500 Tacos: Taqueria Las Rosas

An Austin taco a day for 2015 — and then some
Taqueria Las Rosas
4107 S. First St., Austin (map), 512-939-0402. Hours: 7:30am-3pm daily
By Mike Sutter | © Fed Man Walking | 09.18.15
Even the side yard of a notary office is fair game for a taco trailer in South Austin. The narrative arc would be better if it were a CPA, because the cost of these little tacos has appreciated beyond the market rate. Let’s see if they’re worth appreciating.
The taco: Picadillo
When does a ground beef taco cross the line from picadillo to meatloaf? And another thing: Who cares? Because this well-seasoned picadillo circus is packed like a clown car with potatoes, onions, chiles, tomatoes, cilantro and enough juice to keep it all together. ($2.50)
 Breakfast tacos: I’ll take these for the money: Well-packed warm flour pockets of scrambled eggs fortified with homefry-style  potatoes for $2, or migas with pico de gallo and corn tortillas at $2.50.
 Tripas: These chopped beef intestines start crunchy, then hang on through lunch with a rubbery overbite. ($3)
 Al pastor: In true underachieving taco-trailer style, these pork nuggets are hard and overcooked, losing most of their dusky, fragile adobe profile in the process. ($2.50)
 Tortillas: In another shocking sign that signs don’t always tell the truth — like the one here that’s all “Handmade Tortillas” — Las Rosas does not make its tortillas by hand, neither the warm flour nor the doubled-up white corn.
 Salsa: Just one salsa, a viscous tomatillo-jalapeño verde with medium heat. No roja, no escabeche, no limes, no grilled onions, no anything that makes the street taco experience worth hitting the streets, not at these prices.
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(Photos by Mike Sutter © Fed Man Walking)