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Perfect tacos take out @SMOKEbbqtacos

19 Mar

Tacos are trendy in Pittsburgh right now.  I don’t mind trends.  Trends mean intense focus on quality and creativity.  How can you lose with that?

It’s probably a good thing that Smoke Taqueria is cash only.  I never have cash.  And if they took cards, I’d probably be getting tacos there every single day.

On Friday night, like most Friday nights, Mr. Beez and I were beat.  The idea of cooking dinner was just too much.  Even mac & cheese was too much effort.  Tacos from Smoke were perfect.

If I had the self-restraint of a normal person, two tacos would have been more than enough to fill my belly.  I, however, have no such thing.  Three tacos it must be!  I had the wagyu brisket, the roast pork, and the chicken and apple.  The tortillas are pillowy and the meat juicy and flavorful. Each of them were divine.  Mr. Beez also had the wagyu brisket and roast pork, but for his third taco opted for the lamb taco on special for the evening.  That taco had gyro-style toppings, but the meat was chunks of lamb (instead of gyro mystery meat).  I didn’t pick it because I assumed that the lamb would be gyro style.  When I learned that it was actually chunks of meat, I was very jealous of his meal choice.

Smoke has a pretty small dining room.  Due to the uncertainty of dining space and our banshee of a toddler, we always opt for take out.  Smoke makes everything fresh, so that can mean a wait.  It is worthwhile to call in ahead of time, instead of having to wait around in the dining room.  Their menu isn’t available online, but they will email it to you if you call. Go for it!

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Aseoma in Squirrel Hill

26 Nov

Pittsburgh’s starting to finally get moving with food trucks, but our street food culture has a long way to go. Casual eats in this city aren’t nearly as creative or daring as ones offered in Los Angeles, Vancouver, or NYC. Aseoma seeks to shake up Pittsburgh’s street food scene, by offering Latin/Korean fusion type meals.

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On one of many tired and hungry nights, we selected Aseoma for take out. I loved that I was able to place my order online. I really do not like talking on the phone, and I’m much happier being able to place my order on the internet.  Because we have a little one, we tend to eat early.  I stopped by to pick up our meal around 6pm.  I was disappointed to see that at that point the dining room was empty.  I didn’t know what kind of ambiance to expect from the fairly boring storefront, but it is really cool and stylish in there.  I’m not 100% on this, but I think it is BYOB.  It seemed like a nice little joint to have a fun evening out with some friends.

I ordered the Fire Beef tacos.  I have a VERY low tolerance for spicy foods, and these were just spicy enough to be flavorful.  The heat did not overwhelm the dish.  The tacos came with a few french fries on the side, which didn’t seem necessary for the meal.  My kid was happy to gobble them down, though…she loves fries!  I also had the bacon kimchi fried rice, which was a tasty twist on an old reliable favorite.

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I like that Aseoma has predictable offerings like pho, and also more unpredictable/unique fare. I thought Aseoma was simply awesome, and I hope that the empty dining room when I stopped by is a function of timing. It would be a shame if Aseoma’s tasty food went unacknowledged.  We’re keeping Aseoma on the short list for our quick-inner needs!
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Smoke in Homestead (fancy taco joint. YUM.)

31 May

I have a special place in my heart for Reyna’s tacos, but with all the buzz about Smoke in Homestead, and with it just being a short roll down the hill from my house, we had to try it out. Smoke is the taco joint for people who are serious about slow cooked meat. I still like Reyna’s better, because I prefer sour cream, queso fresco, and lime on my tacos. Tacos at Smoke, however, are generously portioned and focus on the meat over the toppings.

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The tacos are priced between $4-6. Smoke is cash only, and we actually ha to get more money out of the ATM, because the $30 I brought for this take out dinner for 3 wasn’t enough. Granted Mr. Beez and I each ordered 3 tacos, and we got mac & cheese for the little one, so we got a LOT of food, but it was a little pricier than I had estimated for a taco place. The tacos are large, and 3 tacos each was MUCH more than appropriate for dinner. We should have just gotten 2 each, but we were feeling gluttonous.

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I ordered the Wagyu brisket, the pork, and the chorizo. Each of them have a kick of spice. They were a little spicier than I’m used to (I usually order a spice level of “2 out of 10” when there is an option) but not so spicy as to be distracting. The tortillas were homemade and fluffy and delicious. Yummm homemade tortillas. There’s nothing like them. My favorite of the tacos was the pork. Each of the meats had vibrant flavor, but the pork was so succulent and flavorful. Although the Wagyu brisket was full of flavor, it was also a little dry. The chorizo tacos were also delicious. But those other two just didn’t compare to the slow cooked pork.

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Smoke is BYOB, and there are tables and a bar area for dining in, but there aren’t that many tables and they’re somewhat awkwardly positioned. With ample on street parking, and plenty of outdoor dining options a short distance away (Schenley Park! Frick Park!) take out is a great option.

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