Strip Tease – Taqueria Nueva Vallarta4117 S. Staples St. – Ste. 200 Corpus Christi, TX 78411 Mon. – Fri. 6:00am – 10:00pm
What a mess. I don’t know about where you are right now, but the Sparkling City is a mess. We’ve had a slow drizzle for the last couple of days and the grit and grime of the city has been uprooted from its natural place on the streets, and deposited on every surface in the city. The muddy patina that looked so at home on my old Dodge POS, looks out-of-place on my current truck. But at least I’m not the only dirty bird on the road. Still, after a couple of days of muck, I’m ready for some sparkle. And that’s just what I found.
Being in the taco-eating business, I get recommendations all the time about taco shops I should try. Friend and taco fan, Jim always has a recommendation and has quite often proven to be in the know about new shops in town. Most recently, he suggested Taqueria Nuevo Vallarta on Staples and I thought I’d give it a go. The Taco Show Host was unavailable this morning, so I had asked another tacoficianado, Johnny Joe to meet me there and have breakfast. Johnny’s a veteran of tortilla-wrapped deliciousness and has set us on to several good shops in the past.
Quite the contrast to the dismal, sloppy, mud-coated city outside, inside Nuevo Vallarta was bright and shiny. It’s located in a strip mall in the newly renovated Parkdale plaza. There’s not a spec of dirt anywhere in the place. Our waitress, Nadia, told us that they had just been open for two weeks and were still working out some of the kinks. I noticed the temporary signage on the building, but I really didn’t notice any kinks.
Nv. Vallarta is a full-service restaurant and while it was a bit early for me, I did notice a nice bar tucked in the corner. The menu was varied and I jumped to the taco section expecting to find the usual fare, but to my surprise, I found more. I ended up with a machacado con huevos a la Mexicana on a homemade corn tort and a lingua con cilantro y cebollas on flour. Johnny ordered a carne guisada with aquacate and a chorizo, bean and egg, both on flour.
As we waited, we talked about old Dodges and dead hogs. The coffee was good and kept piping hot by frequent visits from our waitress. She brought us a couple of squirt bottles of hot sauce in preparation for our meal. It wasn’t long before our tacos arrived and they were beauts. The machacado taco had plenty of the carne seco. The vegetables were fresh and the corn tortilla delicious. It was one of those thinner, toothier torts that held up well to the overstuffed onslaught of the machacado mix. The lengua also was good, not spectacular, but good. The flour tortilla it was sharing space with though was primo. I asked our server which of the sauces was the hotter of the two and she said that for her, neither. She said she was fond of chiles. Both sauces, red and green were rich and flavorful. Not very hot. But Johnny was prepared for the lack of heat, having secreted in a small jar of homemade sauce that definitely brought the heat.
We chatted with the waitress about fishing as we finished up breakfast. I don’t know why, but I have a prejudice about strip malls. But Taqueria Nuevo Vallarta definitely slapped that right out of my head. Our breakfast was a total of $15 and well worth it. I recommend checking out the joint. I already have plans to go back for lunch or dinner and try one of the platos.
Our Taco Award Winner for this week is:
My first exposure to Ms Allen was in the movie Animal House. She played the level-headed love interest of one of the Delts. But the role that made her famous was that of Marion Ravenwood in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Her acting career spans just about 4 decades and she shows no sign of giving it up. About here, the Taco Show Host would have a listing of media facts and double entendres, but I just don’t have the gift. I will say though that my favorite part of the movie’s climax was not watching God have his way with the Nazis, but the way the wind plastered her satin gown over her handsome figure. Come on, I was 17. As well as acting, she has her own clothing line, Karen Allen Fiber Arts, featuring handmade cashmere clothing. Congratulations to Karen Allen, this week’s Taco Award Winner.
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