A number of misfires by Izzoz Tacos keeps the South First Street trailer from being a contender in the crowded field of first rate carne guisada purveyors.
1. No homemade tortillas. At least they make a decent enough, reach-into-a- plastic-bag-and-just-sort-of-call-it-a-day, effort and use El Milagro brand but for the outlandish tariff of $3.25 cents per taco, homemade deliciousness should be accorded the patrons. I’m admittedly spoiled by eating $1.50 tacos all over town where the tortilla, the salsa and everything in between is made from scratch and per order.
2. Carne Guisada is best served piping hot. I receive my taco, walk 50 feet to my Econoline and begin to feast. My taco is barely warm. While there are tacos that can be enjoyed at this temperature Carne Guisada is not one of them.
3. The first bite of a taco sets the stage for your enjoyment. Unfortunately my first bite is gristle. Beef stew meat is the typical protein for carne guisada and it is filled with extremely tough bits of non-edible meat. A talented cook does not let these nasty bits reach the customer’s palate.
There are some saving graces to Izzoz however.
The staff are extremely friendly. My order is taken by a woman who has the appearance of being happy to see a hungry patron. My taco is delivered by a man who’s gracious demeanor is pleasing. He seems to like his work and urges me to come back and enjoy more tacos in the future.
This sort of customer/patron interaction is rare in Austin these days so this is much appreciated.
The salsa is incredible. A delicious, smoky, fiery romp through a talented cooks’ kitchen. One of the better sauces I’ve eaten on a taco in some time.
While it’s fun to debate the endless components of what makes a taco worth your time, at the end of the day only one thing matters; How does it taste?
Taken as an aggregate, Izzoz unfortunately fails in this all important category.
1207 S 1st St
About the Stars:
4 **** Extraordinary, life changing
3 *** Excellent
2 * Very good
1 * Good
0 * Mediocre to Acceptable
Quality, price, service and ambiance are all taken into account when rating