Gomez Salsa, the crowdfunded taco window in OTR, opened for lunch today. Andrew Gomez, who’s been serving tacos and salsa via catering for several years, opened his window next door to Half Cut on 12th Street.
The process is simple: choose your preparation (taco, “turtle shell”, which is a homemade version of a Taco Bell Crunchwrap, or bowl), then your filling (vegetarian options available) and then your choice of toppings. When my friend Kimberly and I wandered up to order our tacos, we inquired as to what to order, and the friendly employee suggested fish tacos with slaw, pineapple salsa and guacamole. I also ordered a chicken taco with salsa verde and cheese, both on flour tortillas. I may order corn tortillas next time — flour tortillas don’t do a lot for me — but I did enjoy the crispy, freshly-fried fish and the pineapple salsa which was made with fresh pineapples. The chicken taco was nice as well, though I’d prefer a little more spicy kick. Two tacos, chips, salsa (I chose the Gomez, which is a pico de gallo and quite mild) and a soda were $9. It’ll be a great spot at night when the bars let out– just order tacos and go, with little wait– and a good alternative to pizza-filled Main Street. There’s no seating, but I’m sure you could take your tacos into Half Cut and enjoy them with a beer. They are open from 11 AM to 2 PM, so it’s a quick lunch alternative too– it took us about 10 minutes to get our order.
Gomez Salsa is still available for catering– they specialize in a build-your-own taco bar– and you can also get pints of salsa to go for parties. It’s nice to see some more inexpensive options in OTR– a neighborhood that needs some inexpensive options as well as the high-end offerings that have recently opened.