The other day, when Matt was still in town and we had a free afternoon, we headed to Castro Street for lunch. Downtown Mountain View is always a fun spot to grab a meal. There’s usually a lot going on (at least by South Bay standards) and there are so many places to eat! We decided to just walk around and see if anything sparked our interest. We intended to try something other than Mexican food because we eat it way too often. Then, we stumbled upon East Street Tacos. We couldn’t say no to tacos! And fusion tacos, nonetheless. So it wasn’t entirely Mexican…right?
It was a beautiful day so Matt could get some vitamin D before flying back to the East Coast. I ordered a “booty call” cocktail, just because. It consisted of vodka, aperol, grapefruit juice (my favorite), lime juice, and sparkling wine. I actually tried a similar drink at the new Vina Enoteca near where I work and I love the combination.
Our taco order included a buffalo chicken (Matt’s go-to), tandoori chicken, miso truffle pork belly, spicy carnitas, bulgogi beef, and baja fish. I loved that you could choose your taco “shell” for the different fixings. The options ranged from regular corn tortillas to lettuce (which we chose for the tandoori) to baos. Then, we threw in an appetizer of “pig & tots”, tater tots with bacon and beer cheese.
Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo of the tots, but they were a gut bomb. I didn’t really like the beer cheese, but who doesn’t love tater tots!
The tacos were great though. I don’t know if you’d really call them tacos, but probably more of a taco-tapas mix. We ate the buffalo chicken, carnitas, and baja fish on regular corn tortillas. The carnitas was probably the most traditional one we tried. We paired the bulgogi beef and pork belly tacos with baos to go with the Asian flavors. It was a perfect combo! I think the pork belly might have been the best.
Another top contender was the tandoori chicken in a big slice of lettuce, essentially a lettuce wrap. The chicken was delicious and very tender.
Overall, Matt and I were happy with our new find. It’s definitely a good spot for a casual lunch or happy hour, which I think they celebrate daily. So, the next time you’d like to remix your traditional taco, try East Street Tacos!