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Taqueria El Antojo

Chain store offers authentic items

Taqueria El Antojo has three locations in the South Sound. Photo credit: Dutch Randall

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Mexican food is easy to find in the South Sound, and cheap Mexican food seems to be even easier. However, finding affordable authentic Mexican cuisine takes a bit more effort.  Fortunately for South Sounders, Taqueria El Antojo has a ton of affordable offerings served up quickly that taste great.  And if that isn't enough, there are three locations including Lakewood, University Place, and Tacoma's East side.

As soon as you enter Taqueria El Antojo you are greeted by the friendly staff and immersed in the lively setting of bright colors and buzzing with Latino music over the speakers.  Ordering here is as easy as walking up to the counter and stating your number choice since everything is listed on the huge menu board behind the counter.  With so many choices, it may be difficult to make up your mind.  So, take your time, and get yourself prepared for a tasty treat ranging from simple taco plate for around $6 (#3) to the Carne Asada plate at $12.50 (#20).  And if you are truly hungry, the Pollo Asado plate is half of a seasoned chicken served with rice and beans for just $11 (#30).

The chicken flautas caught my eye on this visit with a threesome of perfectly seasoned, shredded, juicy chicken wrapped in flour tortillas which are then deep fried for a crunchy exterior and a soft chewy interior (#29).  Partnered with rice and beans, I was not disappointed, and found myself eyeing the menu to figure out exactly what else I had missed out on.  Unfortunately, I was already filled to capacity after chomping down on the warm tortilla chips available for the taking at the salsa bar.

Taqueria El Antojo is a family environment with fountain drinks and Mexican sodas like Coke and Jarritos, as well as a kid's menu of smaller portions.  And finally, a dessert menu that includes not just the expected flan and churros, but also a burrito cheese cake.  Yes, you read that correctly ... a burrito cheese cake of creamy cheese cake filling wrapped by a deep fried flour tortilla, topped with berries, chocolate and whip cream alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

TAQUERIA EL ANTOJO, 3801 East Mckinley S., Tacoma. 2.5.475.0375; 11916 Pacific Hwy. S., Lakewood, 253.983.1550; 5502 Orchard St. W. Suite A5, University Place, 253.212.0914

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