Nayar Taqueria. I went there. I ate tacos. And I liked it. But then again, I’ve never not liked a taco. And outside of a tire shop here and a strip club there, I’ve never not liked a new business on Foster (yet). So I’m biased.
But our readers aren’t.
So I’ll leave the reviews up to them. Matthew Nenninger and his wife recently ate at Nayar and offered the following:
“My wife and I just returned from the newest restaurant in FoPo – Nayar Taqueria. It’s in the space previously occupied by Ma Tona’s Salvadoran restaurant, at 5919 SE Foster Road. We’ve been anxiously awaiting their opening because they’re just around the corner from our house, and who doesn’t love an authentic Mexican taco?
“We were not disappointed on our first visit (of many more to come).
“The space is greatly improved (since the days of Ma Tona’s), and the owner and staff were very friendly and welcoming. You order at the counter, from a double-sided menu featuring tacos and burritos, as well as tortas, fajitas, tamales and more. There are even a few salads, some vegan and vegetarian choices, plus menu items for the kids.
“We ordered the two tamale plate (choosing one pork tamale and one with poblano peppers and cheese), and four tacos to try out – al pastor (marinated pork with pineapple, onions and cilantro), carnitas (braised pork with onions and cilantro), pollo (grilled chicken with pico de gallo), and chili verde (pork in tomatillo sauce with queso fresco and pico de gallo). The tamale plate came with re-fried black beans and rice.
“Other taco choices include picadillo (shredded beef), lengua (beef tongue), and machaca (shredded beef, egg scramble, sour cream and cheese). The burrito choices are similar, and burritos are made using a whole wheat flour tortilla, with black or pinto beans, Spanish rice, fresh guacamole and pico de gallo. You can get it smothered in sauce (red or green), with melted jack and cheddar cheese for an extra buck fifty.
“Everything we tried was delicious. The meats , which the owner said are all locally-sourced and hormone-free, were perfectly seasoned and prepared. I tried some of their hot sauce (sort of an orange color – habanero?) on my tacos and it was very tasty with quite a bit of heat to make it interesting.
“You can have a Mexican Coke, a Mexican beer, or a Mexican soft drink, and we were told there will be a full bar with a focus on margaritas and mojitos. A Happy Hour menu is also in the works. Looking forward to that!
“The restaurant has only just opened, so they’re still working out some kinks, training staff, and finishing off the decor, but they are open for business and serving up some great, authentic Mexican food.”