Posted by Tasha on August 21st, 2010 in Food, Restaurants
Today’s post comes from Kate, a native Tulsan who took to the streets to find the answer to what we’ve all been wondering: What are these taco stands all about, anyway? What should we order? And is the food as good as everyone says it is? Today, Kate tells all.
I’m Kate, and I have an addiction to Mexican food. It started many years ago when I had my first plate of fajitas at Speedy Gonzalez. It is an addiction that I feed at least once a week.
This summer I decided to take my addiction a step further: I ate at as many taco stands around town as I could. Here are three of my faves.
First up, I hit the taco stand at 21st and Garnett, in the parking lot of the TCC extension center. I spent a good 10 minutes staring at the menu, smelling the spices and hearing a classic George Strait song on the radio in the truck, just trying to decide what to get.
In the end I settled for chicken nachos, which I know are better known as ballpark food than Mexican food, but it jumped out at me on the menu so I got it.
And it was delicious.
The chips were the run-of-the-mill chips you get any place you order nachos, but the chicken was really well seasoned and grilled with jalapenos. All in all it was really good, and the size of the serving was so big I couldn’t finish.
Next up was the taco stand at 21st and Sheridan, right across from QuikTrip and next to a produce stand – a great one, by the way.
This time I opted for a chicken burrito, and they gave me one of the largest burritos I’ve ever seen. Seriously, look at this thing:
It’s full to the brim with seasoned grilled chicken, pico de gallo, lettuce and tomatoes. I immediately broke it open and went to town eating it. I’m not a fan of pico de gallo, but I really liked the burrito. It was a little dry, but the flavors made up for that, and again, I couldn’t finish the whole thing.
Next was the taco stand at 11th and Garnett, in the parking lot of a gas station. I found it when I took a random detour down Garnett.
This stand had a $6 special: Platos de pollo con arroz. Even in my limited Spanish I knew that was chicken and rice, with which you can never go wrong, and this time was no exception. I could smell the deliciousness as soon as I grabbed the to-go container. I opened it to see this:
That’s two whole seasoned and grilled chicken breasts, bones and all. I’m really weird about eating meat off the bone, but I persevered. I grabbed a knife and fork, got busy pulling the meat off the bones and made some truly scrumptious fajitas.
That’s spicy seasoned chicken with rice, beans and white corn tortillas. It was a little dry, which I solved by throwing on some of my favorite condiment, sour cream, from home. The fajitas were, seriously, as good as anything I’ve had at a restaurant before.
But don’t take my word for it. There are taco stands all over Tulsa. Grab some cash and your appetite and stop at the next one you see. You won’t be disappointed.
Kate (@KateSpencer1) is a journalist and native Tulsan. She is known for her sarcasm and spoiling her dogs, and she has a penchant for pop culture and a head full of useless knowledge.