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Wednesday
May192010

Taqueria La Michoacana: Bridgeport's Top Taco?

Cinco de Mayo found my girls and I hankering for some Mexicano authenico.  While we couldn’t afford a flight south for the day, Taqueria La Michoacana was absolutamente the next best thing to being there.

Tucked away between a package store and a used car lot on Main Street in Bridgeport, Taqueria La Michoacana touts itself as “The Only 100% Mexican Taqueria.”  We walk into the spotless, 30-seat storefront and are immediately greeted by the sweet smell of garlic and the owner, Sergio.  While he refers to his wife, Rosa, in the kitchen, we don’t get to meet her until we insist on complimenting the chef on our way out.  Roles are clearly defined here, Sergio is front of the house, Rosa is the chef.

While I wait for a few more of my chicas before settling in, Sergio has me on my feet negotiating a huge map of Mexico that hangs on one wall of the taqueria.  He is from a small town in the Michoacan state, hence the name of the restaurant.  He and his wife have run this true Mom and Pop operation for the last seven years.  As the rest of our group rolls in, I return to the table to find a plate of warm frijoles with cotija, chips, lime wedges and a variety of sauces ranging from dark red to bright green. 

Let the fiesta begin.

The chips are fine, but mostly they just serve as a anchor for the exceedingly tasty dips.  The avocado cilantro sauce wows us all.  Our Texas native spicy gal falls hard for the hottest of red chili.  The salsa verde slowly disappears as well.  As we devour the apps, Sergio gives us the low down on the menu.

We opt for three tacos: asada, shrimp and chicken; three sopes: pork, chicken and sin carne (for our vegetarian); and Spicy Mexican Style Shrimp served with rice, lime and avocado. There are more exotic finds on the menu, lengua (tongue), cabeza (cow head) and Cesos (brains) but my crew isn’t feeling quite that adventurous. Maybe next time?

The tacos are covered in fresh chopped cilantro, which immediately gives them a thumb’s up.  The chicken and shrimp are standouts.  The chicken is moist and really well seasoned as are the shrimp.  A few whole grilled spring onions and peppers dress up the plate serving as a seasonal accompaniment.

Next up, the sopes.  These house-made masa patties are topped with generous amounts of chicken, pork or refried beans, shredded lettuce, tomato, onion and avocado and sprinkled with cotija. They look too pretty to eat, but alas, we must.  Though the sopes cakes are fried, they are not too greasy.  And they are sturdy enough to slice through and still hold their toppings for the journey from plate to mouth.  All three of these little treats are big winners.

Our final platillo, the shrimp, is spicy, sweet and satisfying.  It looks like it might be too hot, but the chili heat is balanced by tomatoes and garlic.   The shrimp is so well seasoned, in fact, that the rice, which we usually use to absorb some of the heat, sits uneaten.

Right about this time, Texas spicy girl pulls out a flask with tequila and plastic cups.  “It is cinco de mayo”, she reminds us.  The abundance of lime slices suddenly becomes very handy.  A round of the salt shaker, a quick toast and it’s onto dessert.

We can’t leave with out a quick bite of Rosa’s flan.  To our delight, it’s not cloyingly sweet and has a distinct carmel taste.  It is also very dense, so a bit or two is all we need.

Our check arrives and we are all smiles.  Not only is Tacqueria La Michoacana well-priced, but the check is accompanied by two-pack chiclets for each of us.  We leave Bridgeport swamped in memories of childhood vacations to Mexico and the call of children selling “chic-o-lets, chih-o-lets!” 

Taqueria La Michoacana is open daily.

Tacqueria La Michoacana 1914 Main Street, Bridgeport. 203. 572.0004

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They must have changed chef's or owners - menu sounds the same but low quality food. Very greasy, over cooked chicken and the Tacos pastor - burned the pork. Not impressed and the article should be taken down. May have been a bad day but I won't recommend

David

October 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDG

Agree with David. Not at all worth trying.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSueIsemanwestport

parece que la cocinera que estaba antes hacia muy bien la comida, pero ahora la duena y miembros de la familia se hacen cargo del negocio la comida es mala, muy grasosa, demasiado cocinada el dia de hoy fuimos a comer ahi y una torta de milanesa estaba al punto de quemar , le dijimos a la duena que ahora se encarga de la cocina por que nos cobraba la torta que no me gusto y estaba muy quemada, y esto respondio ese no es mi problema asi que como quien dice me la comia asi quemada o que si no detodas maneras me la cobraria , se porto muy mal con nosotros ya que anos atras la comida era exelente y clientes de anos , lo que mas me disgusto es que nos dijo la duena si no les gusta la comida no vuelvan asi de vulgar se porto con nosotros los clientes, para acavar mi rating del 1-10 les dare un (0) jamas volveremos ahi , y los que vallan ahi veran que tenemos la razon, que decepcion.

April 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergustavo

I dont know what these people are talking about.. the food is great!! Everything fresh and clean. Feels like a mexican grandma is cooking your meal. It definitely is the best you can find in Bridgeport. No questions asked. This is a family business and the customer service is not something to be complaining about. they know how to greet customers. Highly recommended.

May 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJacob

Definitely are the best tacos around!

February 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarlos

These tacos are the best. I feel like I'm sitting down at the plaza in Mexico eating them. The salsa bar is outstanding and has many varieties to chose from. Best around Fairfield county

August 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAna

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