Inexpensive, unpretentious and quick, this strip-mall taqueria ticks off all the right boxes when it comes to a street-taco joint. Unsurprisingly, you’ll find the expected pork carnitas and carne asada on the menu. But Esperanza also dishes out more unique selections such as a perfectly seasoned lengua, or tongue, which features dead-on preparation, lightly charred on the outside, optimally tender on the inside. Shrimp tacos, spotlighting fresh flavor and meaty texture, also are exceptional. Spice fans will appreciate the selection of salsas made fresh daily, although most of the tacos are near perfect with nothing more than a touch of onion, cilantro and lime.
Taqueria La Esperanza clearly aspires to be among the best of its type, and it succeeds on all counts.Currently, this is my favorite affordable Mexican spot. The combination of unparalleled value, attention to detail with respect to the cooked-to-order nature of the food and fresh made salsas make for a South of the Border winner.