July 17, 2011

Taco Trio in South Portland

I'd been hearing so much about Taco Trio that I became a little obsessed with it (also, it's really easy to find yourself chanting, tacos! tacos! tacos!, a phenomenon I feel will not stop with all the new taco joints opening).  

Last weekend, A. and I biked into South Portland and were really excited to find Taco Trio. However, they were closed (on Sundays). This further contributed to the obsession.

So last week, we called all our girlfriends and piled into my roomie's car (chanting, no doubt). Taco Trio was to be had.

I ordered a trio of tacos ($9): carne asada, chorizo, and pescado. The best part about the tacos is the salsa bar. I sampled a few and found the hot ones to actually be hot. I settled on a medium roasted tomato salsa (the one in front of the sour cream in the photo below).

Unfortunately, none of my tacos stood out as my favorite. The steak was tasty, but a little dry (the salsa and fresh lime helped), the chorizo and potato was good, but again a little dry, and too sweet. I guess I'd have to go with the fish taco, but felt it was overwhelmed by the amount of lime sour cream-mayo it was topped with. 

A. loved her carnitas taco (seen in the middle with pico de gallo and mango salsas), and I snuck a bite. The seared pork was crunchy and tasted great. I'll go with that one next time.

Overall, I'm sure I'll return to Taco Trio. It's very bikable from Portland (although I don't know if eating three tacos and biking around would be very wise), and if you head out there on Thursdays, you can check out the new South Portland Farmers' Market nearby between 3pm and 7pm.

I enjoyed my tacos, but wasn't necessarily blown away by any of the flavors I experienced. Everything was good, not great. For Mexican food in Maine though, as long as we're not approaching Margarita's or On the Border territory, I'm happy.

Oh, and I fell in love with Horchata, so I will definitely be returning for some of that. 

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