Tacos al Carbon
Name: Michael Shanley
Occupation: Family Needs Counselor
Lives In: Lake Worth
Restaurant Pick: Tacos al Carbon
Reviewed: Tacos al Carbon
The restaurant and taco truck is just off a very busy city corner in west Lake Worth. There is a Jiffy Lube and an Auto Junk Yard on the same corner. This isn’t the Ritz!!!! That’s part of the allure. Neighborhood eatery with charm and no AIRS about it. The service is always friendly and helpful. You can tell they take a lot of pride in their work. I ordered all my favorite tacos, Tacos de Carne Asada (grilled Steak), and desebrada (shredded Beef). I also tried Lengua (tonque). Some were in flour tortillas and some in corn tortillas. Both were good. The tonque had a different texture and the taste was just okay. My son had the Fajitas Combinadas with traditional rice and beans and also had a nice side salad. I also had yellow rice, and all the salsas are great. The green salsa (Salsa Verde) is my all-time favorite. I ended the evening with a piece of flan, always good. We always find that we have a doggie bag, and my other sons were happy for that.
Name: Stephanie Bennett
Occupation: University Professor
Lives In: West Palm Beach
Restaurant Pick: Oli’s Fashion Cuisine
Reviewed: Tacos al Carbon
The parking lot was packed when we arrived, yet there was still one table available in this tiny restaurant on Lake Worth Rd. The back of the restaurant had many tables with umbrellas for outdoor dining. Inside, the décor was decidedly Mexican family festive. There were streamers hung from wall to wall made with green, red, and white construction paper. The atmosphere was super-casual – picnic style – with paper plates, plastic forks, plastic menus the order of the day. On one wall was a painted mural of a bold and colorful cornucopia. Another wall had a mural of a Mexican city. The menu offered numerous types of burritos, tacos, flautas and tortas with everything from fish, white meat chicken, ground beef, steak, tongue, pork and shredded beef (barbaqoa). These could be ordered individually or as a dinner with rice and beans as accompaniment. I love black beans, but they only had frijoles – totally Mexican cuisine. The frijoles were excellent. In fact, they were the best frijoles I ever had! Our service was friendly and timely. No one kept us waiting or wanting for anything. The portions are big! I had to bring half my dinner home and couldn’t even take a bite of dessert. We took the tres leches home for a midnight snack. It was sweet and rich. I’d go back for ‘take out,’ but there wasn’t a thing appealing about the décor or atmosphere except the smiling, friendly wait staff.
Name: Erika Williams
Occupation: Manager Promotions and Marketing
Lives In: Coral Springs
Restaurant Pick: La Fontana
Reviewed: Tacos al Carbon
In Lake Worth, it’s worth the drive if you are out partying and need food quickly and nothing else is open. Apparently, we got there at the perfect time 6:30pm because once our food was served the dinner rush came in. I don’t know how they fit so many people into such a small place!!!! Service was good, we were waited on by two waitresses. The first waitress was super nice and very knowledgeable about the dishes. The second waitress was a bit rushed and busy, not as attentive; however, the restaurant was getting very busy so I completely understood. Portions were good. Cheese everywhere!
Appetizer: We had 3 tacos to start: the fried pork taco, the chicken taco and the steak taco. The fried pork taco was good. It’s a shredded pork taco, the pork was well-seasoned; this pork taco was good, simple, clean tasting. Chicken taco, I did not like. The chicken was not seasoned, it was pretty bad. The steak taco was OK…I’m just saying OK. It did not “wow” me. I had all tacos in a crispy shell. I wasn’t impressed with the taco shell. It was extremely thick. All in all, the tacos were OK…Good food if you are drunk and its 2 a.m. One good thing is that everything is covered with delicious cheese. I tried my friend’s sope which was so flavorful and it had layers and layers of goodness - ground meat, cheese, beans.
Entrée: I think it’s called Pork La Plancha…Fried pork platter with Rice, Refried Beans with cheese, avocado slices and some lettuce, onions, cilantro mix. This was incredible. Portions are so HUGE that I had enough to take back home to my son (who by the way devoured it and thought it was the best meal ever.) The beans were seasoned well and so was the rice. The rice was cooked to perfection.
Dessert: No desserts for us….we were entirely too full…want to go back to experience more.
Drink: Pineapple juice. Very sweet, had to dilute it with water….I can’t believe I actually think something was too sweet. It was good, but very sweet.
Overall: Cheap, inexpensive food. Perfect place to go after a night of partying, it is what it is. I’m going to give it another try. My friends said I ordered the wrong things. I’m going with a tour guide, flashlight, extra bag of gravel (for the parking lot) and some security next time. No seriously, I will give it a try again.
Location: 4420 Lake Worth Rd. Lake Worth, FL 33461
Type of Cuisine: Authentic Mexican food
Meals Served: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodations for Children: Yes