Craving a tasty plate of tacos? Taqueria Guadalajara at the corner of Seventh and Pitkin in Grand Junction is the place to be. Not exactly a best-kept secret, Taqueria Guadalajara is usually buzzing with hungry customers ranging from construction workers to business professionals stopping by for a weekday lunch. With five tables inside and a couple of picnic tables outside, seating can often be at a premium. Fortunately, the food comes out fast and tables open up quickly.
Tacos at Taqueria Guadalajara are light, lively and flavorful. And at $1.50 each they are also a great deal. The tacos arrive flat and open-faced on snack-size corn tortillas. The tortillas are made on the premises, they are substantial yet tender, flavorful and moist and just solid enough to hold in the fillings to the last bite.
The choices for fillings are no-nonsense meat: asada, barbacoa, carnitas, buche, beef, lengua, and chicken. The barbacoa is beefy with a great depth of flavor. The carnitas have that perfect combination of salt and pork fat. The lengua, or tongue, when properly prepared, is one of the most tender and flavorful cuts you can eat.
Choose from garnishes that include traditional cilantro and onions or lettuce and tomato and cheese. The tables are set with salt and salsa verde.
In addition to tacos, the menu features burritos, chile relleno, quesadillas, tamales, and menudo on Saturdays. Beverages include the usual fountain drinks, bottled sodas from Mexico, and agua frescas (horchata, jamaica, and tamarindo).
Taqueria Guadalajara is open Monday–Friday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.