Gallery: A Sunset Park Taco Crawl

Tacos Cachanilla
Tacos Cachanilla

Staring out at Tacos Cachanilla I sampled a Taco Plasero con Huevos($4.00). More like an open faced burrito, this giant taco was filled with seasoned rice studded with peas and onions, and topped with french fries, pickled jalapeños, and hard boiled eggs. Served with a side of super-hot salsa verde, this taco would make for an ideal breakfast after a particularly rough evening.

Tacos Cachanilla: 5807 5th Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11220 (map); 718-492-4369

Tulcingo Deli VI
Tulcingo Deli VI

Next up was Tulcingo Deli VI, a brightly painted room decorated with more deer heads than I've seen outside of a hunting lodge. I opted for two tacos, nopales and barbacoa ($2.50 each). Nopales are cactus paddles that are finely sliced and grilled. The flavor is somewhere in between green peppers and string beans with a slightly sour note and a slimy quality similar to okra. The barbacoa taco was filled with braised goat and was salty, gamey, plenty goaty, and incredibly satisfying. Both were topped with a wonderfully mild avocado purée and served with grilled spring onions.

Tulcingo Deli VI: 5520 5th Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11220 (map); 718-439-2896; www.tulcingonyc.com

La Guera
La Guera

The front of La Guera is a table filled with fruit salads and jars of aguas frescas, but inside there are a few tables for sit-down dining. I went with two different pork preparations, carnitas and enchilada ($1.50 each). The carnitas was nothing to write home about, but the enchilada taco was filled with red-orange chunks of juicy, perfectly spiced pork.

La Guera: 4603 5th Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11220 (map); 718-437-0232

Tacos Ricos
Tacos Ricos

Tacos Ricos is one of my neighborhood favorites, not only for the best mural of a pig happily stewing himself in a bubbling cauldron, although it does add a certain allure.

Tacos Ricos: 505 51st Street, Brooklyn NY 11220 (map); 718-633-4816

Taco orientales
Taco orientales

Tacos Ricos has a few of the more unusual offerings in the area, including this taco orientales ($2.50). A warm tortilla is topped with spiced, fried chunks of pork and finished with a spicy, smokey chipotle based sauce and sweet griddled onions.

Tacos Ricos: 505 51st Street, Brooklyn NY 11220 (map); 718-633-4816

Taco arabes
Taco arabes

The taco arabes ($3.50) starts with an atypical flour tortilla that has been browned on both sides. Spit-roasted pork is piled on and finished with milder salsa roja. The combination of the thinly shaved meat and the flour tortilla made this reminiscent of a Mexican gyro.

Tacos Ricos: 505 51st Street, Brooklyn NY 11220 (map); 718-633-4816

Taco Mix
Taco Mix

The last stop on my taco crawl was the new location of Taco Mix. Up until recently Taco Mix had been operating out of a lean-to shed, putting out some of the best and cheapest tacos around. Their Puebla F.C. themed brick and mortar restaurant has added some seats and table service but the quality and prices are exactly the same. The suadero taco ($1.50), translated on the menu as tender meat, was tiny dice of the most tender beef finished with diced onions and finely chopped cilantro. With beef this flavorful and juicy the red and green salsa provided proved superfluous.

Taco Mix: 457 53rd Street, Brooklyn NY 11220 (map); 374-600-3496

Al Pastor
Al Pastor

Al Pastor is one of my absolute favorite taco fillings, especially when there is plenty of sweet pineapple involved. Tacos Ricos' version ($1.50) was about as close to perfect as I've ever had, the pork was marinated in sweet and smokey chiles, and the pineapple provided little bites of sweetness to offset the spicy pork. As if these wonderful tacos weren't enough, Taco Mix provides baskets of warm tortilla chips and smooth guacamole while you wait.

Taco Mix: 457 53rd Street, Brooklyn NY 11220 (map); 374-600-3496