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I'm pretty sure something was indeed said about their kid. Like I said, not a defense, but the quote is below. And as for the previous posters question, many readers here have not had any of the aforementioned problems at Taqueria. I personally don't care about the lack of guac, and as I find the prices reasonable, I for one do not care if they have it. I am sure some people have had bad experiences at the place. I don't doubt it for a second, but this thread is taking on a very personal nature, and although the owners comment was unnecessary, this thread is overdone. Just don't go there, and leave a review on yelp and move on.


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Screw the food, the owners are the biggest DOUCHE BAGS in JC!!!! WTF, these people suck so screw them and their kid!

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Here's some honest questions for all you Taqueria lovers: if the "business model" is so good in Jersey City (i.e. pretentious / cheeky humor, no guac because it's not authentic, etc.), why is there a completely different model in NYC?

Could it be that the Jersey City location was merely nothing more than a market research ploy in order to see what works and what doesn't work in the NYC market? It's certainly possible, especially given the owner's most recent comments about the "class" of the clientele in Jersey City.

If this is indeed true (and this is nothing more than speculation at this point, but could wind up being true if Taqueria closes in the next ~3-6 months), would your viewpoint change at all? Or would it still be that great taco joint that "does so much for the neighborhood"?

Could this help explain to the naysayers (who have no idea how anyone could say anything bad about Taqueria) why a thread with 400 posts exists on the topic?


I think you're overthinking it. It's a $2.50 taco we're talking about and a damn good one at that. If you like it - go. Eat. But be prepared to wait sometimes because there are plenty of other people who like it too. If you don't like it, then don't go.

The 400 posts thing - probably 300+ come from 20 - 25 people. You can find a couple dozen people who hate anything. The passion and stamina of those 25 people is amazing, though.

But can we move on now? Isn't there a car parked eight feet from a crosswalk somewhere or a pile of dog poop where it ought not be?

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Not moving on until we get guacamole. Can I get that prepared table side or is that pushing it?

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Not moving on until we get guacamole. Can I get that prepared table side or is that pushing it?


What is this, Charritos? *Scoffs*

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"The guacamole is OUT OF CONTROL, among the best I've ever had."
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hahaha. Man, wish we could get that in JC.

"service is all smiles, and I've never been hurried"

"something casual and not too fussy"

"The most impressive thing about this place, besides the food, was the service. Our waiter was prompt and engaging. And when my mom and I started to have a moment, he did the unthinkable- left us alone! How many waiters do you know will wait to ask if we need another drink until the conversation is done? Very impressive."

"Service is excellent, great laid back vibe."


Wow. amazing. makes me wanna go there.


They probably have a playground for kids as well.

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I am not a big Guacamole fan -- but I like vegetarian options!

Skipping the personal crap -- what is the big deal about Guacamole one way or the other?

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A Quick History of Guacamole

The Aztecs invented it.

Seriously, that's it. When the Spaniards encountered the Aztec empire back in the 1500s, the locals were making a sauce called ahuaca-mulli, which means "avocado-mixture." The dish was prepared by mashing avocados, sometimes with tomatoes and onions. Sound familiar? Add a few hot peppers and a touch of cilantro, and you've got modern guac.

As the Spanish tended to do with all good ideas from the New World, they stole the best ideas from the natives and brought what they could back to Spain. Unfortunately for our friends in Europe, avocados don't grow particularly well in the Old World, making fresh guac the province of the Americas for the next several hundred years. Sailors and travelers ate various forms of the stuff, notably the English who made avocado paste, called it "midshipman's butter," and spread it on their hardtack.

The word "avocado" descends linguistically from the ancient Nahuatl (a dialect of ancient Aztec) word ahuacatl, meaning "testicles." Some language experts think that the conquistadors combined the Nahuatl with the Spanish "abogado" (lawyer) to make the present word for our favorite green fruit. So, when you're eating guac, you're chowing on mashed lawyer balls.

Most American avocados come from California, where there over 6,000 avocado groves dot the southern part of the state. Most of those avocados are of the Hass variety (Haas is a common misspelling); Florida avocados are larger, more fibrous, and taste worse, like everything from Florida. Outside the US, avocados are grown in Mexico, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Spain, Israeal, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Current US policy essentially forbids the importation of avocados from Mexico, driving up domestic prices and making it nearly impossible to get a decent avocado outside of California for less than two bucks.

