Nikki Tries Two Dozen Tacos and Lives to Talk About It: Judging the Arizona Taco Festival

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Cute sombrero but what about the taco?
So this is how the afternoon played out -- tacos passed around at the top of the hour, 20-30 minutes of eating and judging and then back out to the festival for more tequila-sipping and time-killing. I was full after round two, uncomfortable after round three and ready to shoot myself (and others) by round four. But I persevered until 3:45, when the seafood taco judging was over. Some people stayed on to judge guacamole and "anything goes." My stomach thought better of it.

What kills me about this process is the judging was so anonymous, we'll never really know if our favorite tacos were winners. . Based on the scores below, the brand new Milagro Grill swept the weekend. Owned by Ryan,Jaret, Brynn, Reed and Nana Johnson (members of the Macayo's family), Milagro's secret weapon is surely chef James Fox, who worked under Matt Carter at Zinc Bistro and The Mission.

I, for one, don't think I'll be interested in tacos for at least a month. But get this: festival organizer Dave Tyda was so tired and hungry when he closed down the event Saturday night that he swung into the drive-through at Taco Bell. Is that ironic or just a little sad?

Saturday's and Sunday's money-winners were:

OCTOBER 20

People's Choice: The Mission
GRAND CHAMPION: Milagro Grill
RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION: http://www.voiceplaces.com/la-hacienda-at-the-fairmont-phoenix-2557898-l/

Chicken Taco:
1st: Milagro Grill
2nd: Cien Agaves
3rd: Dos Gringos

Pork Taco:
1st: Milagro Grill
2nd: La Hacienda
3rd: El Palacio


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2 comments
montiradio
montiradio

WOW! I'm so HUNGRY right now! Will def have to check out Milagro and Palacio.

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