We earlier talked with the Samich Shack (see Dine & Dash, March 9, 2022) about their Eastside place that also serves tacos and burritos from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays as a result of Sundays. Miguel Garza is the man powering Machete’s concept. He tells us he draws on many years of practical experience operating seven distinct eateries in Los Angeles, and most lately Vinum Populi regionally, which shuttered all through the pandemic.
Machete’s tiny and clear-cut menu delivers your option of 3 tacos or a burrito for $8.50, stuffed with chicken tinga, pulled pork, steak pastor or fire-grilled veggies. For burritos, we consider the steak pastor and the veggie choices. The two are packed with seasoned rice, beans, avocado, refreshing cilantro and pickled cabbage. Individuals fillings, although all tasty and effectively-executed, appear to be to overpower the volume of meat or veggies.
The burritos would be a lot more unforgettable if they were being far more generous with the tender and flavorful steak. It’s usually great to see a veggie supplying at eateries, and the zucchini and peppers are well seasoned and keep a little bit of crunch no slimy veggies selection below. The flippantly griddled tortilla does sog a little bit from the zucchini, but the steak burrito continues to be portable and dry on the exterior.
The star for us, nevertheless: the pulled pork tacos. The pork flavor intrigues with a slightly sweet and smoky marinade and chews with a tender chunk and a few crispy bits mixed in. The California inspiration will come by way of as the tacos are stuffed with a lot of avocado and radishes and topped with clean cilantro. A generous serving of that same rice and beans from the burrito arrives on the facet of the a few flour tortilla tacos. The working day we visit, Machete’s only has 1 of their three salsas obtainable, the medium jalapeño, which also arrives on the facet. It gifts a awesome kick with a delicate afterburn and pairs very well with our tacos and burritos. Following time, I’d like to attempt the spicy habanero for far more warmth and see how the delicate inexperienced chile stacks up against that of other Colorado taquerias.