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La Taquizza: A Review

Tostadas and Tacos at La Taquizza

Tostadas and Tacos at La Taquizza

I’d like to start off by saying I’m no restaurant reviewer. In general, I like to describe my experience at a restaurant, or with a recipe, and let readers make up their own minds.

I’m making an exception here.

Hidden in a strip mall on the outskirts of the massive Vaughan Mills Shoping Centre is a small restaurant called La Taquizza (28-3175 Rutherford Road in Vaughan, 905-669-2277). Run by a family from Mexico’s Jalisco area, the faux stucco may not fool you into thinking you’ve traveled to hotter climes, but the authentic food surely will.

An accidental find, this gem even wowed one of the biggest critics of Mexican food I’ve met in the GTA, my sister, who has lived, studied and eaten her way through much of Mexico.

While you’ll find the traditional taco and burritos on the menu, you’ll also find spectacular, spicy soups that are not to be missed. And the serve yourself station of homemade salsas ensures every dish is as hot, or not, as you like it.

Our waiter (also the owner) may have been joking when he said his mother was in the kitchen, but I highly doubt it. The service may not be perfected yet (they seem eternally short-staffed), but it was genial and never left us waiting too long.

The food is fresh and tasty, and I’ll certainly be returning for another Sopa de Frijoles or Sopa Azteca and an order of Totopitas, homemade tortilla chips served with guacamole. Plus their Tres Leches (three milk) cake is to die for. Yum.

3 Comments

  1. So I actually lived for about a year in Guadalajara, Mexico which is located in the state of Jalisco. The family is also from the state of Jalisco and in fact, it is his mother in the kitchen.

    To add to this post I’ll mention a few things; firstly, I’ve been looking for authentic mexican tacos since I returned from my exchange, there’s nothing like the tacos you get off the street vendors (similar to the way we purchase street meat)… but everyone messes it up [in Canada] – they use sour cream and soupy ground meat and all things NOT mexican. At Taquizza the tacos de carnitas (pulled pork), al pastor (lamb), etc etc are to die for – don’t forget to visit the salsa bar for your must-have cilantro, lime, and any variation of salsa rojo, verde, pico de gallo, etc.

    The soups (sopa azteca is my favorite) are amazinggg!!! Variations of chicken broth with avocado, sliced tortillas, and various other additions with a hint of spice… i’ve been to this restaurant almost once a week since it opened :P…

    The nachos amanda’s talking about are called Totopes by the way – come served with an always fresh guacamole that has a great zing to it – comes from the lime addition :)

    The pastel de tres leches is also yes – incredible!! A goats milk infused sponge cake with home made whipping cream… soo flavorful and soo moist, delicious.

    Anyway I thought I had to contribute at least this much for this restaurant as it has officially become my favorite in Vaughan.

    Please go and support small business restaurants in your local area – remember: small businesses are the life of every city,

    Best always,
    J

  2. Thanks, I’ll try this one!

  3. Thoughtful and interesting, thank you. I was brought up in mexico but moved to england at such a young age I barely remember anything apart from the delicious food and kind people. I finally found some authentic mexican food if you want to have a look, I thought I’d share it with you!