Category Archives: Restaurant Reviews

Review: Mr. Taco Loco 9/10

Well well well……did Fayetteville finally get an authentic tasting Mexican street taco joint?  I believe we have.  I have been to Mexico around seven times.  This pretty much makes me an expert 🙂 .  In all seriousness, though, I haven’t found anything else in this area that I would qualify as both authentic and also tasty.  Mr. Taco Loco does both.  They also have $0.99 Taco Tuesdays!!  Also, they are one of the dwindling list of Mexican places that still have the grande 36oz mugs of draft beer.

FOOD: 8/10

There are 8 types of meat you can get in your tacos here.  They come plain with just the meat and corn tortillas.  There is a small toppings and salsa bar that you can customize them to your liking.  I just like onions and salsa, but if your taste buds are defective, you’re welcome to put metallic bath soap aka cilantro on them as well.

I would rate their taco meats as follows:  Asada (Steak) 9/10, Pollo (Chicken) 6/10, Tinga (Chipotle Chicken) 8/10, Carnitas (Shredded Pork) 8/10, Pastor (Marinated Pork) 7/10, Chorizo 8/10, Barbacoa (Like a fatty flavorful beef roast) 9/10, Ground Beef 9/10.  The regular Pollo and Pastor was shitty the last time I had it.  The tamales are a 7/10.  Everything else is fantastic.  Their sides are top notch and cheap.  We will be trying many more of their menu items in the weeks to come and will report back.

Atmosphere: 8/10

It feels like you are teleported to downtown Cancun when you walk in.  You might think it looks a little unkept and dirty, but that is a very important staple in a good Mexican place.  If I don’t smell the mildew aroma, I know the place is a scam.  There are only two complaints I have that keep this place from getting a perfect 10 on atmosphere.

The place is small and cramped and they still put the cash register RIGHT FUCKING BY the front door when you walk in.  That means when you are standing in line to order, or trying to get in and out the front door, that you have to deal with a gaggle of people in your way.  Also, the servers are constantly carrying plates of food through this line.  Move that register somewhere else in the back.

My second complaint is that I would love to have real servers in this place instead of the aforementioned shittily placed cash register that you have to go back to and order every single time you want another beer or taco.

Price:  10/10

Cheap AF.  Great value.

Service:  10/10

Wonderful staff.  They are all very friendly and hard working.  Zero complaints here.

Overall FAPSO Score:  9/10

(Food, Atmosphere, Price, Service, Overall)

Review: A Taste of Thai 8.8/10

Since this is my first review of Fayetteville’s restaurant scene, I figured I would do a positive one on one of my favorite places to eat.  A Taste of Thai on the Fayetteville square is one of the most popular places to eat in town.  I’ve never been to Thailand, but if I ever get to go, this is what I hope the food tastes like.  When you order, they will ask you what level of spiciness you would like from 1-5 stars.  I will break that down for you based on my level of tolerance for spicy food. I like it hot, but not inedible.

1 Star doesn’t do shit.  2 Stars are basically no stars either.  3 Stars get you a little bit of heat, but will make you want more.  4 Stars are too fucking hot because they include raw jalopenos in addition to the Thai spices.  5 Stars are, well, …..LOL I’m not brave enough to try it.  I recommend getting 3 stars with a side of their Thai spices so that you can adjust the heat accordingly.

I will be rating all restaurants in Fayetteville with the following 1-10 Scale:  Food, Atmosphere, Price, Service, and Overall Score.  I’ll call that F.A.P.S.O. for short.  This is most accurate scale and rating system for restaurants that you have ever seen.  That I can tell you.

Shall we begin?

FOOD: 9/10

We have not had everything on the menu yet but here are some of our favorites:

Pork Dumplings (fried):  These are absolutely delicious and come with an amazing sauce to dip them in.  It is a big enough app for 2 people. Hell, I’ve made it my meal a couple times.

Tom Yum Soup:  This is my fiancee’s favorite.  She orders it every single time we visit.

#25 Thai Basil:  Get it with pork and you will not be disappointed.  Best dish on their menu.  Borderline Erotic!

#20 Pad See-Ew:  I personally think it is a little boring, but my fiancee LOVES it with pork.  Give it a try.

The coconut soup, Pad Thai, and curry are also favorites of ours.

There are many other things on the menu that are quite tasty, but since it is so large, it will take you awhile to get through everything.

Atmosphere: 6/10

I would give the atmosphere 10/10 if it were not for a couple of things that drive me insane (this does NOT include the filthy hipsters that frequent the place).  The decor is exactly what you would expect for an authentic Thai restaurant, so no issue here.  Their main dining room is tiny, cozy, and cramped.  No issue here except that if people are going to be sitting so close together, they could at least play some sort of music in the background so that you do not have to listen to everyone else’s conversations.  Especially the “very important business man is very important” type of tables.  I’d rather listen to a baby crying on an airplane for 3 hours.  I also very much dislike whispering across the table to my friends so as to not annoy the other tables in the place.  Oh, and if they are full in the main seating area, they have an overflow area down the hall that has even less ambient noise and is even more awkward.

Price:  10/10

The lunch portions are super filling and start at $8.50.  The dinner portions are around $11, are huge, and can be shared or you can take the leftovers home for another full meal the next day.  The only complaint I have is that we can’t help but order waaaaaay too many items from their menu since it is all so tasty.

Service:  10/10

Usually the same group of people day in and day out.  Outstanding service.  Fantastic staff!

Overall:  8.8/10