Have you ever had Costa Rican tacos? Me neither. That’s why I decided to take my princess on a culinary cultural adventure….five blocks from my apartment to Irazu.
Although the basic setup is obviously the same, the tacos have a different seasoning on them that gives them their own unique taste. They only have steak and chicken tacos, plus a taco tico. I really think they just have tacos on the menu for the gringos that come in there thinking they are in a Mexican place…like me.
The tacos are really good, though. The chicken tacos are seasoned sweetly, and don’t contain chile powder or cumin. They are made from chicken breasts, and cut into chunks. They are very juicy, unlike much of the pollo tacos in the barrio. The steak tacos are also juicy, but don’t contain the same seasoning as the chicken. The steak is much more savory. I enjoyed them both, but didn’t care for the taco tico.
The taco tico is a taquito with a hodge-podge of garbage on top. I think I’d rather just walk over to 7-11 and have theirs. The taquito itself doesn’t contain much meat. Plus, the texture of the shell is like a double-decker taco from Taco Bell, but not on purpose. The toppings are: ketchup (I knooow), cabbage, mayo (I knooooow), and lizano sauce (a common Costa Rican condiment, kinda like HP sauce). Together, the combination is terrible.
I guess that’s what I get for trying to be cute…
P.S. – Try the oatmeal shake!
- Location: 1865 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL (Bucktown)
- Tourists: Josh, Julia
- Tacos sampled: steak, chicken, taco tico
- Toppings: lettuce, tomato, hot peppers
- Salsa: salsa verde
- Extras: chips
- Tortillas: corn
- Atmosphere: costa, oatmeal shake, rican, friendly, green and white, Christmas lights
- Price: $1.95/taco
- OVERALL RATING: 7.5