When I was at Euphoria
in late September, friends told me I needed to stop by Papi’s Taco’s
to try a travelin’ taco.
For those of you as clueless as I was about what a travelin’ taco might be, it’s basically a taco made in a Fritos bag. On top of the Fritos, you scoop the meat, cheese, lettuce, tomato and anything else you want on your taco. Then you can use a spoon to eat your taco right out of the bag. No mess.
Papi’s Taco is the newest Table 301
restaurant, and it’s on the Riverwalk, just below The Lazy Goat
, also a Table 301 restaurant. (Others are Soby’s
, Soby’s on the Side
, Nose Dive
, Passerelle Bistro
Carl Sobocinski, owner of Table 301, describes Papi’s as a “food truck without the wheels.” It’s a small place with limited seating. The menu offers tacos – several kinds, including steak, carnitas, shrimp, chicken and vegetarian – and tortas, housemade salsa and Mexican drinks.
According to an email Sobocinski sent out when Papi’s Taco opened in late August, there is a Papi. He’s Jorge Baralles Sr., who started working at Soby’s when it opened in 1997 and has also worked at The Lazy Goat.
I thought the travelin’ taco was delicious, but what’s not to like about taco fixings and Frito’s? (Disclaimer here: I think a Frito is the most delicious of all the high-in-fat but low-in-nutrition foods that come in a bag.)
When you visit Papi’s Taco’s, you won’t find the travelin’ taco on the menu. It is, according to Sobocinski’s email, reserved for those “in the know.”