Before getting into today's selections, I'd like to clarify something about my mole scale. I noted yesterday that 1.0000 moles = the yumminess of a Tacodeli Mole Taco Chicken, but I didn't explain the lower end of the scale. I'd put most other fastish-but-not-fast-food taco restaurants in Austin around 0.3-0.5 moles. For those of you outside of Austin, your best Mexican restaurant might earn about 0.3 moles for their best tacos. Taco Bell is about 0.001 moles. Hopefully that will put things in better perspective. For example, yesterday's Tacolomo was a 0.6, which means it's only a little better than pretty much every other taco everywhere.
Speaking of tacos that are only a little bit awesome, today I was very excited to try the Guacasabi Tuna and Ceviche Yucatan tacos. Guacamole and wasabi, two of my favorite things, combined into one thing? And on a Tacodeli taco?? How could that not be amazing? Well, frankly, I didn't think it lived up to its name. It was definitely tuna-y, but there was very little guaca or sabi flavor. Sure, it had sliced avocados, but avocados alone do not guacamole make. I'd put it a little above Tacolomo but below Achiote Chicken, so that makes it 0.65 moles.
On the other hand, I didn't expect much out of the Ceviche Yucatan tacos. I've only had ceviche once before, and it was way too tart for my taste. Tacodeli's Ceviche Yucatan didn't fall into that same trap. Moreover, it actually had guacamole, not just avocados, making it even better. It was still only a 0.8, but I feared it might be much lower.
I also crossed two other things off the menu today: the Ceviche Yucatan as a side with chips (also 0.8 moles; I thought it'd take a hit for the lack of guacamole, but it held up on its own), and Chips & Salsa (Doña variety, only 0.75 moles but just because there are such better uses for the Tacodeli doña sauce; I'll go into that more in a later post).
- Guacasabi Tuna taco: 0.65 moles
- Ceviche Yucatan taco: 0.8 moles
- Ceviche Yucatan with chips: 0.8 moles
- Chips & Salsa (Doña): 0.75 moles
I probably won't make it to Tacodeli over the weekend... but we'll see. If not, I'll be back Monday to try El Picosito ("Succulent beef tenderloin in a chipotle sesame pipian with fresh avocado and queso fresco") and something else that is yet to be determined (El Picosito is the only special on Monday, so that means I'll be venturing out into the regular menu). Your suggestions are very welcome in the comments.