La Taqueria has been my default taco place for a while. Not many places make tacos as good as them, but a couple of friends mentioned that a place on Fraser and Kingsway churns out some amazing tacos too – that place is Sal y Limon! It’s in the same complex as Ba Le, which is a viet restaurant/bakery that makes some of the best Banh Mi in town. It’s both a blessing and a curse that they’re practically side-by-side – you have to make a choice on what you want! It doesn’t look like a hole in the wall kind of place, but it’s not particularly glamorous inside either. Some funky green paint, simple chairs and tables, and the smell of Mexican cuisine is what awaits inside. (Q: we learned never judge food by the interior design! But if it does look too shady and food safety is compromised…then that’s a no brainer)
There are a number of menus at the front. You pick one up and take your time looking through it. As a first timer at Sal y Limon, I also spent some time staring at their “menu” posted up on the wall. (Q: Until the lady at the cashier handed us menu, then we knew we were looking at the wrong place!) The photos and lack of descriptions doesn’t do the food much justice.
In contrast to La Taqueria, there are a lot more options at Sal y Limon. Q and I took the menus and sat down to glance over all options before deciding! You can see the menu here. You can tack on a combo to any order for $2.75, which includes a side and a drink. I’m a huge horchata fan, and Sal y Limon makes a really good horchata. I found it more cinnamon-y than the one at La Taqueria – that is good/bad depending on your personal tastes. I love it more cinnamon-y so it was great! (Q: stomach is not a fan of milk and i am not a fan of cinnamon…so this drink was all C’s to enjoy!)
For our side, we got some corn chips. Nice and crispy, perfect to go along with some guacamole (which Q was craving). Guacamole costs $2 – the portion is a bit small though. You can see it in the taco pic further below! (Q: AND THE GUACAMOLE HAS LOTS OF CILANTRO MIXED IN IT! T.T Definitely not worth the $2 for the portion though)
Q decided to go for a burrito. She ordered the Carne Asada Con Queso Burrito, which contains grilled beef with cheese, rice, and vegetables.
The burrito is pretty decently sized, and Q only managed to finish half. I took a bite, and man the beef is awesome. Super tender and flavourful! (Q: the burrito is indeed awesome! The beef is the best part about the burrito and I wish there was more of it. It looks small, but I only manage to eat half of it before feeling full. I packed the other half for lunch next day and it is even more delicious! I was glad to stop them before they put in the cilantro into the burrito otherwise it would’ve been a missed dish for me.) I wasn’t as hungry as I had a fairly large brunch, so I only (Q: ONLY THREE) had three tacos. The tacos are $2.25 each or $2.75 each if you order them with cheese. I had the Carne Asada (grilled beef), Chorizo (Mexican sausage), and Al Pastor (Marinated pork with pineapple).
Having taken a delicious bite out of Q’s Asada burrito, I was really anticipating digging into my Asada taco. I was a bit disappointed that the beef seemed tougher and thicken in the taco than in the burrito. Strange! La Taqueria wins on the Asada taco. The Al Pastor taco was delicious and I would put it fairly close to the Al Pastor that La Taqueria serves. Really moist pork, but does lack a bit of depth. Chorizo is a meat taco that Sal y Limon serves up that La Taqueria doesn’t have, and man this one is amazing. It’s become one of my favourite tacos (La Taqueria’s Carnita taco still holds #1), but the slight spiciness, saltiness, tenderness, and flavour of the Mexican sausage is fantastic. Highly recommend giving this taco a try.
Sal y Limon has even more sauces than La Taqueria – I really enjoyed the Chipotle and Avocado sauces. Diabla is really good, but that one packs a ton of heat! You’ve been warned! At work, we like to go out for lunch meals every other Wednesday. We actually went to Sal y Limon the next week after I mentioned the great tacos here.
In addition to getting the chorizo taco, I decided to try out the Pierna (slow roasted pulled pork), and Cordero Al Cilantro (lamb marinated in cilantro). If you love lamb and tacos, you must check it out! The pulled pork is really good too. These three tacos are my current favourites here! Parking is aplenty and the tacos get served up pretty quickly. This is definitely going to be one our new go-to lunch spots!