We got the chance to visit La Carnita Taqueria located at 501 College Street. We loved the cozy atmosphere of the restaurant. The authentic street artwork on the walls were an excellent contrast to the dimly light ambience of La Carnita. Not to mention, we fell in love with their neon sign! Just brilliant.
We began our meal with an appetizer. We decided on tortilla chips with your choice of any 3 dips. We wanted to try all 3 dips so from left to right, there’s Guacamole, Corn Salsa & Spicy Bean with Queso. The chips were lightly seasoned and crisp to perfection. As soon as this appetizer came, we couldn’t wait to dig in as you can see!
Mexican Street Corn
Next was La Carnita’s Mexican Street Corn. This is not your average corn on the cob. It has an added kick that has the right amount of spice to keep you coming back for more. I’m a corn lover so ordering this was a no brainer for me. The char marks on the corn elevates the corn’s sweetness to heighten your taste buds.
In Cod We Trust
Camille enjoyed In Cod We Trust. The cod was juicy and the batter was light and crispy. The balance of the green apple and pickled red cabbage made the dish flavourful. Lime crema was perfect for the cod as it added the exact amount of acidity to the taco.
The Pollo Frito was to die for! The chicken thighs were so unbelievably tender it was literally melting in my mouth. The peanut mole and honey worked well with Rossy’s hot sauce. The impeccable placement of the salsa fresca on top of the green cabbage was exactly what the dish needed. I made sure to take one of the tacos home.
One of our friends had the Beef Cheek. The beef was ancho braised for that smokey, savoury taste. Green cabbage and cilantro gave the meal its freshness. Pickling the jalapeño peppers was a great idea because the heat from the peppers weren’t overpowering or overwhelming. Lime avocado still gave this dish the remnants of the guacamole that everyone knows and loves.
Tostada de Ceviche
This was Camille’s first time having Ceviche and she couldn’t stop raving about it. She loved the smooth, creaminess of the coconut milk and the Albacore tuna. We make tomato and cucumber salad on a regular basis so both ingredients were a superb fit with the habanero peppers. I believe this was her favourite meal of the night.
For dessert, we shared churros. We’re big fans of churros. We’ve even made them at home, but La Carnita’s are incomparable. The cinnamon sugar on these churros were beyond great. I have a major sweet tooth so this was right up my alley. When you visit La Carnita, you have to order the churros. It’s a must!
La Carnita Taqueria has 2 other location at 780 Queen Street East & 106 John Street. Check out La Carnita at www.lacarnita.com