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Rancho Bravo Tacos

Seattle WA

211 ne 45th st, seattle WA 98105
lunch, dinner, until 3am fri-sat

Rancho Bravo Tacos

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Rating: 89
Price: $$

Rancho Bravo is one of the few North Seattle taco trucks not located on Aurora. As a matter of fact, it has one of the best locations an eatery can have - in the parking lot of an abandoned donut shop, just down the street from Dick's and across from a liquor store. It doesn't matter who you're in a group with, they'll find something to enjoy within a block of Rancho Bravo. The restaurant itself is a sparsely decorated taco truck with a covered seating area, small ordering window, and ample parking.

At Rancho Bravo, I ordered 3 tacos - 1 carne asada, 1 pollo, and 1 al pastor (which they claimed to be their specialty). The wait wasn't short, but I came right at lunch hour and there were 5 or 6 orders in front of me, and it wasn't too long either. The tacos showed up garnished with cilantro, onions, lime, and radish. The most visually striking aspect, though, was the meat - in all 3 tacos, it was clearly cut into nice, big chunks with a visible layer of pepper on the outside.

On it's own, the meat was nice and tender and mildly flavorful. Once combined with a squirt of lime and the rest of the taco components, it was excellent. Though the tortillas were a little bland, the hearty chunks of meat were great for holding salsa in your taco without losing the contents, despite the almost-overstuffed serving size.

The salsa options were in 4 large jugs. A bit unfortunate, because only one patron could be using them at once, but luckily everyone was seated at a nice long table so they could be passed around. The salsas could be roughly divided by color: green, yellow, red, and orange. The yellow, a nice tangy-yet-spicy blend, seemed to be the favorite of most patrons. However, I really enjoyed the green (a classic mellow green always warms the cockles of my heart) and the red was surprisingly good - not too smoky, with tomato-y undertones.

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