While I was at South By Southwest in March, I fell hard for Casa del Fuego, a late-night taco truck parked in downtown Austin. The soft tacos were simple – just chicken, cheese, cilantro and onions in a corn tortilla. Since then, I’ve been on the search for tacos like that in Memphis.
On the recommendation of my friend Stacey, I drove out to Hickory Hill to try Tacos Borolas for lunch.
The menu is loaded with authentic Mexican snacks. The tacos are $1.75 each, and they come with your choice of meat: spicy pork, Mexican sausage, tripe, beef tongue, beef tripe or steak. My spicy pork taco came to the table naked, but I added cilantro, onions and lime juice from a tray that the waitress brought over.
I also tried a spicy pork sope, a thick tortilla loaded with beans, meat, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream.
If you’re going for atmosphere, Tacos Borolas probably won’t be the place for you. The decor is a little sparse, but the staff is completely friendly and the food is inexpensive (the total for my meal and drink was $6.28).
Tacos Borolas is open daily from 9 a.m. (they have breakfast!) to 9 p.m. On Friday and Saturday nights, they’re open until 11 p.m. For dessert, stop by Panaderia de Ilusion, the bakery / party supply shop next door.