Modern guacamole comes in many forms. In some taquerias, it's large chunks of barely-cut avocado, in others it's a paste with a lively mixture of tomatoes, onions, and cilantro. And in some unfortunate cases, it's a soupy liquid with equal parts avocado, water, and sour cream. At any rate, it's very difficult to improve on the recipe that the Aztecs pioneered hundreds of years ago.

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http://www.burritophile.com/articles/ ... -history-of-guacamole.php

http://www.google.com/search?sourceid ... UTF-8&q=history+Guacamole

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The funny thing is, guacamole IS a part of authentic Mexican cuisine. It might not be a part of authentic CALI-MEX (which Taqueria resembles the most), but it absolutely is a part of Mexican food. Regardless ... isn't "No guacamole" one of Taqueria's 10 Commandments? So does the LES location not have 10 commandments? Does it have only 9?

I am a big fan of the food at Taqueria. But the attitudes at the counter cause me to limit my visits to once every couple months or so.

I was actually the one who ressurected this thread, after having a slightly subpar experience the last time I was in there. The owners did not seem to be present. My cecina taco was really chewy/fatty, which I have never encountered at Taqueria.

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This is The Taco Truck...I can not for the life of me figure out why the owners at Taqueria would hijack our name....

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Because we were thetacotruck in jersey city when you were still in business school. (now this is getting good right?) Why would the_taco_truck hijack our thread? Anywho...so yes LES has chips and guac and a couple other things that come with having a full bar. (margaritas) Jersey City location will get these too as we are in the process of obtaining a full liq lic. here as well. We never said guac wasn't mexican, others said we said. We have been fortunate (actually fortune has nothing to do with it) that the response in NY has been stellar. But as someone has already pointed out, there really is nothing like the original. Peace.

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Because we were thetacotruck in jersey city when you were still in business school. (now this is getting good right?) Why would the_taco_truck hijack our thread? Anywho...so yes LES has chips and guac and a couple other things that come with having a full bar. (margaritas) Jersey City location will get these too as we are in the process of obtaining a full liq lic. here as well. We never said guac wasn't mexican, others said we said. We have been fortunate (actually fortune has nothing to do with it) that the response in NY has been stellar. But as someone has already pointed out, there really is nothing like the original. Peace.


S/He's Right.

"5. no tableside guacamole service. in fact, we don't even have guacamole."

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Because we were thetacotruck in jersey city when you were still in business school. (now this is getting good right?) Why would the_taco_truck hijack our thread? Anywho...so yes LES has chips and guac and a couple other things that come with having a full bar. (margaritas) Jersey City location will get these too as we are in the process of obtaining a full liq lic. here as well. We never said guac wasn't mexican, others said we said. We have been fortunate (actually fortune has nothing to do with it) that the response in NY has been stellar. But as someone has already pointed out, there really is nothing like the original. Peace.


I do see that you registered that name on 2005/9/14 so our apologies. For the record none of us went to business school but it was a good opportunity for you to insert a cutting remark. Good luck in NYC;)

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Thanks good luck to you too.

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Taco fight!

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This just made me hungry...I'm gonna go get some Taq right now...

By the way, The _Taco_Truck, you should go check out Taqueria some time, your tacos are a little dry and them shitz is too small...

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I hate the taqueria too. I hate them because the tacos they make are so much better than any around. I also hate them because the home made hotsauce is perfection and everything that comes out of the kitchen consistently top notch. Haters are bound to hate.
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Downtown JC without the taqueria could lead to a JC outbreak of sad taco-less taco enthusiasts. Who wants that?

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I had guacamole in Mexico so I just don't get that. Anyway, love the chicken soup.

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I would look for a major announcement/event about this on around October 21: http://bit.ly/oJ7RRF

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Because we were thetacotruck in jersey city when you were still in business school. (now this is getting good right?) Why would the_taco_truck hijack our thread? Anywho...so yes LES has chips and guac and a couple other things that come with having a full bar. (margaritas) Jersey City location will get these too as we are in the process of obtaining a full liq lic. here as well. We never said guac wasn't mexican, others said we said. We have been fortunate (actually fortune has nothing to do with it) that the response in NY has been stellar. But as someone has already pointed out, there really is nothing like the original. Peace.
Guacamole AND a full liquor license? ooh I'm excited.

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TheTacoTruck/ Taqueria owners:

SO I guess you are off your meds again and have gotten confused. Yesterday you stated that it was only a matter of time until you closed the JC location, " So don't worry, it's just a matter of time before we close the jersey store." And today you are not only not closing the JC location, but you are in the process of obtaining a liquor license? You have that kind of money and political pull? Liquor licenses don't grow on trees in JC.

