|Chef Gabe at the helm (left)|
Funny story. A friend of mine was wanting to organize a surprise birthday party for his wife and asked me which caterer he should use — namely, tacos! I told him I’d never used one before but I’d look into it for him. I did some research and came up with a few places and I email them to him.
Weeks go by and I didn’t hear from him so I shoot off an email and asked if he hired a caterer for his wife’s birthday and he said “oh yeah, I went with Soho Taco, they were awesome, thank you”.
Fast forward to a Yelp elite event in October and Soho Taco was catering the event. As all Yelp events go, the line for food was long and I had no patience to wait for tacos. Some of my friends offered me one of their’s and I scarfed it down very quickly — yes hunger does that to you — and it was a seriously tasty taco, even though it was cold.
|portabello and veggie taco|
I thought about it for a while and now that I wasn’t about to keel over from hunger, I decided to go stand in line and after about 40 minutes, I finally got to the front of the line and was presented with a plate of 3 tacos — carne asada, carnitas and vegetarian. Condiments are set out for you to dress your taco any which way you wish and I immediately was hooked on the ‘green’ salsa which is predominantly made with jalapenos.
I’m no vegetarian, but out of the 3 tacos, the veggie definitely won me over. Meaty slices of portobello sits with onions, peppers to make for a taco unlike any other. These are the best veggie tacos you will ever eat! I promise you this!
Last month, I attended a customer appreciation event at BMW Crevier which Soho Taco was catering and managed to eat another 3 tacos there — this time, one of their specialty, cecina de res — thin strips of beef which has been aged and partially cured in salt.This Mexican delicacy is so tender and flavorful and makes for a perfect filling for absolutely delicious tacos. I asked about it but was told it was a fiercely guarded Zambrano (Chef Gabe Zambrano) family secret so I didn’t probe any further.
|carne asada, cecina de res, pollo tacos|
Last week I attended a preview at Proof Bar where Soho Taco was showcasing their tacos to potential customers and I was there like a lightening bolt. I must’ve been seriously hungry because I managed to eat 5 of their tacos, this time, besides the veggie, carnitas, cecina de res, I also sampled the mahi mahi and the shrimp tacos — both outstanding! In fact, I think those two might just be my absolute favorites, although, don’t quote me on that seeing I ate those two first and still managed to wolf down 3 others.
There are 3 sauces, one of which is guacamole style, avocado-based. The roasted red tomato salsa is tasty and will suit those who like a milder salsa. Pico de gallo is another option and uses ripe heirloom tomatoes when in season. However, the green salsa is my crack! It is very addictive and I found that it goes well on almost everything I’ve put it on.
|salsas and condiments|
I urge you to keep these guys on your radar because I predict HUGE things for them. Once the public gets a taste of these insanely delicious tacos, I fear it will become almost impossible for me to get to them as easily anymore.
Soho Taco is currently still a catering-only business, although word has it they are in the process of acquiring a food truck in the near future. Until then, you can follow them on Facebook or Twitter and find them at various events around town, some, open to the public. That’s how I stalk them for these delicious tacos!
>January 11th they are scheduled to be at OC Wine Mart's Taco Tuesday. I think its open to everyone event… I am soo looking forward to that event just to try SOHO TACOs!
Anita L says
>OH yeah, I am SOOOO there
>That's my brother-in- law…making great tasting food for everyone to enjoy.