By Rick Gion
In this land of hotdish and ham, it used to be a real pain to find something satisfyingly spicy in the Fargo-Moorhead area.
Thankfully, there’s a much different menu here these days. So give a muchas gracias to the following establishments for greatly improving the scene.
Let’s start with El Vaqueros, which is a restaurant that opened for business a short time before the Covid-19 pandemic hit. And, just right before the pandemic hit, they closed for the winter season. It was presumed by patrons that it was the end for them.
Fortunately, they’re now back in business. Their specialties include birria tacos, chile rellenos, enchiladas, street tacos, and tortas. Just so you know, they’re one of the only places in the area that makes a proper chile relleno.
Be sure to look up El Vaqueros on Facebook to see their whole menu. The menu is small, but packs a punch.
Taqueria Chavez is a really colorful joint located on the main drag in Pelican Rapids, Minn. Specifically, it’s right off of Highway 59 near the turkey plant. Slow down, because you’ll not want to miss it.
Their specialties include birria tacos, enchiladas, sopes, tortas, and tostadas. The person at the front counter is usually the owner. She’s really friendly, so be sure to ask her for recommendations. In fact, she’ll insist on it. She knows how good the food is. There are folks who frequently drive from Fargo-Moorhead to eat there.
Look up Taqueria Chavez on Facebook by using the handle @chavez1taqueria.
Taco Revolution is a mobile food vendor that’s usually located somewhere just off of the eastern part of 32nd Avenue in south Fargo. They specialize in delicious items like arepas, empanadas, sopes, and tacos al pastor. It’s a favorite spot of the followers of the Fargo-Moorhead Eats Facebook group page. Their food is a mix of Latin American culture. As a bonus, the owners are super friendly.
Be sure to follow Taco Revolution on Facebook to find their current physical location. Look them up by using the handle @TacoRevolutionFargo.
Tacos Trompo is an authentic Mexican taqueria in deep south Fargo. They specialize in mostly street tacos, but do offer items like pozole, queso burritos, tamales, and sometimes chile rellenos. If your employer is located in that area, it’s a great spot for a quick lunch.
Check out their Facebook page for daily specials and other information.
These four new hot spots should keep you busy for a while. There are definitely more I could write in-depthly about including La Unica’s new location in south Fargo and Mas Tequila, a really great restaurant in West Fargo. Sol Avenue Kitchen in Moorhead also makes some great Asian-fusion tacos.
The editors only give me so much space to write about food in this newspaper though. I’ll save it for later. Right now, it’s taco time. Grab a cerveza or Jarritos, and let’s eat.
YOU SHOULD KNOW
El Vaqueros is located at 3001 13th Ave. S. in Fargo
Taqueria Chavez is at 601 N. Broadway, Pelican Rapids, Minn.
Taco Revolution (mobile vendor) is usually located somewhere
just off of 32nd Ave S in Fargo
Tacos Trompo is located at 4265 45th St. S. in Fargo, N.D.
Rick Gion administers a Facebook group page called “Fargo-Moorhead Eats” that’s dedicated to the area’s great cooks and cuisine. Check it out, join, and feel free to post items about your local culinary adventures and home cooking.
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