Tacos Don Francisco
Dish Score: 70
Overall Score: 70
- Presentation & Creativity: 4/20
- Portion Size & Nutritional Value: 7/10
- Ingredient Compatibility: 10/10
- Flavor, Taste, Texture, & Doneness: 37/40
- Service: 5/10
- Restaurant Appearance: 2/5
- Cost vs. Value: 5/5
Tacos Don Francisco is one of the few places I have found that stays open into the wee hours of the night, with the obvious exception of 24 hour joints. In fact, that is how I first heard of this place. After a late night at a concert, my friends and I found ourselves in need of sobering up. Cue Tacos Don Francisco. That is, however, a different story entirely. Regardless, I was impressed with this late night find. I attempted to return at a later date with my mother, but I think it was the tongue tacos that scared her off and we went somewhere else.
Determined, I made a solo trip to the restaurant to find out if it’s just as good in the daytime. I’ll start off by saying my first trip was to their Expo Square location and this journey was to the 21st Street location. The restaurant is definitely more authentic than, say, your Taco Bell. The menu is entirely in Spanish and caters to the Hispanic population with items such as the aforementioned tongue, or lengua, tacos and the head, or cabeza, burritos. These are ingredients you’re more likely to see on Bizarre Foods rather than a typical American’s plate. Although I’m not typical and find them delicious, I opted for something a bit more common: a Chorizo Burrito.
Finding a table, I positioned myself so I could watch the fútbol, err… soccer, game playing on the television. Soon, my drink was brought out to my table in a red Solo cup. I might add this is not a fine dining establishment. This much was obvious as a service cancellation warning popped up over the game. After a while, my Chorizo Burrito was unenthusiastically plopped onto my table and the help was never to be seen again.
After cutting my burrito in half, since it is a sizable meal by itself, I dug in. The tortilla was soft with a nice texture to it as was the rice. The chorizo had a lot of flavor but could have benefited from a tad more seasoning. The real prize in this dish was the fresh cilantro, which added a huge punch of flavor to the dish. Overall, the burrito had a good flavor, but this one ingredient really made the meal.
When all is said and done, my burrito was delicious, but the restaurant itself needs some help. The restaurant was clean, but definitely weathered. The service was horrible. I was out of my drink a third of the way through the meal and was unable to get a refill. Also, the red Solo cup speaks for itself. If you’re stepping in and expecting a restaurant experience, it is not going to happen. However, the food would make great takeout and is definitely a wonderful filler after a late night out on the town.