Destination: Food... Chicharron tacos @ Tacos al Carbon
|The chicharron tacos at Tacos al Carbon are a thing of beauty.|
Each week on Destination: Food, Short Order pays tribute to the restaurants - dives and chichi joints alike - that serve South Florida's "go-to" meals. These are dishes that you think about when you're toiling at work; that you still taste in your mouth hours after you've finished them; that you'd be willing to drive for hours across this urban sprawl just to consume. Most of all, they're the eats that define the South Florida food scene. If you have a suggestion for our next Destination: Food, leave us a comment below.
Welcome to the first Destination: Food, everyone. We've got an oldie-but-a-goodie holding down the premier spot, the chicharron tacos at Lake Worth's Tacos al Carbon.
The soft, hand-made corn tortilla is piled with crispy, tubular chunks of deep-fried pig skin, then laced with onions, cilantro, and (upon request) a mound of tomato and fresh, Mexican cheese (queso fresco). How you eat it is your call - but I'm partial to getting the works, then pouring on a healthy enough slosh of al Carbon's spicy-as-hell orange salsa as to send my mouth into pleasurable shock. The crispy bits of pork rind are amazingly satisfying to bite through due to the hollow nature, like how breakfast cereal would be if it was made out of meat and served by the Gods. And they're perfectly fried without being greasy - and let's face it, a little grease after a midnight drinking binge never hurt nobody. Yup, these little puppies are emblematic of what makes honest, democratic Mexican "dining" so great: these artisan, working class cooks have taken the stuff the privileged of the world turn their nose up at, and transformed it, as if by magic, into eating at it's best. And wouldn't you know it, they're still thrilled as hell to share it with gringos like me.
|See that holy white light pouring out of the truck? That's what I imagine Heaven will look like.|