Restaurant talk: Taqueria El Si Hay

Taqueria El Si Hay gets a lot of ink, but people still ask me about it all the time. They say, “Have you ever tried that taco stand across the street from Bolsa?” And here is what I tell them: “Yes, and you should too.”

Taqueria El Si Hay

is one of my favorite taco stands anywhere, and I’ve put away plenty from here to Brownsville.

The menu is simple. They serve seven tacos — chorizo, al pastor, fajita beef, chicken, tongue, steak and barbacoa — and they are all $1.30 each.  I always get barbacoa, which is slow-roasted beef cheek that tastes kind of like pot roast, and two fill me up. So I can get a quick, tasty lunch for under $3. That’s what Mexican food should cost. Forget paying $8.99 for an enchilada plate.  But that’s a rant I’ll save for another day.

The tacos are always hot and cooked to order and served on thick corn tortillas with cilantro, onion and a lime wedge. The red salsa is served ice cold, and I use it sparingly because it is almost too spicy for me. Although I haven’t tried the six other tacos, there is never not a line at El Si Hay, so I would guess that they’re all pretty tasty. The taco stand also serves horchata, Jarritos and Mexican Coca-Cola. They’re open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday. They stay open until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and open at 8 a.m. on weekends.



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  • Bob

    What’s with you folks and addresses? Do you assume every reader knows where Bolsa is?