Several months ago I heard about this new place that had opened up in my hometown of Greensboro, North Carolina called “Crafted-The Art of the Taco.” Seriously. They made a whole restaurant out of nothing but tacos. It was like they put a needle in my arm and drew out the marrow from my bones, and created a little restaurant out of the Essence of Erika. And ya’ll, these tacos are FOR REALS. I can’t even believe a place like this exists…… you’ll just have to visit their website to check it out. They claim, “Not a Mexican restaurant, just a taco joint.”
I got to go there last week (could it have really been only four days ago???), and this is the story (which will live in my heart for a really long time, until I can get home again.)
The menu is short and sweet: pretty much anything I’d ever want to eat in my whole life, and nothing more and nothing less. Appetizers included the Stuffed Avocado which was amazing. Literally half a soft avocado topped with chorizo, queso, pico, and fresh fried tortilla chips. FULL STOP.
Also, the “Mason of Bacon” was like some kind of triumphant blaze of glory. I could hardly believe it. Although the BEST pieces were the ones that were really, really, well done. Otherwise the salted caramel got extremely chewy and stuck in your teeth. But still!!! Bacon, salted caramel, black pepper, and a spicy chocolate dip! Slap your grannie kind of stuff.
My official entree was the traditional tacos with braised beef: with shaved radish, cilantro, avocado spread, and onions with lime wedges. Truly, truly authentic and special. Totally reminded me of the gorgeous traditional tacos at El Rincon.
Well, the whole thing kinda brought a tear to my eye. Amazing menu, swoony artisanal, authentic kind of food, and decor like they were IN MY HEAD: corrugated metal, avocado green walls, chalkboards…… sigh. I will be back as soon as I can!!