Words to Eat By: Pop-up Tacos on H St.
If you're looking for a quick and tasty food option on H Street NE, Tacos Impala—a pop-up taco joint brought to us by the ever entrepreneurial Erik Bruner-Yang and Troy Hickman (of the upcoming Toki Underground) and situated in the seasonally-shuttered Philadelphia Water Ice space between 12th and 13th streets—has been getting great reviews, with strident declarations that they have the best tacos in all the land. Young & Hungry hasn't tried chef Omar Martinez-Pumarejo's tacos, but those types of gushing user reviews certainly will warrant an automatic addition to our (long) To-Do list. A quick sampling:
"Gosh, I could happily die drowning in that delicious green tomatillo sauce." [DonRocks] "The slow-cooked carnitas are subtley and perfectly seasoned and melt in your mouth. The carne asada is surprisingly tender and tasty. The meats each have their own unique flavor. The green salsa is my favorite over the red." [Yelp] "Just sampled a couple taco's this evening. Let me tell you it was really tasty well seasoned and the fresh made tortilla pops in your mouth." [Frozen Tropics]
These tacos won't last, though. The pop-up taco stand will go away by April. But these tacos are certainly wonderful appetizers for what's in store for the H Street food scene when the highly anticipated and promisingly innovative Toki Underground opens. (No pressure, gentlemen.)