The Huarache with carne asada and beans looks like an elongated tostada, but is more akin to a sope with the exception of the shape and the fact that the masa is thinner. The huarache is covered with beans, carne asada, lettuce and queso fresco. The masa is light and crisp and provides a nice texture contrast to the beans and carne asada. The carne asada is tender and the flavor is easily distinguishable. The lettuce adds some crispness and temperature differences to the dish. The queso fresco adds some saltiness that ties everything together.
The Chorizo taco is sort of bland and doesn’t have that much flavor despite the fact that chorizo is usually heavily spiced. The chorizo also got lost under the vast amount of minced onions and cilantro.
Likewise, the Al Pastor taco didn’t have much flavor. Usually a flavor bomb, the al pastor is marinated for several hours and basted in onions and pineapple juice as it cooks on the rotisserie. This al pastor was very tender and had a little bit of heat, but otherwise was unflavorful.
The star of the show is the Carne Asada taco. Thin cuts of skirt steak are lightly seasoned and grilled to perfection. The meat is very tender and despite the lack of heavy seasoning is very flavorful. The taco just needs a squeeze of lime and a little bit of salsa and you are sent into taco heaven.
El Rey de Los Huarache is a nice find, but just stick with the carne asada and you can’t go wrong. They also have pupusas, but were sold out when I went.
El Rey de los Huaraches