REVIEW – Tacos Alex

I've been to Tacos Alex for at least a couple years now. To this day it is delicious.

Tacos Alex

Taco Stand

3500 S. 3872 W.

North side of 3500 S, In the parking lot of Los Feliz

4 out of 5 stars

It’s been at least two years since I had been to Tacos Alex.  A friend of mine first brought me there one summer night to celebrate and try what he said were his favorite taco cart in Salt Lake.  While I was in the area this week I stopped in and decide to try it out again as part of a TACO SHOWDOWN between this cart and “Tacos El Jaripeo” which does business directly across 3500 S.

In an effort to be fair I made sure to try 2 of the same style of tacos : 1 al pastor and 1 lengua.  Besides these, I asked the cook which taco they felt was a good representation of their food.  The two people working at Tacos Alex told me that I should try the barbacoa so I agreed and ordered one of those.  The old woman cooking also asked me if I wanted cebollitas and told her that some onions sounded great.

While I was waiting for my food, I asked them if I could take a few pictures for a review of the taco stand.  They gave me a confused and nervous look.  They asked why and I told them that I was a taco journalist covering all the taco stands possible in Salt Lake City.  They still looking a bit confused and did not quite believe me (I left my taco journalist badge at home that night).  Finally I paraphrased my goals of the site which I have outlined here.  After this, they were excited.  They quickly asked for the web address and wrote it down saying they were excited to check it out.

1 al pastor, 1 barbacoa, 1 lengua. Also featured is a big fat pepper and some delicious onions up top.

They handed over my tacos and I dug in.  First I tried the al pastor.  It was good but nothing terribly exciting.  Flavorful, but more or less medium.  When I asked them how their pastor was, they seemed to admit with a bit of a shrug that it was not their best taco.  Then I tried the lengua which was much better.  The meat was very tender and was very juicy without being full of grease.  The lengua was delicious with a few of the large onions in there.  At last I tried the barbacoa.  One of the best barbacoa tacos I’ve had in town.  Delicious.  I don’t remember that I’ve ever tried the barbacoa at this stand before but I will definitely order this one from now on.

Tacos Alex also has a large menu of Tortas on the right of the window.  Next time I will have to try some of these like the Milanesa. The prices at Tacos Alex are very reasonable.  I had 3 tacos for $2.50 which is a much better price than what you pay these days around the Sears \ 800 S State area.

So check it out.  Hopefully the owners of the stand read this review and are happy with them.  I will definitely be stopping in more on Monday nights since I will now be teaching and English class very close to Tacos Alex.

2 responses to “REVIEW – Tacos Alex

  1. first of all, you got the prices all wrong. I’ve tried the food from both ‘El Jaripeo’ and ‘Tacos Alex’, and El Jaripeo are pretty much the pioneers of the great 3 for $2.50 tacos. Tacos Alex sell their tacos for a dollar despite the amount. El Jaripeo just recently started selling barbacoa and trust me, it is great! only difference is El jaripeo’s barbacoa is with lambs meat. Unlike the traditional bland barbacoa that Tacos Alex makes which is made from Cow. Keep in mind that El Jaripeo Tacos are only the “appetizers”. Their Menu consists of at least 7 different platters and over a dozen different combinations. So, if you’re looking for a traditional mexican flavor, by all means look up ‘El Jaripeo’ taco stand as well as their Restaurant.

  2. Hi Mitch-

    Thanks for the comment. It’s possible that by now the prices have changed, but at the time of the writing which was quite awhile ago my prices were correct because I wrote them down in a special taco journalism notebook.

    Also, I have tried the El Jaripeo restaurant. I really like it. I think I wrote the first review on the place since I was a fan of Guelaguetza the other Oaxacan restaurant which was there before. I definitely prefer the food at the El Jaripeo restaurant over the taco stand.

    I will have to try it out again some time soon and look at the prices again and update my site if I’m getting an facts wrong. As a taco journalist, I owe it to the public!

    Thanks again for reading!

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