Taco Street Fight: Tacos Atoyac vs. Gallo Blanco

Heather Hoch
Tacos Atoyac and Gallo Blanco duke it out for the taco crown.
How could any one food be more simple and perfect than the street taco? Marinated meat with some sort of veg and salsa, all wrapped up in a warm corn tortilla or two, and there you have it. Though we typically can chow down on only about three of these little babies at a time, we wish we had the space in our stomachs for every taco option served up at our favorite street taco joints, Gallo Blanco and Tacos Atoyac. However, because we don't, only one of these taco virtuosos can be the king of the streets.

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Heather Hoch
Tacos Atoyac serves simple street tacos straight up.
In This Corner: Tacos Atoyac

The Setup: Walking into the small taco shack off of 19th and Glendale avenues feels like being transported to Mexico. With plain folding chairs and tables, it's definitely not a classy setup. The unassuming, no-frills taco stand doesn't look like much, but it's the food you're going for.

The Good: No matter what you order at Tacos Atoyac, you're probably going to want seconds. That's not because the servings are skimpy, but because the food is outstanding and authentic. The service is fast and friendly, even during rushes. The guac and verde and rojo salsas all add something extra to your street tacos, spicing up the standard or unique options like carne asada, cabeza, and camaron.

The Bad: Although keeping oodles of superfluous toppings off of the tacos really lets you taste the meat, the simple protein plus cabbage plus tortilla combo of their tacos could be livened up by adding something more than the roasted onions and chiles on the side. Maybe a toss of crema with the cabbage would make the tacos more moist in general.

Location Info

Tacos Atoyac - CLOSED

1830 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Gallo Blanco Cafe

401 W. Clarendon Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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Henri Ng
Henri Ng

what about the upcoming taco war on gilbert road btw joyride and so cal fish taco company?


You're hedging on the final verdict, Heather. You gave Gallo the obvious nod for ambiance and periphery, and clearly crowned Atoyac on comestible considerations, but unless you're suggesting getting Atoyac's tacos to go and enjoying them at Gallo, you've copped-out on making the winning call. All things considered, let's hear it.

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