In a colorful freestanding building on Yale in the Heights sits Taqueria La Jalisciense. The windows are jam-packed with bright writing announcing the delicacies you’ll find inside: Homemade tortillas! Tasty menudo! Chicharrones and tripe! Breakfast starts early here and is served all day long, always a good thing in my book. When we got there around noon, the place was crowded, but not packed.
La Jaliscience is a true taqueria complete with salsa verde that will have smoke pouring from your ears, carrots soaked in jalapeno juice, and a beautiful selection of agua frescas. Tacos arrive in the authentic Mexican format topped simply with onion and cilantro.
The restaurant’s shining star is the deliciously picante housemade red salsa, which can hide many sins. Fill up on it. Or throw it on a breakfast taco to take advantage of the restaurant’s one true calling.
But the fun ends there... La Jalisciense, you see, starts at a disadvantage. Tortillas -- the foundation of any good taqueria -- are brittle and taste of grease. Add to that flavorless meat (lengua and tripe, I’m lookin’ at you), and you’ve got a meal that’s hard to salvage. Shrimp tacos are a safe bet, though still uninspiring.
Ay ay ay.
La Jaliscience - 1307 Yale Street at 13th in the Heights