Tacqeria Taco PopUp

Half the fun about popup restaurants is hunting them down. It’s a chance to play Sherlock Holmes – observe and collect the clues, before making a deduction and going in for the kill. It turns the act of visiting an eatery into an adventure into exploration and discovery. The city (or town) becomes the playground and the reward is the most primal of pleasures – food.

When I heard about the Tacqeria Taco PopUp on Yelp, I was at once intrigued and excited. Stalking their Twitter @TacquitoPopUp and Facebook event page was the easy part. Figuring out where they were located was a little trickier. Several cryptic images on Twitter and then a location was mentioned on Facebook – Clyde Road in Kelvin Grove. We had lift off!

Tacqeria Taco PopUp

Clyde Road, if you didn’t know, is a pretty lengthy stretch of road. Regular houses line both sides with the Ballymore Stadium looming over the skyline. We drove slowly, armed with trust in the information from their Twitter and made it to the end of the street. We were rewarded with a spray painted sign propped securely to a road sign and knew we were almost a whiff away, if the cheery tunes piped out to the sky was any indication of the festivities around the corner.

Tacqeria Taco PopUp

Tacqeria Taco PopUp was set up in a covered area that had long benches set up with beer kegs for seats. If you were lucky, you might’ve scored a plump cushion to soothe your toosh to go with the beer keg, but most went without.

There was a long line snaking around the square towards the taco booth. It was expected, seeing as it started at 12pm and was not expected to finish till late. But after 20 mins of waiting and shuffling slowly, we were advised by staff that it was very likely they would have run out of tacos by the time we got to the front. It was barely 2:30pm at this stage and we were already so temptingly close.

But they were right – by the time we were 2 sets of couples from the front, they had run out of tacos and only had the meat left. They mentioned they were going to try get commercial tacos, but it wouldn’t be there just yet nor would they be same. We weighed the options and our stomachs won out – we ordered the food without the tacos. Perhaps for that, the portions were much more generous than had there been tacos.

Tacqeria Taco PopUp

Tacqeria Taco PopUp

Cochinita Pibil. AUD$5

The cochinita pibil is the slow cooked achiote rubbed pork with salsa verde picked red onion and guacamole. Packed with flavoured and succulent, we found the cochinita pibil the best option of the four options.

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Pollo. AUD$5

Pollo is the creamy chicken with lime juice with guacamole. Tamed in flavour, it was nonetheless cooked beautifully and retained its juiciness. The zingy lime tickled the tongue and the guacomole would’ve been necessary had the chicken been overcooked.

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Carne Asada. AUD$5

The carne asada is the grilled steak with chipotle in atoobo and pico di gallo salsa. This was by far the SO’s favorite. Thinly sliced beef burst with juiciness with every bite and I licked the plate clean off the fresh tomatoes from the pico di gallo salsa. That stuff is heaven and I would’ve eaten a bucket of the stuff.

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Black beans. AUD$4

The black beans were a tad disappointing. Surprised by how chill they were, I took comfort that the creamy beans were balanced with the bite of finely chopped onion and a very gentle touch of fresh chilli.

Tacqeria Taco PopUp

Chiccarones. AUD$4.50

My absolute favorite offering was the deep fried pork rind with tomatillo sauce. Almost every table had a serve of  chiccarones and my stomach sank at the possibility of not having the opportunity to crunch down on a piece for myself. When we got the last of the chiccarones, I did a mental fist pump and got in my first bite. The dry pork soaked up the spicy tomatillo sauce, yet with every crunch I chewed down set off bombs in my skull and my tastebuds shrivelled with the saltiness, but it was glorious!

Tacqeria Taco PopUpAlong with parting with my hard earned cash for the pleasure of dining at Tacqeria Taco PopUp, I was ruthlessly attacked by the resident mosquitoes who are probably bred in the area from waters that flow through the area behind the Ballymore Stadium. My legs were covered in angry red welts from between my ankles to my knees, front and back.

So should Tacquito Taco Pop up Brisbane pop up again at the same location, I would highly recommend covering up or taking a can of insect repellent along with your wallet.