On January 31, 2015, a craving for a good shrimp taco needed to be met. The quest for good shrimp tacos was born. Driving around, Google was used to locate a place that supposedly had some pretty good shrimp tacos. That place was Torchy’s Tacos in Allen, Tx.
Driving up, the place seems very interesting. The light up sign with the little flying devil makes one a little leery of how the tacos might taste. Are they meant to be really spicy, or does the sign signify that these tacos are devilishly good. Thinking the latter part, it was decided to give this place a try, after all the need for a shrimp taco was very strong.
Once inside, the ordering menu has some interesting names on it that would make a nun blush and run for cover. Spotting the item that was a requirement for gastronomical beckoning, a bypass was made on saying aloud names on the menu that one realistically shouldn’t order in front of their mother, or anyone else. Did the people who created the menu know what a Dirty Sanchez really is? The name itself makes one lose their appetite if they know what it is, and there it was… plain as day, front and center on a food menu. One can only guess that the dish with that name probably tastes like crap, hence the name for it, so it was avidly avoided.
Ambiance at Torchy’s is medium loud. Acoustics allow for conversations to be overheard at the next table. The restaurant is clean, and the person behind the counter is friendly and patient. As a non fine dining establishment, one can expect paper napkins, and toss-able baskets.
A Baja Shrimp taco was ordered, along with an order of Green Chile Queso and chips. To drink, there were the options of alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages. The soda fountain had Maine Root beverages, which is a good-for-you company serving very natural products. As a diner style restaurant, one will order at the counter, take a number, grab a drink and sit down. People will notice at lunch time that the place gets very busy, and sometimes it is hard to find a seat.
Sitting down, the number gets placed where a food runner can spot it. First out, the Green Chile Queso and chips came. This was nice to receive first at a non-wait-staffed restaurant. Served in it’s own little skillet, the queso was good, and it tasted like Velveeta cheese with a little milk, Cholula and Rotel mixed in. Most people like Velveeta cheese and Rotel, so it was not a surprise for $5.99 that this was served. Chips for the queso were thicker than average, but the queso was still quite edible.
Next came the Baja Shrimp taco. It was not the best shrimp taco ever eaten, but it was a very tasty taco. The cabbage slaw had a slight taste of vinegar to it, and had jalepenos, onions, cheese, along with a heavy taste of cilantro. There is a lime wedge to help tone down the cilantro, and the chipotle sauce is served on the side. When ordering the tacos, each patron gets the opportunity to select which type of tortilla shell they want, so each taco can be customized to taste, which is a nice feature. Shrimp on the taco is breaded with a light breading and is quite tasty.
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In order for a restaurant to receive five stars, it would need to have: Full Service Ordering & Appropriate Pricing Comparison, Extensive wine/ liquor / beer / beverage selection, The food must be of Executive Chef quality and must have flawless taste and presentation, Impeccable Ambiance (The restaurant must have plush seating, and a unique quality design / flow of the restaurant. The napkins should be cloth or made of a cloth like material, and the silver should be polished. Glasses must also be spot free and polished. The dining table must be clean and debris free.), Incomparable Experience (Flawless Dining, includes attentive waitstaff, no issues with food quality or taste, and no obvious issues.)