Tacos Garcia has authentic food

Review By Linda Cortez


I was starting to doubt the phrase “Authentic Mexican Food” until I joined a couple of friends at Jorge’s Tacos Garcia.

Linda Cortez - Photo by Mike Haynes

Being of Hispanic heritage and knowing what authentic Mexican food really is, I definitely am a natural-born critic of Mexican cuisine.

I saw the catch phrase of Jorge’s Tacos Garcia, “More than just Tacos” and they are not kidding.

The food is incredible and fairly priced, and the service is awesome.

The atmosphere is casual, yet with a touch of elegance. The place is inviting and clean, something unusual for a Mexican food establishment in this area.

This is a full-service restaurant, so you must wait to be seated. If you prefer, you can grab a seat at the bar with no need to be escorted by a waiter/waitress.

The menu definitely is as authentic as it can get. It is full of your regulars such as enchiladas, tacos and carne guisada.

The restaurant also offers rare items such as menudo, carnitas and barbacoa (beef cheek meat simmered until tender).

The portions are huge, and the prices are reasonable. A typical entrée ranges from around $6 to $13. If you prefer an alcoholic beverage with your meal, Tacos Garcia has a full line of American and imported beverages along with margaritas mixed to satisfy your taste buds.

The enchiladas I ordered were “Oh, so good.” The red enchilada sauce was flavorful with a great touch of spicy heat, the kind that keeps you craving more.

There was plenty of meat stuffing and just a perfect amount of cheese. The beans and rice are just that, but they were well cooked and seasoned.

I have to say the best part about the visit was our waiter. His name is David, and he’s a friendly, young Hispanic guy eager to make our dining experience as great as possible.

I like it when a waiter/waitress is knowledgeable about the menu, and David was just that type of guy.

There is no need to hunt down a waiter in this joint, however; everything you need is given to you without your having to ask. Things such as condiments, refills and to-go boxes for our leftover food were brought out.

This guy definitely got a tip, something my boyfriend usually is hesitant about, but he had no problem dishing one out for this guy.

The place accepts all types of payment (cash, credit/debit card and checks), so there’s no need to make a run to the ATM before heading over there.

All in all, this was a great dining experience and I rate it a 9 on a scale of one to 10. If you are looking for a great place to take visitors or even that first date, I recommend Tacos Garcia.

And since you’re there, go ahead and try something authentic.


Originally published: Thursday, October 20, 2011

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