I’m not the only one who doesn’t think Mid-town Taqueria, the aforementioned taco joint recently risen out of the ashes of Sidewalk Pizza on 38th and Jay, is actually located in midtown, right? By most people’s reckoning midtown is bordered on the East by either biz 80 or Alhambra, and maybe even by 28th, putting Mid-town Taqueria and Sidewalk before it in East Sacramento. Anyway, it is definitely a taqueria so at least they got it half right.
It’s still very new; last night there were painters working during the dinner rush, adding a faux finish to one wall. This might be the reason that the place has looked completely packed since it opened, construction is blocking half of the interior seating. It is however a great location for outdoor dining, with a long sitting bar much like Taco Loco, only covered.
However, based on my first attempt it is not very good. My super burrito (Al Pastor, of course) had very little meat. Also I always forget how much I dislike sour cream on a burrito, it tends to take over the taste.
The chips are standard but pretty good, but the salsas are bland. The “primary” salsa (you know, the medium standard tomato-based salsa) was laughably bad. And there were only 2 other salsa options, both just OK, and a bland guacamole like La Fiesta’s.
However, as mentioned on a weekend round-up a few weeks ago at Sac Foodies, there is a large mariscos section of the menu including things like tilapia and sea bass, and that could make it a winner in the end — although anymore a seafood menu at a taco place is pretty mandatory. Maybe it just needs some time to get the mixture right. I’ll definitely be back…hold the sour cream.
And as you may have read elsewhere, it does indeed appear to be owned by the Sidewalk guy, I saw him there last night. I guess pizza is going out of style? Although if you read Sactown or Sac Mag last month you heard different…