Taqueria El Sabor

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  • 5/5 Star Rating.

Based on 4 Ratings

1636 South Mildred
Tacoma, WA 98465
(253) 565-0501

Credit Cards Accepted, Kid-Friendly, Take-out

The Review

Reviewed by: Jennifer Johnson

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Tacoma's newest Mexican restaurant serving taco-truck style fare opened quietly in mid-May across from Tacoma Community College. In the building that formerly housed Labor Works and Taco Bell, owner Pedro Gusman opened Taqueria El Sabor. El Sabor is an order-at-the-counter operation with a drive-thru. What differentiates the restaurant from other casual dining establishments is that you sit down after ordering and food is delivered to you.  

A lunch visit Friday with artist James Allan Tucker yielded very affordable lunch specials, including a $5.99 tamale and burrito platter with flavorful Spanish rice and cooked down beans, and the Caldo de Res for $7.99, a hearty meaty soup served with a large scoop of Spanish rice. How could we resist made-with-real-sugar bottled Coke a Cola (dubbed "Mexian Coke") nestled alongside Jarritos fruit-flavored sodas packed in ice at the counter? We dined on the tamale/burrito platter and orders of mulitas, akin to the quesadilla but without the smothering cheese. Generous amounts of fresh avocado, chopped white onion, fragrant cilantro and just a touch of mozzarella cheese acted as a blanket for tender lengua and chicken (you choose the meat). A salsa bar provides picked veggies and an array of extras for your meal. El Sabor has you covered. They even have fries and a simple cheese quesadilla for kids.

A cool interior and padded chairs made me want to linger after we literally cleared our plates.

This isn't fancy South American food like what's available over at Sixth & Pine. El Sabor offers simple, tasty food made by smiling people (we got head-nods and grins from the open kitchen while ordering at the counter), served quickly by kind ladies.

"Would you like more?" Yes, please.


User Reviews of Taqueria El Sabor (4)

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  • 5/5 Star Rating.

Walt W. said on Feb. 24, 2012 at 8:25pm

This restaurant was recommended by a coworker, and I am so glad I listened. I had the shredded beef enchilada and chile relleno combo. The chile relleno was the best one I've had in my life. All the food was muy bueno at the very least. The service was friendly and answered my questions with a smile. It was my first time here and will definitely not be my last.

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  • 5/5 Star Rating.

Kellie Scarponi said on Jul. 08, 2012 at 2:46pm

Excellent food.best beans ever.great portions

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  • 5/5 Star Rating.

Charlie said on Apr. 17, 2013 at 9:55am

Eaten here numerous times. Consistent food quality. Best Mexican food I have found in Tacoma. My favorite is the enchilada dish with fluffy rice and smooth beans. Order from the counter and they bring the food to you at your table. The only negative for me is that they do not serve beer. Fast efficient operation.

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  • 5/5 Star Rating.

Smeagle said on May. 13, 2013 at 11:38am

Awesome mexican food. Will slam dunk any chain Mexican restaurant that is completely Americanized

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