Yayo Taco

Yeah, this place was featured on Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives recently and I’m sure business has spiked because of it. Located across from the UNLV campus, it’s been a hit with students and faculty for some time. Their tacos are their main draw. It’s a diverse and ambitious menu featuring 15 kinds of tacos, ranging from traditional to fusion, along with three vegetarian types.

I went with a combo platter. Four tacos (the Pastor, Texano, Bombay, Shanghai), chips and salsa, and pinto beans. The price of the combo varies depending on which tacos you get. The traditional/classic tacos are $1.75 each and the fusion ones (they call them “taco loco”) are $2.25 each. The final tally for the meal (including soda) was $9.46. Not exactly a cheap meal, but reasonable for the amount of food.

The depth of flavor from the wasabi steak and contrasting textures of the cabbage slaw made the Shanghai my favorite taco. The Pastor was good but lacked the bold flavors and crisp edges of the pork at Tacos El Gordo. The meat in the Texano was completely mushy, rendering it a sloppy mess and I wasn’t crazy about the taste of the Bombay. The chips were good, the pinto beans weren’t. They were incredibly bland and quite possibly some of the worst beans I’ve had.

The interior of the restaurant looks like a dive, but they still keep it clean. The graffiti and distressed furniture just add to the charm and character of the place. Being so close to the college, of course they serve alcohol. Although the girl behind the counter said they were out of a lot because of a concert the night before at the restaurant.

While I wasn’t blown away by some of the tacos, there’s a lot of promise in their menu and it’s worth a return trip to try a few more.

3.5 Stars

4632 S Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 262-0201

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