If you want a taco on Okinawa, this is the place to go!
Slow jazz relaxes patrons in a dimly lit lounge with abstract and tribal art pieces covering every wall. What may sound like another local coffee shop is a restaurant for Mexican cuisine.
Well, actually, just tacos.
Located only a few feet outside Camp Foster, Tacos Mexico serves one of the best foods on the island. With no menu or food choices, the restaurant is uniquely impressive in its ability to keep me coming back for the one item they do serve.
When you first walk inside, a woman comes out from the kitchen and asks how many plates of tacos you want. Ordering more than one plate may seem borderline gluttonous, especially considering that each plate comes with four tacos, but the tacos are quite small – priced at 500 yen a plate ($5).
As for seating, there is never a need to wait. The restaurant is rarely overwhelmed with customers. Occasionally, there will be a few people waiting by the kitchen. Like everyone, they came for the tacos, but they ordered to-go.
The drink department is a self-serving ordeal. In the back there is a small glass refrigerator with choices of soft drinks, water and Orion beer. Water is free, soft drinks are 150 yen ($1.50) and beer is 400 yen ($4)
What the restaurant lacks in culinary diversity, it makes up for in the quality of its only food option. The tacos are grouped in fours but they are only around four inches in length, about the size of an IPhone. The tacos are simple, too, adorned with only ground beef, cheese, chopped lettuce, tomatoes, and salsa. And you don’t have to wait to chow down. Your order will be ready in five minutes.
The environment of Tacos Mexico does not reflect its food at all. The design is an odd concoction of art, books, newspaper clippings and American memorabilia from the 1950s. But in its entirety, the aura is relaxing, dim lights provide privacy and the lack of menus and ordering trim down the customer to waiter relationship, which in the case of Tacos Mexico is a nice touch. To order more, you just need to walk up to the cashier’s counter, which serves as a window for the cooks, and get their attention.
If you want a broad selection of Mexican cuisine, Tacos Mexico may not be the place for you. But if you are looking for some of the best tasting tacos on the island, then it is your best option.
Exit Camp Foster’s Gate 5 (Commissary Gate) and take a left onto the 58. At the second intersection, an orange building will be on the right, go right and tacos will be the second building on the right.
Hours: 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Phone: (098) 897 – 1663