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Parkdale for Tacos? Interesting right? Well, Grand Electric opened up earlier this year to bring another option to the taco scene to Toronto. But wait, Parkdale for tacos… and there’s a wait, hmm? The reason behind all this is Chef Colin Tooke. He is famously known for being a part of The Black Hoof and decided to partner up with Ian McGrenaghan to open this new venture called, Grand Electric. If you haven’t noticed it yet, 2012 appears to be the year of the TACO. Yup, from pop-ups to restos, food trucks to even at home inspirations… taco taco taco is what appears to be the theme.
1330 Queen Street W
Toronto, ON M6K 1L4
Went earlier this year with my good friend Viviana who is known also as Foodies Inc to give it a go. They open at 6 and the lines started building at 5:30. By 5:45, if you’re not in line.. you would have missed the first seating of the night. Yup, it’s that insane. We started off with the Guacamole & Chips, and were told this can’t be missed. I would have to say that the guacamole was quite fresh, but I didn’t find anything too special about this. I wouldn’t order this again.
But what’s really known here are the tacos. And yes, there are few particular tacos that you should definitely try when you come here. The two I would recommend are the Baja Fish Tacos and Pork Belly Al Pastor and here’s why. The Baja Fish Tacos were perfectly battered and freshly deep fried giving each bite a nice light crunch. Even with it being a soft taco, this gave it a nice texture that I thought was needed. And no weird seafood smell or aftertaste, fresh and simply well done. And after all this… did I say it was a healthy portion, Winning. Viviana felt this was the best taco of the night.
Now onto the Port Belly Al Pastor, I was actually hesitant to order this. Don’t get me wrong, I love Pork Belly. But felt Pork Belly was appearing just about everywhere on all menus of late in Toronto. But they’re known for it, so I have to order it right? ….I’m glad I did. The taco was savoury and even though I’m not a huge fan of pineapple (don’t know, I’m weird I guess) everything worked. It’s a little messy but it was good and may I say, even a little addictive?
I would say the last few tacos we had weren’t a favourite of mine. Viviana and I both had the Beef Cheek Taco which I thought was a little sweet and the guacamole was really fresh, it was good, but.. not as good as the first two that was mentioned. I also ordered the Spicy Arbol Chicken and the Pork Barbacoa which I thought both tacos didn’t stand out. The Tuna Ceviche had a lot of mayo which to us overwhelmed the fish and the taco as a whole. This took away all the other flavours leaving us just a messy taco without any purpose to it.
Overall, Grand Electric isn’t a bad place to visit. At $3.50 a taco, it’s pretty reasonable priced. However, both Viviana and I felt the music was just a little too loud. We basically were almost yelling at one another throughout the whole night in order to talk. As well, it can be tight at times for seating which can change the vibe of the place quite quickly. And yes, the wait times can also be pretty nuts. So anyone who just had a long day and wanna have some great tacos, your day might just be a little longer before finally being able to unwind. But when you do, you’ll enjoy the two recommended tacos, the Baja Fish Taco and the Pork Belly Al Pastor. =)
The Damage: $64.41 after tax