They're just like TC, small little places, just far better food. Authentic? Not even close!

Anonymous said...

I tried them twice. We bought 6 beef soft shell tacos for and each of us commented on the lack of flavor. The beef had no taste at all. The following day 2 of us tried the burritos, me the Chicken and her the Steak. Again, no flavor at all. We paid Chipotle burrito prices and I think the 2 together maybe equaled the size of a Chipolte Burrito. Another of us tried the french fries and they were undercooked, cold and hard. We are not impressed. Very friendly people, but the food needs some tweaking.

Nicholas said...

Thanks for the review. There's a lot of tweaking to do before quality is produced. Check out on of my locations I provided in http://gnawblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/mas-tequila.html

Outstanding food!

Anonymous said...

Please check them out again in a few weeks, because they are just getting on their feet. Instead, mention some suggestions. thanks.

Nicholas said...

I did exactly that in the 3rd paragraph. They could also visit one of the many other restaurants I provided to see how AUTHENTIC Mexican is prepared and then try to put a so called "Minnesota Twist" on it... This could make their restaurant that much better, but still far from the top.

Anonymous said...

Food sucked and the employees were smoking pot out the back door. I cant believe I payed Chipotle prices for a flavor less palette of vegetable mush "hand crafted" by a stoner high off his ass.

Anonymous said...

I think a name change is in order. I suggest THC taco. Mellow and slow.

Anonymous said...

I find their ground beef to be rather bland, but I absolutely love their chicken and steak, way more then Chipotle. Try their tacos or burritos with their house sauce if you want to add more flavor.

Anonymous said...

Just tried their food yesterday. I was hesitant because of all these reviews, but damn it was good! No grease unlike some taco places I like to go, and it was delicious! Staff was friendly. A nice little place. Definitely stopping there again.