Until the last few years, Mexican food was getting pretty stale in Fort Wayne. Choices were not much more than variations of two ingredients: tortillas and meat. You were then lucky enough to be presented with a side of flavorless refried beans and dry rice. But, oh, the cuisine has evolved!
Today we have better, authentic choices. Some of my taco favorites:
- Salsa Grille - I credit them with sparking some much-needed competition in the Mexican food arena. Thanks, Salsa Grille! So grateful!
My favorite taco is the grilled vegetarian on corn tortillas (the fairer of the tortilla sisters). A blend of tri-colored peppers, zucchini, yellow onions, and cheese - and of course as much salsa as I can handle from their salsa bar.
- Tacos Arandas El Amish on Broadway is keeping it real. You won't get lettuce, cheese, or a TacoBot here - but you will get seasoned, tender meat, cilantro, and white onions resting inside a corn tortilla.
- La Fogata in Quimby Village has an unassuming exterior, but there's Mexican food magic happening inside. I recommend trying the Fajita Combinadas de Pollo y Res. The chicken and steak fajitas are tender and perfectly seasoned, and the onions, tomatoes, and peppers are crisp and tender.
La Fogata's homemade chips have a flawless crisp to them and the salsa is fresh with big tomato and onion chunks in a soupy salsa - my favorite kind.
Which leads me to pontificate. Homemade chips and ‘knock your socks off' salsa should be a staple of any Mexican restaurant - not just a bonus. It makes me wonder why it's so hit or miss to find good quality.
Thankfully for Fort Wayne, real tacos are here - no longer only found under the hot Mexican sun!