April showers bring May flowers AND Cinco de Mayo happy hours! With the holiday weekend being upon us, you know we wasted no time in pregaming it “taco style”. Well, in a welcomed twist of fate, our first stop of taco month found us. We were initially set to meet at a different taco haven but, no thanks to any Facebook updates, upon arriving at the steps of the establishment’s front door, we found that they were temporarily closed for remodeling.
via an actual exchange of verbal communication
Trisha: It’s closed for a face lift *squinty face emoji*
Gaby: Noooooo...that was NOT on their FB
Trisha: New plan. I see another option across the street
Gaby: Okay. That should be good too. Let’s go!
After we drove a little further down the road, we found our fated destination. El Tizoncito dates back to 1966, when Mrs. Concepción Cervantes, affectionately referred to as Doña Conchita, decided to open a tiny taquería on the street corner of Tamaulipas and Campeche within the Colonia Condesa in Mexico City. The creation of Doña Conchita’s taco al pastor became an icon of Mexican food that has become famous throughout the world.
Our first order of “business” was tackling the impressively sized starter of Chicharron de Queso and our Tacos de Chorizo. They were perfect appetizers for our group of four. Not long after, we had our table filled with a Huarache Placero (traditional with salsa, queso fresco, Frijoles el Tizoncito and lettuce) some Pollo al Pastor (traditional street tacos filled with shredded chicken) tacos and one additional order of Al Pastor tacos (traditionally seasoned pork) and Tacos de Bistek. With a couple of side orders to enhance the taste of our already tasty tacos, we topped them with slices of fresh pineapple, avocado, or sprinkled some queso fresco.
If you want to think outside the taco, try one of El Tizoncito’s soups, salads, quesadillas or dishes prepared with nopales. Whatever it is you decide on, make sure to pair your tacos with a nice cold michelada, Mexican Coca Cola or an agua fresca, like their Agua de Guayaba, always made with natural flavors and no syrup or any of that artificial stuff. Also, although we didn’t have the opportunity to indulge, end your dining experience with a hot cup of Cafe de Olla (sweet coffee prepared with spices that taste and smell like Mexico) or a slice of Pastel de Elote (cake made with sweet corn).
El Tizoncito can be found in the corner suite of the Sharyland Towne Crossing plaza, located within the HEB Plus parking lot at 201 S Shary Rd Suite 100 in Mission, Texas. Their hours are Monday thru Thursday from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.; Friday from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m.; Saturday from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m; and Sunday from 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. You can call (956) 424-6688 for more information, or visit www.eltizoncito.com.mx. Also, follow them on their social media platforms @eltizoncitousa.
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-South Texas and Watts is a freelance writer specializing in the marketing of the service industry. Each week they will have a new adventure and provide an opinion on multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. They can be reached at email@example.com.