A second visit to Maciel’s Tortas and Tacos

Today I watched the Memphis Tigers kill Ole Miss and make the Top 25, first half at Bardog and second half at Blind Bear. After the game I thought about going to the Fire Haus but decided, “No, you have a birthday party at 8. Go home and get some food.” I walked up to Maciel’s Tacos and Tortas at 45 S. Main, a half block north of Union.

I ordered a huarache, which I talked about earlier this week. This is sort of a flatbread made with a masa base and topped with almost any toppings. At the recommendation of my favorite pair of librarian glasses, who has eaten there almost every day since Maciel’s opened, I got the chorizo huarache. Feeling hungry, I got a tenga (spicy chicken) taco and rice and beans. That was way too much food but I didn’t care. I wanted to sample the menu.

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Immediately upon ordering, they brought me a cup and said, “Go get a drink while you wait, sir.” A couple of minutes later they brought this to me. “Something to eat while you wait, sir,” they said. It was a tostada and it was damn good.

I got my food to go:

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Upper left: huarache, made with chorizo. Upper right: Tenga (spicy chicken) taco. Bottom: Rice and beans. The huarache in particular was a meal in itself, loaded to the extreme with chorizo, lettuce, tomato and cheese.

A feast for about $18, less than I would spend for an entree at several of my favorite restaurants down here.

Go there as soon as you can. This is not a “well, maybe next March when I get an extra 30 minutes for my lunch break one day” place. Make the time to go there now. It’s that good.