"yes LES has chips and guac and a couple other things that come with having a full bar. (margaritas) Jersey City location will get these too as we are in the process of obtaining a full liq lic. here as well."

SO which is it mean angry person who needs to take an anger management class? You closing the JC location or are you staying open?

There was no need for you to be so mean and rude to the The_Taco_Truck poster. They made an honest mistake. I can't wait until you piss off the wrong person....bye bye mean nasty man.

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When Mike Piazza is enshrined in Cooperstown with an NY on his cap and not an LA and I come in for a taco will i be refused service? They seem to love LA to an extreme.

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SO I guess you are off your meds again and have gotten confused. Yesterday you stated that it was only a matter of time until you closed the JC location, " So don't worry, it's just a matter of time before we close the jersey store." And today you are not only not closing the JC location, but you are in the process of obtaining a liquor license? You have that kind of money and political pull? Liquor licenses don't grow on trees in JC.

"yes LES has chips and guac and a couple other things that come with having a full bar. (margaritas) Jersey City location will get these too as we are in the process of obtaining a full liq lic. here as well."




I'm sure when the Alcohol Control Board learns that they were selling beer without a liquor license, they will be at the front of the line for approval. I'm sure of it. That's the way it works. First you sell beer without a license and then you get a real license after that.

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Ian everytime that we come on here we see that you're "browsing" our thread. Why the obsession? What did we do to you? Was it that traumatizing????

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Yesterday you stated that it was only a matter of time until you closed the JC location, " So don't worry, it's just a matter of time before we close the jersey store." And today you are not only not closing the JC location, but you are in the process of obtaining a liquor license?


Texas raised a fair question, esp since you brought it up.

We go about once a month. No one was ever rude to us, although the first time I went I was expecting the insult guy from Monty Python after reading this thread. I just said it was my first time here and what's the process.

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this thread is so entertaining. i've been getting tacos from P&A since they had the cart parked outside the old sims carpets and never once have i had a negative experience - aside from Moby being a little overly friendly with my gf back in the day.

and btw - by mexico city street food standards, guac is not necessarily authentic

congrats on the baby btw!

also... just a little newsflash to ppl here - 99% of the staff that serves you in restaurants hates you. get over it.

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ianmac, you obviously hate this place & everyone associated with it and that's fine, no one begrudges you for feeling that way. we hear you loud & clear. but some of us enjoy going there as much as you dislike going there. so i guess we can keep discussing this for the rest of our lives but really, why would we want to? there's lots of places i hate, so i don't go there. end of story. this has gotten a bit weird/vindictive, no?

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I imagine ianmac to be like Olga from Hey Arnold! Publicly he hates Taqueria and wants to get them shut down, and obsesses every day with his complaints. But in his closet is a secret shrine to Taqueria with used paper plates, peanut butter candies, I <3 Pork Tacos stickers, and hair he’s found on the sidewalk outside. Every night he kneels in front of it, boxers around his ankles and a Taco Bell gordita in hand, crying the entire time.

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On the contrary, 99% of people who work in restaurants aren’t dickheads to the customers.

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also... just a little newsflash to ppl here - 99% of the staff that serves you in restaurants hates you. get over it.


Even if this is true, most owners would do a pretty good job of hiding it. I personally have never encountered anything remotely rude when I've been there. Everyone has been very nice. Which is why I'm a bit taken aback by the response of TheTacoTruck on this board. It's fine to defend yourself, but you just called your entire customer base "lower class" than that of NYC. I'm not sure how that's to be interpreted by the residents of this city who are the patrons of the restaurant.

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Both of them are a little over the top imo but a person is allowed to have their own opinion. And perhaps Taqueria's behavior is indicative of why some people really really hate them? All I have to say is, the guy needs to show a little humility, even if it's just an act. I've seen some abrupt behavior in the past at the restaurant, but I haven't been so offended that I would never go back. However, his postings on this board are really really offensive. Again, someone on this list called his kid a name, and he reacted by throwing all of his customers under the bus. That's low class if you ask me.

And btw, sometimes people log into JClist on whatever their device is, iphone, ipad, computer, laptop, and then walk away without closing their window so it looks like they are still browsing the thread. I know I've done it.

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And perhaps Taqueria's behavior is indicative of why some people really really hate them?


and we have a winner!

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