Taco Tuesday at Tavo's
A few years before Tyler and I got married and bought our current home, Tyler lived with our friend from law school, Bryan, in the same neighborhood we live in now, Jacobus Park. We were all brand new to Wauwatosa (I lived in East Tosa up on North Ave) and were just beginning our foray into all the walkable restaurants and bars. I remember there was one place that we were all very intrigued by, but it took us a while to go into. Located right on Bluemound, it was almost like a strip mall storefront, and it looked so tiny we weren’t sure if we couldn’t see the whole building or if maybe it was just a take-out counter. We eventually went in and it had, no joke, six tables. But it had great mole and it felt like you belonged there if you had somehow made your way in there.
Back then it was called Quiote, but by the time we moved back to the neighborhood last year, there was a new resurant in the same tiny space. Tavo’s is the name - and making some of the best tacos in the Milwaukee area is their game.
This past Saturday, Tyler and I were craving tacos. We were tempted by the idea of going downtown for my favorite tacos in Milwaukee, Laughing Taco, but we really wanted to walk to lunch. It randomly popped into my head that we had seen good reviews, but had not tried Tavo’s yet, even though it was right in our hood, so we took a walk over there. It was still as tiny as ever, when we arrived. However, it left a big impression.
We were eating light, so we did not order an appetizer. We didn’t even get specialty drinks, though I did cave for a Pacifico (because what are tacos on a hot summer day without a good Mexican beer?!?). Once we ordered though, our waiter…the only waiter….the only employee I could see in the whole place brought us a complimentary nibble. It was kind of like a bruschetta with a black bean spread and it was the perfect start!
Soon thereafter, our food arrived. Tyler ordered a chicken tinga burrito and I ordered three a la carte items, a chicken tinga taco, an al pastor taco, and a chorizo sope. We were both incredibly impressed. Tyler’s burrito was huge, and we were both struck by the quality and flavor of the meats. We also noticed that, unlike many restaurants that lean on the small restaurant thing to keep things simple, Tavo’s chef seemed to take great care in plating and garnish. Everything tastes better when it looks pretty!
Like I said, the meat is incredibly well seasoned. I have had my fair share of chorizo at Mexican and Mexican inspired restaurants around here, and I am always bummed when they are devoid of spice to please the grand masses. Also, the sope! I love all things made of masa harina, and I was so pleased to see sopes on the menu as a fun a la carte option. While tacos always hit the spot, I love the variety on this menu! Again, we were eating light, but believe you me, I saw a churro dessert on the menu that I will be trying next time I am there.
I will absolutely be going back to Tavo’s, and I hope you all will swing by this tiny treasure in Wauwatosa!