If it's Tuesday, it must be taco time
Now hear this, all tacos are $1. Sold? Of course, you are. You read the papers, errr, whatever it is people are reading these days to get their daily allowance of newsformation.
Where? The Iguana Mexican Grill, 9 NW 9 St.
The original Iguana Lounge on Western was one of my favorite haunts during the 1990s. The brainchild of Kurt Fleischfresser and Chris Lower, who did all the heavy lifting to lay the foundation for the culinary landscape we now dip our forks into.
The food was good, the drinks were great, the atmosphere was priceless.
Then along came a little concept called Mango that split the personality. An already old building became downright decrepit and suddenly all the assorted lizards painted in and out of the space were living in a haunted house. The old sign still stands as the Haynes brothers feverishly work to refurbish the old spot next door to Hideaway into a concept their not quite ready to divulge.
In the summer of 2008, Steve Mason drew Robert Painter, who managed at the original, and chef Ryan Parrott to breathe life into the Iguana concept in an unlikely space just east of Automobile Alley.
The new spot exceeds the original in atmosphere. The regular menu drew inspiration from the original with a few new flourishes.
But the big enchilada has turned out to be Taco Tuesday.
With Parrott’s unparalleled skill as Grand Pooba of OKC’s social media society, Friday night comes three nights early every week.
And the tacos are the real deal. Parrott offers basic beefs and chickens for the palate-meek, there’s also fish and occasionally he’ll toss some cheek meat or tongue into the mix.
Parrott, like most late-working chefs, long ago found inspiration in the taco vendors on the city’s south side, who peddle their goods to the verge of dawn and do it with simple fillings and killer salsas.
While Big Truck Tacos is fusing gourmet techniques into gringo-friendly portions, Parrott’s intacrotations are an even true homage to the humble street taco: small, cheap and tasty.
Both are delicious and welcome additions to the Oklahoma City food scene. Pass the coralsnake salsa, por favor. Oh, and the roasted vegetables are the best side on the menu. They mix perfectly with literally everything.
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