When I realized that this past Tuesday was Cinco De Mayo and Taco Tuesday rolled into one I knew that I had to go to Calle for $1 tacos. I used to eat regularly at their Mount Vernon location. In fact, I scheduled my weekly Skagit County work day on Tuesday specifically so I could enjoy $1 tacos every week. The most I ever ate in one sitting was 12 (I've heard one of the co-owners holds the record at 39 1/2), which is still more than I should have eaten, but they are so delicious, and they used to have this amazing pollo blanco taco that was a creamy corn chicken delight. I'm still crushed and confused that it's missing from the menu. I've even tried their lengua, tripas, and chapulines (grasshoppers) tacos that have since been taken off of the regular taco menu and made into their own order called "Tacos Locos."
Even though Tuesdays are a Kung Fu night for my 10 year-old, we all went: my husband, my boy, my girl, and our neighbor-boy at 8-o-clock to the newer Snohomish location. Although I prefer the décor in Mount Vernon and the old-town feel walking to the restaurant, the Snohomish Calle, located in a strip-mall by the old train station, is festive and fun. It was packed, and parties were ordering tacos by the tray. I'm talking about 15-20 tacos at a time.
Since it was Cinco De Mayo, and my husband was driving, I ordered the Calavera - Wahaka Mezcal Espadin, pineapple, basil leaves, agave nectar, and lime. Surprisingly I didn't think it was very sweet, not like a margarita at least. It had a smoky flavor as well that I can only assume came from the Mezcal.
Then arrived the best part, my three favorite tacos! I should mention that growing up I thought tacos all came in hard shells, or the flour soft tortillas that Taco Bell uses. I even lived in South California for awhile but I don't recall ordering street tacos. I always ordered burritos, which I think is because I'm from New Mexico, but maybe I'm a bad New Mexican for not knowing the pleasures of a soft corn tortilla with meats until moving to Western Washington. I digress, please behold the beauty of the Chicken Tinga (smoked chipotle), Chorizada (chorizo, steak, and pineapple), and Pollo Habanero (which is actually hot, and I love spice).
These three nuggets of goodness totally made my evening. I didn't even flinch when the boys ordered a second round of tacos, because they're a $1! I highly recommend Calle, even if you can't make it on a Tuesday, tacos are only $2 the rest of the week, and their menu extends beyond that if you're strange and anti-taco. They even have a wide-variety of gluten-free options if that's a concern. So there you go, the perfect place to celebrate El Dia de la Batalla de Puebla.
I'm a not-for-profit worker that loves food, both healthy and indulgent. I've eaten the 12 egg omelette at Beth's Cafe: toast, hash browns, and all. Take that Adam Richman!