bartaco: Duck, Pork Belly & Chorizo Tacos

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Located in Port Chester, New York, bartaco is one of the top taco joints in Westchester County, and for my first visit, I chose to try the Duck, Pork Belly, and Chorizo tacos.

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I have to preface this by saying that I enjoyed all three of these tacos, but as one can expect, I did like some better than others, so starting at the bottom:

Chorizo Taco

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All three of the shells in these tacos are soft, and very good, so I will not be addressing them below.

The chorizo meat was tender, sweet and spicy, and was accompanied by very strong veggies, that while good, tend to take control of the taco a bit more than than I would like. I liked this taco, but it wasn’t as good as the…

Pork Belly Taco

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I’ve really grown to love pork belly over the last couple of years, and this taco was no exception. The belly was thick, tender and fatty with a nice grilled texture, and had an extra acidic flavor component from the veggies. The two flavors mix together quite nicely, and will always be on my list of tacos to get, but if I was forced to choose just one it would be the…

Duck Taco

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Like the pork belly, duck is a meat that I have grown to love, nay, adore over the past two or three years, and this taco is delicious. The duck meat (which in my opinion is the steak of birds) was very tender, juicy and sweet, with a tiny element of spice contributed to it from the raw onion and cilantro. Even more so the pork belly, the vegetables included with the duck simply worked.

If you want good tacos at a fantastic price ($2.5-3.5), and that won’t fill you up right away, bartaco is certainly the place to go.

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PPT’s: Garlic Balls

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Today’s review is a little different as it will be my first ever review of a side dish; namely, Garlic Balls from Pizza, Pasta, and Things (which can be found in both Port Chester and West Harrison).

Now some of you may have immediately thought of Garlic Knots, and if so, you need to put that completely out of your mind; because Garlic Balls are a different, and more delicious animal than are Garlic Knots.

Part of what makes Garlic Balls so great is that they are a rare commodity; there are only three locations that you can acquire these treats, with two of them being in Westchester (Clino’s and Michelangelo’s). So without further ado:

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Full disclosure; you have not had a true pizza experience until you have had Garlic Balls with your pie/slice. So I know you are wondering how they taste, right?

The outside “skin” of the ball has a light crisp to it (you will hear a crunch of sorts when you bite in), but at the same time is soft, doughy, and lightly moist. There is a definite element of grease there, but it is in no way overwhelming; and the flavor combination is a complex and thoroughly enjoyable one. PPT’s combines their seasoning generously to bring about a taste that is garlicky, sweet, and even a bit buttery.

Garlic Balls are a rare treat that breaks away from the traditional Garlic Knot, and is a side that will always leave you wanting more (and that’s not a bad thing); so when you have a chance, treat yourself to a nice order of Garlic Balls down at Clino’s or Michelangelo’s Pizza, Pasta, and Things.

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