Shari Goodman Tacos with Potato and Chorizo ($9.60)

Los tacos de Mauro

349 Dalhouise St.
613-562-9756

Rating: 3.5/5
Price range: $$
Reservations: Yes
Client negotiations: Yes
Lunch with co-workers: Yes
Social lunch: Yes
Quick solo lunch: Yes

The promise: 18 steps to taco heaven. After the climb, we were greeted with groups of tables hugging a dance floor. Los tacos de Mauro is a Mexican restaurant by day and a discotheque by night. Though bright, the view presented a parking lot across the street.

While we waited for our orders, we munched on salty, crispy tortilla chips. The creamy guacamole topped with shaved queso blanco cheese was dreamy and irresistible.

The soup of the day, which was a perfect purée of carrot, did nothing to excite my taste buds but was comforting with its warmth.

I ordered the tacos with potato and chorizo. Disappointed with the mush inside my homemade corn tortilla, I turned to the condiments on the side: raw onions, cilantro, red or green salsa and quarters of lime. The dreamy guacamole saved my dreary tacos from abandonment.

The result: 18 steps to guacamole heaven.

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