There was a time when Columbia’s Mexican food options were pretty slim. In our conversation on BXR this morning, Simon recalled the 80s, when Los Banditos was about it. El Maguey expanded our options later on, but not by much. Then something – perhaps a critical mass in the Latinization of the United States – happened and Columbia got taquerias. Carlito’s started serving excellent Mexican-style tacos on Business Loop 70. A bit later came Taqueria El Rodeo, which remains one of my favorites. More recently, La Terraza and Taqueria Guadalajara have joined the scene. As any native of Texas will (stridently) inform you, each place has its shortcomings. Truly great tortillas remain elusive; the beans and rice bland and pointless. None are going to replace your favorite place in San Antonio or Austin or Dallas or Corpus Christi. Nor should it. But each also represents a step forward, another really good option if you can look beyond the enchiladas and burritos. Here’s what I like:
Taqueria El Rodeo
805 East Nifong Blvd # G
Go With: Tacos (lengua, carne asada, pastor). Negra Modelo. Ask for their hot sauce.
128 East Nifong Boulevard
Go With: Molcajete, tacos, anything with shrimp.
12A Business Loop 70
Go With: Six-pack of carnitas tacos.
1802 Paris Rd
Go With: Chorizo-anything.