If you are a fan of Mexican food, surely you know about Taco Sombrero on U.S. 49 in Gulfport.
It is a long trek, though, if, like me, you live in Biloxi, but those days are over now that a second Taco Sombrero has opened on Pass Road in Biloxi.
It's the same great food, made fresh. Look for house-made chili sauces (I loved the chipotle chili sauce, smoky and delicious), refried beans, guacamole and even the hot sauces.
If you need a testament to how good this place is, then arrive about noon, and you will be waiting for a table. But don't worry, the service is fast. I did arrive at noon, waited just a few minutes for a table, ordered and got my meal within 10 minutes.
We started with the chips and nacho cheese ($2.49). Yes, I know that ubiquitous sauce has a bad rep, and food snobs everywhere are turning up their collective noses, but theya add a little fresh chopped tomato, maybe a jalapeño or two. You will just love it.
Two tacos were next on our list ($1.29 each), one beef and one chicken. Both were bursting with flavor, and after adding a few big scoops of that fresh-made guacamole, they were nothing short of killer good.
It was also hard to resist a soft taco filled with beef, lots of lettuce and cheese, and again it was only $1.49. The prices at this place are simply amazing.
A quick look at the menu and a few suggestions from a server informed us that the most popular items were the taco burger ($1.84), filled with chili sauce, beef, onions and lettuce, the Mexican pizza ($3.39), which was made from two crispy tortillas and covered with beans, chili sauce, meat, pizza sauce, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, black olives and chives. Normally, I would not be tempted by that sort of hybrid, but this one looked great.
The menu is medium-level extensive, meaning there is plenty from which to choose, but for a first trip sticking to the basics proved to have been a good choice for us. The dinners also looked inviting and that may be our choice next time.
One feature that impressed was the fresh salsa bar where you can help yourself to sauces, fresh-chopped tomatoes and much more.
Taco Sombrero is a fast-food format, but that is what works for its menu, style and location. Really good food, served quickly and at inexpensive prices. It does get crowded, so plan accordingly.
If you don't want the hustle and bustle, come early or later. The hours are convenient, and the location is centralized and perfect.