When it comes to Mexican food, limitations are off-putting. The term “Taco Tuesday” is restrictive (only one day a week, really?) and “too many options” just seems overstated. So, while Toledo has an abundance of taco joints, taquerias, cantinas, bodegas and Mexican restaurants, we don’t complain when another option pops up.
419 Tacos is housed in the location of former POP Grille (and before that Blackwood’s, el Matador and going way back, the Holland House). This taqueria offers Mexican street food favorites—tacos, burritos, nachos, tortas and, of course, a full bar with margaritas—at affordable prices. Owner, Jorge Diaz, “wants to bring the neighborhood together, keeping it alive” by serving up affordable food in an inviting space. We stopped by to see what the new, locally-owned restaurant is all about and left satisfied, full, and only $22 lighter.
Guac and chips at a Mexican place go hand in hand, and this popular dip is noteworthy. While the consistency of guac varies among Toledo’s Mexican eateries, 419 Tacos’ guacamole is thick, with big, bright chunks of tomato and avocado and fragrant, fresh flavors of cilantro and lime. Prefer your guac to be smooth? The “smooth vs. chunky” debate can be set aside when the taste is this enticing.
Elote: Mexican Street Corn
Two tender ears of corn, topped with mayonnaise, crumbled cotija cheese, chile powder, and lime comprise this appetizer. The pepper’s slight kick balances out with the saltiness of the cheese, so the flavors aren’t too strong, providing a delectable bite every time. After you try this, you won’t want to eat corn on the cob any other way.
Chorizo con Papas Tacos
Chorizo, a popular Mexican pork sausage, is favored for its consistency and offering a bit of spicy seasoning. 419 Tacos serves up this Mexican sausage in street tacos with cubed red potatoes, onion and cilantro on a soft, handmade corn tortilla. Never had potatoes in tacos before? This is ‘street food’, try it and it could become a habit. To personalize the taco, add a dab of sour cream and some of the guac from the appetizer.
Taco El Muerto
Steak, chorizo, bacon, habanero-pickled red onions, and avocado are paired in a handmade tortilla to
create this taco. Your taste buds are bound to be pleased by these well-balanced, authentic flavors.
Check out their Facebook page for a full menu and prices at facebook.com/419Tacos.
3309 N Holland-Sylvania Rd | 419-214-1330
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11am-9pm | Friday-Saturday,
11am-10pm | Sunday 11am-8pm