I searched high and low for the best tacos in the area. After running around all over town, I now present to you my two new favorite places for tacos.
Mula – Trendy Tacos
I went to Mula with my husband and a couple of friends, each of us resolved to try different tacos so we could compare notes.
One of the first things we decided to order was Mula’s yucca fries which are served with a tomatillo ketchup. In a word, this was “delish.” They are crispier than regular fries and not greasy at all. These are authentically prepared according to one of my friends who recently returned from a trip to Peru where he had yucca fries prepared in a pretty similar fashion.
The tomatillo ketchup was light but had a hint of spice to it. It proved to be a perfect accompaniment to the fries.
Other hits included the fresh homemade guacamole, prepared to order once you decide whether you want the house version or one of three other choices. The chips served with the guacamole were obviously homemade. They stood up to the guacamole well, not breaking under the pressure and had lots of salt which was great for us!
The tacos at Mula are on the smaller side, so it is best to order about three in order to get your fill, but with so many different options for fillings, the nice thing is you can try lots of different flavors. All tacos are served in a soft, corn tortilla.
On to the top tacos of the evening:
Jackfruit al Pastor – My friend said this one was very spicy but had sweetness to it as well as a meaty quality. It is totally vegetarian and quite delicious.
Chicken Tinga – This one had a nice spiciness balanced well with avocado and cotija cheese.
Machaca – My other pal said this taco was tender with a melt in your mouth dark, intense flavor.
Carnitas – According to my husband, braising the pork in the Coke gave this taco a subtle sweetness.
The tacos are served on small silver platters with handles and the rest of the dishes are funky and mismatched. The whole vibe of Mula is fun and fabulous, but not fussy. It’s a great place to spend a happy hour or a whole evening.
Mula, 3932 Farnam Street, Omaha, 402.315.9051
Voodoo Taco – Tacos with a Twist
I had seen a Voodoo Taco location at the Gretna Outlet Mall but couldn’t get in the day I went there because it was far too busy. Though I was bummed, I was elated to find out there was a second location out west.
On a recent Sunday night, my husband and I decided to check it out. It was surprisingly busy for a Sunday, but the location at 90th and Fort has tons of seating including booths, tables and bar stools. At Voodoo Taco you order at the counter, grab a number and they bring your tacos to your table.
The vibe is bright as the walls are painted red and there are tons of different voodoo dolls adorning the walls. It’s more cute than creepy.
Taco choices range from the everyday chicken and steak fajita to the more exotic alligator and Korean short ribs.
After checking out the menu a little bit ahead of time, my husband chose a fried chicken taco and a breakfast taco. I selected the fried avocado taco and the mahi mahi taco.
We also decided to order chips and salsa to have something to nibble on prior to our meal.
The chips were a delightful surprise as they were sprinkled with a wonderful spicy and flavored salt. They were delectable enough to eat on their own without any dip at all. The salsa was a nice complement to the heat of the chips. It was slightly sweet with just a hint of peach flavor.
By far, my husband was most impressed with the breakfast taco with brisket. Voodoo Taco offers the choice of brisket, jalapeno cured bacon or chorizo for the breakfast taco, and all the tacos are served in a homemade flour tortilla.
The breakfast taco had eggs, cheese and brisket. He loved the brisket and said it was the star of the taco. It was plentiful and tender.
For me, I loved the avocado taco the best. It was juicy thanks to the beer batter and had flavorful cotija cheese and cabbage on it. The mahi mahi was ample and nicely grilled. That taco was also tasty. But the avocado taco edges out the fish mainly because it was juicier.
Voodoo Taco is a place we will definitely go back to. Two tacos with an appetizer like chips and salsa or a side like beans and rice is definitely enough to fill you up.
The place is casual and can easily accommodate large as well as small groups of people. And with 15 varieties of taco, some of which are vegetarian, you can please nearly every taste!
Voodoo Taco, 90th and Fort, Omaha, 402.614.4430