Trying The Taco Place Whose Name I Can’t Figure Out

Small urban taqueria Boulder serves big tastes at modest prices

I’ve been intending to try TACO (or T.ACO or T/ACO or T¡ACO or however they’re spelling/punctuating it) since it opened. We’re even Facebook Friends, that restaurant and I, and that’s the reason my husband and I finally got there. Being a Friend, I received an offer for a free taco to each guest today and today only. Can’t resist a bargain. There is now a second location in LoDo in Denver (1515 Blake Street), but the original in Boulder is within walking distance.

The space has been toxic, first with a series of Japanese and Asian restaurants and more recently Boulder Organic Pizza (B.O.P.). The Asian restaurants looked fairly similar, but B.O.P.altered the floor plan signficantly. TACO (or however it’s punctuated) essentially kept the B.O.P. layout but changed the decorations — a serape here, a couple of sombreros there, Southwestern wall coverings, pendulum lights of tin or glass. Noon is way too early for us to order margaritas, so we lit into our selections.

The decor is clean, simple and a tad Mexican and Southwestern, but the music was some sort of alternative rock that didn’t match the food one bit.
The “cheese crisp” is a crisp flour tortilla topped with a trio of herb-flecked stretchy cheeses (Oaxaca, Monterrey jack and cheddar) with a couple of salsas. We had chipotle and smoked tomatillo.


Four 4-inch flour tortillas, presented open-faced on a wood-pattern mellamine plate. We ordered two beef, one chicken and one fish. The flavors were assertive without being overpowering.

Price check: “Before Tacos,” $4-$6.95; $3.50-$4.50.

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6 thoughts on “Trying The Taco Place Whose Name I Can’t Figure Out”

  1. Claire I always love your ‘insider’s scoop’ on restaurants and this brought such a chuckle loving the post title and everything in it. I think sometimes trying to be different, especially with a name only leads to confusion. Thanks for the review.

  2. Yes Drew, I would (make that will) go back. The tacos are similar to those nearby at Centro Latin Kitchen (2 tacos, beans, achiote rice, $14-$16) and Tahona Tequila Bistro (3 tacos, $11-$15 and single tacos, $3-$4.50). These are regular evening prices — not lunch or happy hour. Denver’s Pinche Taqueria, which I believe started the street taco craze in this area, charges $2.95-$4.50 per taco. It seems that taco prices at all of these are within about 50 cents of each other.

  3. That’s good to hear. I’ve been wanting to try this place but I’ve been avoiding downtown Boulder like the plague. Hope it’s still there next time I get down there.

    Now go check out some of those restaurants on the east end of Pearl for us. 😉

  4. I hope it’s still there when you get to it. I really loved PanAsia Fusion, the first of the Asian restaurants in the space. Subesequent occupants were increasingly less pleasing to me. I had great hopes for B.O.P., but it opened shortly before the pizzerias that seriously raised the pizza bar Boulder — Basta, Da Lupo and Locale. It really didn’t stand a chance. The storefront’s location has been challenging — a large parking lot just to the west, the Randolph Center’s uninviting facade across the street and a boutique to the east. The Randolph Center does include a parking garage, so that should make access easier for patrons who view parking as a deterrent. I’m afraid I can’t make any East Pearl promises. We live a few blocks west of the Pearl Street Mall, so a stroll seems pre-ordained to end up downtown. Tonight, we are going to Bacaro for one of the $15 three-course anniversary dinners.

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