I love Tex-Mex food – the more guacamole, sour cream and fresh salsa, the better. So I was really excited to try Chronic Tacos’ first location outside of the USA. Located in Mount Pleasant (Broadway & Yukon), this Californian chain serves up hearty made-to-order Mexican favorites like burritos, tacos, tostada bowls, nachos, and quesadillas. They also serve breakfast and offer a kids menu.
You place your order at the counter, just like you would at a Subway sandwich shop. Service was very laid back and nonchalant. Although the staff were wearing gloves, the thing that irked me was that the floors and counters behind the glass were quite dirty with pieces of dried food – it didn’t look like it had been cleaned for days. And there was a large tub of meat drowned in a swampy liquid, just sitting out on the counter for goodness knows how long. It didn’t look very foodsafe.
We must have come at a busy time because they had run out of a lot of things like cilantro rice, pulled pork, and steak.
Pollo Asado Bowl ($8.99) – A fresh tostada bowl with marinated grilled chicken, and your choice of rice & beans, veggies & salsa. You can either choose lettuce or a bunch of cancer-fighting cabbage as a final topping. The chicken was moist but its texture was quite crumbly, almost like ground chicken.
Al Pastor Bowl ($8.99) – Same as the above Pollo Asado but this one consisted of pork with pineapple. Looking at the photos, the portions don’t look very substantial. However, pictures can be deceiving – the portions are actually quite large. I couldn’t finish my tostada bowl, luckily Gary was there to take over.
Both bowls had lots of black beans (pinto beans were also an option), meat, salsa, guacamole, onions, and cilantro. The guacamole had a nice tang from the lime and just enough cilantro mixed in give it a hint of its fragrant scent. Bonus: guacamole is free! but you must request it on your tacos and bowls.
Overall, if cleanliness doesn’t bother you too much, then you’d probably enjoy this joint for its well-sized portions and decent prices. Also, Chronic Tacos is licensed so you can knock back a Corona with lime while you feast on tacos and burritos.
I’m still waiting for Chipotle to come to Vancouver 😉