Regional food specialties
- Taco options Up the Lake
It's been a while since we took a look at some food stops in the Kenosha/Racine area so I thought today was a good time to check out three popular crispy taco spots in town. We'll start in Racine and then take the short ride down the lake into Kenosha.
La Tapatia in Racine
Fellow local eats explorer Peter Engler aka Rene G on LTHforum had written this place up a worthy stop for a cheap lunch. Locals love their fr4eshly prepared crispy style of tacos. They're made in a semi ope air kitchen by quickly frying each side of the tortilla. Nice call. I enjoyed these this past summer while passing thru to Milwaukee. I went with two ground beef, one pork and a steak (extra). I ended up liking the ground beef the best but the pork wasn't bad by any means. Steak was sad.
Crispy Taco Plate ($4.59)
Another popular spot for Mexican Dining in Racine
As I took a peak at the menu someone posted on Yelp I spied "Tacos Fritos" which in turn immediately shot it up my radar. You can't order tacos dorados to go unless you plan on eating them as soon as you step outside so I chose to dine in and was given a couple really well balanced made in-house tomato salsas (mild and hot) which were the old school American-Mexican type I adore. Six minutes later my tacos fritos were ready. They come four to a plate ($5.25) and while I'm sure you could ask for a different filling they only list ground beef as the option. I knew I wanted these when I read the description "Filled with Ground Beef and Deep Fried" Keyword being 'and'. While spots like La Tapatia prove you can make good crispy's that get filled after the tortilla is turned golden, I much prefer the spots frying the shells with the meat inside. As always these were wonderful, to me anyway. On top of these they have a section of the menu dedicated to "Crunch" and next time I plan on trying the Fried Flour Tortilla Taco Plate.
Tacos Fritos at Taqueria Nuevo Vallarta in Racine
Lastly, a spot for documentation sake. I peeked what people online had to say about Kenosha's taco scene and many were praising a place called Tacos El Rey. Tucked away in a residential part of town I've never seen this place until reading up on it so gave them a try a few trips back.
Popular American-Mexican in Kenosha
This place is straight out of the 1970's Midwest Mexican Restaurant protocol that's been discussed on here before. Inside it looks like a slightly fancier version of a Taco Bell with a flatscreen TV for sports viewing while eating. I saw they had something called a "Wrapped Taco" and that's what I tried. They take a hard shell corn and then wrap a flour tortilla spread with beans around it. Ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes and lots of shredded cheese go on top. Nothing special but I'll admit to eating the entire thing. Stay tuned plenty more from this area is still to come.
1951 Mead St
Racine, WI 53403
Taqueria Nuevo Vallarta
3700 Durand Ave
Racine, WI 53405
Tacos El Rey
2000 Birch Rd
Kenosha, WI 53140