The Raves & Faves tour is kicking off in Las Vegas, and we just had to try a local favorite first. Here’s a quick tease of what you’ll find from our restaurant tour, sponsored by U.S. Foodservice. Features will include video clips and more, so keep checking to see what’s new!
A quick survey of several Vegas locals (â€˜so, where do YOU eat in Vegasâ€™) ended up with Pink Taco on each list. So, that’s where we went. Be prepared for anything.
Like many highly rated restaurants in Vegas, it is in a hotel/casino; in this case, the Hard Rock. The Pink Taco is one of several restaurants located insideâ€”just walk around the perimeter of the casino, past the Carlos Santana memorabilia, and into a place where Tijuana meets Vegas.
The restaurant itself has a center bar, where, in Vegas, you can play electronic poker. Otherwise, the dÃ©cor includes low-rider bicycles and plenty of tacky tchotchkes. Don’t expect a quiet getawayâ€”it is noisy, fun, and somewhat random (like, what’s with the hockey game on the flat screen?). On nice days, be sure to ask for a seat in the outdoor patio.
You’ll start with the usual complimentary chips—but these are fresh and thick, plus three versions of salsa: a tomatillo salsa verde (green), a salsa charro (black), and a mild red.
Since we judge any Mexican restaurant by the quality of its guacamole, of course we had to try an order of that. Their claim to â€˜fresh dailyâ€™ was obviously trueâ€”and a bit in-your-face with the washed seed floating in the middle. It was smooth and full of avocado flavor, not weighted down with anything other than a touch of red onion. Other nice appetizer choices include the Ceviche Campechana, with shrimp, scallops and whitefish, or, do as we did and share an order of Chicken Nachos, made with black beans for something out of the ordinary.
Our server told us they were known for their flour tortillas, so we ordered the Carne Asada Tacos ($11.50), at the top of the list for the homemade specialty. While pretty standard fare, it was tasty and plentiful to the point where we couldn’t eat the third oneâ€”lots of nice chunks of meat. She also recommended the Sabana de Pollo with Chimichurri, described as â€˜paper thin seared chicken breast topped with beans, melted cheese, grilled onions and Serrano chile.â€™ Maybe next time.
For the full experience, order the Panuchos, or Pink Taco. These are â€˜corn tortillas stuffed with black beans and topped with grilled chicken, salsa Arbol, pickled onions and avocado,â€™ served with rice and beans ($9.75). Yes, pickled onions. We had to try just one, since the restaurant claims its name from the original concept. The onions were, indeed, pink, and added a pungent, crisp and smoky flavor to the taco that contrasted nicely with the meat. No matter what, you’ll leave talking about it.
They offer signature margaritas, drinks such as the Pink Taco Martini and the Pink Bull, as well as tequila flights.
For hours, menu and prices, check out the â€˜Pink Tacoâ€™:http://www.pinktaco.com website.
This gives you a “taste” of our Vegas restaurant tour. Come back for more—and watch for the launch of the new iRaves.com with even more!