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Tacos El Gordo Sunset

Tacos El Gordo

2560 W Sunset Rd
Las Vegas NV, 89119
Overall Rating
3.1
Food
Service
Ambiance
Value
Last Review
07/27/2022

Details

Parking: Private Lot

Critic's Review

I've never wanted to wait on line in a room full of masked people, so when Tacos El Gordo opened a location off-strip on Sunset it was an opportunity to see what all the chatter was about.

I'd hoped to miss the lunch crowd by getting here around 2pm, but there were a lot of cars in the lot. People know about this place.

Tacos El Gordo Lot

My first time at a Tacos El Gordo. I wasn't quite sure what to expect.

Tacos El Gordo Sunset Door

It's a very large place, not nearly as many people inside as I'd feared.

Tacos El Gordo Sunset Interior

In the back they have the signature statue with the fake El Pastor spit. Time to try the real thing.

Tacos El Gordo Art

When I got up front I was happy to see no lines.

Tacos El Gordo Sunset No Lines

I'd done a bit of research before coming; if you've never been here before they have separate lines for different kinds of meats. There's a line for Adobada (the El Pastor); I also wanted to try the Lengua (tongue) and the Asada (steak). So I'd have to wait on 3 lines.

I ordered 2 of the Adobada El Pastor tacos first.

Tacos El Gordo El Pastor

Then one Tongue Taco.

Tacos El Gordo Tongue

And an Asada Taco. 3 lines for 4 tacos.

Tacos El Gordo Asada

After you get your food you go to the cash register and pay. You can also get a bottled drink or a cup in the register area.

For radishes and limes, there's a service are where you can pick your own; as many as you want. They didn't have iced tea so I got a bottle of water.

Tacos El Gordo Lime Bar

I got a seat by the window; rare Las Vegas clouds; the place is directly across the street from the Town Square shopping center.

Tacos El Gordo View

Just over $18 for this. Not dirt cheap. The Tacos were $2.80 2 years ago, so that's a 23% increase; inflation or gouging?

Tacos El Gordo Food

I went for the El Pastor first. They were kind of sloppy with the 2 loose sauces. I tasted the meat first; a little bit spicy.

Tacos El Gordo El Pastor Dos

A pretty good Taco. Not life changing. Maybe a bit better than what I got at Tacos El Pastor a few weeks back.

Gordo El Pastor Close

The Asada didn't impress me when he was making the taco. It was a pretty good portion but there was nothing special about the meat.

Tacos El Gordo Asada Close

The guacamole also wasn't anything special. It was a particularly bland taco.

Tacos El Gordo Asada Close 2

Next was the tongue. People keep telling me how great lengua tacos are. One thing you do need to remember; don't smell it. It smells bad.

Tacos El Gordo Tongue Close

The meat was very tender but again, nothing really special about the taste. No spice at all. My last time ordering tongue.

At 2:20 there was a pretty substantial line for Asada; I guess I got lucky. I don't think I would have waited on 3 lines if I had to wait.

Tacos El Gordo Line After

Conclusion

So while the Tacos were decent, I really don't see that they're much better than a bunch of other places; there was no meat here I'd be willing to wait long for; no sauce that is so good I'd be willing to go out of my way for it. I'm always amused by people who rave about tacos; I haven't had a great taco in the United States EVER. Today was no different.

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