The year’s most dreaded season is upon us and the deadline for filing is quickly creeping up. Hopefully, you have aced this “adulting” thing and have already received your tax reimbursement. If you have, we have an idea of where you can spend some of your extra, hard-earned cash. If you have not, well, we know just the place to drown your sorrows in tacos.
Just a little over a year ago, we were dining al fresco (50-degree weather, basically, “sub-zero” for Valley temperatures) at the McAllen Food Park, satisfying our taco cravings at Nuri Food Truck. We watched as the owner, Gabriel Fuentes, tossed around a football with one of his daughters and helped create the perfect setting for a family business that delivers on fun and flavor.
Since then, much to our delight, our favorite Korean-Mexican fusion food truck has evolved into a brick and mortar. Congratulations are most definitely in order for the Fuentes family.
In just four short months of opening their doors and only taking into account their top 3 sellers, Nuri McAllen has already sold a total of 15, 871 Takos since December 6, 2017! Of that total number sold, the Nuri Tako (still the house favorite) takes the top spot with 7,878 sold. You remember the yummy Nuri Tako, right? Chorizo, melted cheese, and carne de cecina wrapped in a warm, specially made flour tortilla, topped with homemade salsa tomatillo? Yeah, we thought so (wink). Hungry yet?
REMINDERS: All the salsas at Nuri McAllen are made from the owner’s wife’s recipes and their tortillas are specially made for the restaurant, and Nuri Food Truck, at a local tortilleria. Now there’s some genuine local flavor for ya!
Trisha: Tacos? (pondering emoji) I can do tonight after 7:00 p.m., anytime after 5:00 tomorrow or Friday and after 7:00 pm this Saturday.
Gaby: Yes! Tonight is a must. I can't do any other day (lol)
Trisha: Perfect. See you tonight. (smiling emoji)
Gaby: Yes, ma’am! (thumbs up emoji)
Since Nuri underwent a large transformation, we had to make sure that their food was just as we remembered. So of course, in true Gaby and Trisha fashion, we ordered: the Queso N Chips *new to the menu*, a side of Guac N Chips (with some “Beak of Rooster”...you’ll figure it out), the Nuri Tako, the Devine Swine (grilled pork belly, ponzu, Valley Lemon slaw, pickled onions, cilantro, salsa tomatillo in a 6” flour tortilla) the Indigo Child (mushrooms, zucchini, shredded carrots, Valley Lemon slaw, cilantro, salsa tomatillo in corn tortillas), Kimchi Frites and a couple of Rice Bowls (one with white rice and pork belly, another with brown rice and grilled chicken). Also, to spice it up even MORE, we ordered a couple of Bacon J-Bombs (bacon-wrapped jalapenos stuffed with cheese).Oh yeah, almost forgot! On top of that, the kitchen was feeling extra generous and threw in a Yardbird tako filled with its now infamous and cooked-to-perfection cajun fried chicken. With all this delectable goodness to devour, we’d like to be able to say that we were a group of 10 people sharing a colossal meal but, as we’re sure you loyal readers have guessed by now, it was just the two of us plus 2 more accompanying victims.
The food was precisely how we remembered it-perhaps even better because this time we weren’t freezing our little tooshies off! The addition of the Queso N’ Chips keeps in line with Nuri’s theme of delicious, infused food. Make sure to mix your Queso before scooping it up with your fresh, crispy tortilla chips. There are a few surprises in it by the name of: a scoop of guacamole, queso fresco and chorizo! *mind blowing sound effects*
SIDE NOTE: As of this past Friday, Nuri can officially sell beer and wine. But leave it up to Gabriel to think outside the box in order to create some delectable Sake-based and wine cocktails that will rival any traditional margarita or cucumber-tini in town. Ask for the Sake to Mule, Kimchilada or the Nani!
Take care of your Taco Tuesday cravings, or on any given night of the week, at Nuri McAllen. You’ll find the restaurant cozily located in corner Suite 800 H at 7600 N. 10th St., McAllen, Texas. Currently, Nuri’s hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 10:45 a.m.-9:00 p.m., and closed on Sunday. Stay up to date with their specials and events, along with the re-opening of Nuri Food Truck in about a month, via their social media platforms such as Facebook: @NuriRestaurantGroup, @NuriFoodTruck, and Instagram: @NuriMcAllen, @NuriFoodTruck. For more information, you can reach them at (956) 664-0004.
Gaby Jones and Trisha Watts work hand-in-hand with the service industry. Jones is in charge of craft and imported beer for L&F Distributors and Watts is the communications director for Visit McAllen. Each week they will have a new adventure and provide an opinion on various locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley.