Cerdo Tacos + Tequila

Friday’s = time to try a new restaurant for lunch. Bonus, new lunch buddy! We decided to check out Cerdo Tacos + Tequila, sister restaurant to the uber popular Jack’s Burger Shack because Mexican options are few and far in between this oasis we call Edmonton. Okay, technically Cerdo’s is in St. Albert but come on, it’s pretty much the same.

We arrived around 12:15pm and the place was packed. We had to sit in the bar area but eventually were able to snag a table as the lunch rush slowly filed out. Man, I don’t know if this is normally the case but service was slooooow. Took forever for us to order and even longer to get our food. I don’t normally complain (that much) about service but we only ordered two dishes! Apparently 2-4pm is the time to go! $2.00 tacos (Tuesday to Thursday only). Sounds like a good deal to me.

Here’s a breakdown of their menu along with prices (starters, huevo bowls and tacos). Seriously, I really, really, REALLY don’t like when restaurant websites don’t list their prices.

Nachos ($13.50) with the Saltroom’s chorizo ($3.00)
Corn tortilla chips, jack cheese, tomato, green onion, jalapeno with sour cream and salsa as dipping sauces. The chips were crunchy and had that satisfying bite to it but the cheese could have used some better layering (it pretty much was all clumped into the middle). The jalapenos weren’t spicy at all but gave the dish some colour. We added some chorizo – a tad expensive for a few pieces of chorizo, although it was tasty. The nachos were decent but we felt like you could make these at home pretty easily. Factor in the price, it’s definitely overpriced for what it is.

Chicken al pastor ($9.00)
Guajillo marinated chicken, pineapple, cilantro and radish. The tacos come in pairs, topped with cabbage and onion and with your choice of either corn (gluten free) or flour tortillas. I don’t understand their choice of offering two tortillas over the standard three.

Given that, the tortillas were stuffed with a good amount of chicken. Cilantro was fresh. Pineapple was itty bitty pieces – a few small sliced pieces would have gave it a nice contrasting sweetness. The chicken wasn’t bad. Overall, the taco was missing something – a kick to it, a Mexican hot sauce or something like that would have helped. We didn’t see the hot sauce bottle until after we ate the whole taco though. Oops, our bad but they should have had something in it originally!

It’s nice to see a more diverse selection of food options available in St. Albert. I know they have mad love for chains over here so I applaud the owners for bringing something new and different. I will have to try a few more dishes to see if my opinion changes of Cerdo’s. As for now, decent spot but not my first choice in town when I’m craving Mexican food.

Cerdo Tacos + Tequila
http://www.cerdo.ca/
15 Perron Street
St. Albert, AB
(780) 459-0550

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