Mexican street food is sometimes referred to as “antojitos,” which literally means “little cravings.” Sopes may be the perfect antojito with their pint-sized tortillas topped with a variety of toppings. I recommend Taqueria Jalisco’s sope sampler, which comes with four soft, extra-thick and fluffy corn tortillas topped with beans, then one with chorizo and queso fresco, one with carnitas-style pork and pickled cabbage, one with fresh guacamole and queso fresco, and the fourth with nopales and queso fresco.
One of their most popular, and certainly one of their most tasty dishes, is the flautas. These are rolled flour tortillas stuffed with shredded chipotle chicken, fried and topped with homemade pickled vegetables, lettuce, queso fresco, crema and their special avocado/tomatillo salsa that you will quickly become addicted to.
As with any skilled cook’s offerings, each dish at Taqueria Jalisco has a balanced interplay of textures and gustation, meant to simultaneously satisfy and tease your palate. I wish I had the space to elaborate on the varieties of tortas (the king of sandwiches), their bright and crispy tostadas, or the incredible desserts Jorge bakes from scratch three mornings a week, such as the Prichards rum tres leches cake.
Taqueria Jalisco is a BYOB establishment if you fancy a cocktail with your huarache. They also carry the full line of Pure Sodaworks sodas, glass-bottled Mexican Coca-Colas and several flavors of Jarrito. If you want something less sweet, try their house-made fruit agua frescas or their made-from-scratch horchata, a rice-based drink with cinnamon and vanilla.
Get the word out and get to Taqueria Jalisco today. They have been one of the city’s best-kept secrets for entirely too long.
Taqueria Jalisco, open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 1634 Rossville Ave. (423) 509-3430.