Super Taqueria on Double R Boulevard in south Reno offers Mexican and Mexican American staples including tacos, tortas and soups. Their breakfast burritos, offered 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., are worth the trip alone.
Super Taqueria Solicits a Siesta
Super Taqueria occupies a large space compared to other restaurants that serve similar fare. The restaurant houses about 20 tables in addition to bar seating.
Diners order at the front counter and can enjoy watching a diligent staff cook the food in a spacious open kitchen. Next to the register lives a small refrigerated display case full of red and green to-go salsa and some drinks. The special on the day I went was churros at $1 each. I lament not getting one.
The handful of times that I’ve frequented Super Taqueria, the lighting was dim. There are large windows at the front of the restaurant, but in my experience, the blinds and drapes are always drawn. The resulting effect is somewhat industrial without being off-putting. The dim lights and quiet atmosphere, even while busy, made me want to drop my head to the bar while the staff cooked my food.
The meats available include asada (steak), lengua (tongue), cabeza (head), carnitas (pork), pollo (chicken), al pastor (spicy pork), chicharron (pork + pork skin), carne deshebrada (shredded beef), bistec ranchero (steak ranchero) and chile verde (stewed pork in green sauce).
One of my friends has gotten me into trying the cabeza at various restaurants around town. I didn’t order it during this meal, but I highly recommend it. The meat is usually tender and fatty. No eyeballs, teeth, or other especially weird things people might guess are part of cabeza.
Salty Salsa and Tex-Mex Favorites
The salsas, one red and one green, at Super Taqueria do not disappoint. Their red salsa offers high heat, a little garlic, some smoke and a nice amount of salt.
My pet peeve at restaurants that serve breakfast is that many fail to properly season and fry their potatoes. Way too many Reno / Sparks restaurants serve bland, mushy potatoes. I’ve observed this phenomenon with hash browns, country potatoes, fries and the like.
I’m happy to report that Super Taqueria serves well-seasoned, well-crisped potatoes. Their potatoes really shine in their chorizo breakfast burrito ($4.99).
The size of the burrito was a bit modest for the price, but not too shabby. The burrito included crisp potatoes, scrambled eggs, melted cheddar cheese and well seasoned chorizo. Some chorizos dominate whatever dish they’re in, but that wasn’t the case at Super Taqueria. The ratio of ingredients and seasoning in the burrito was spot on. The chorizo and eggs picked up some grill flavor while being cooked that complimented the burrito well. The smokey, salty, red salsa perfectly accompanied the burrito.
My wife and I also ordered two al pastor super tacos ($2.79 / taco), one chorizo breakfast sandwich ($5.50) and the al pastor super nachos ($6.29).
The al pastor super tacos weren’t especially super. The tacos included al pastor, shredded cheddar cheese, guacamole, sour cream, cilantro and onion atop flour tortillas. The tortillas for these tacos seemed to be Mission-style store tortillas. The flour tortilla that they used to make the breakfast burrito was excellent and seemed to be house-made. They didn’t grill the tortillas for the tacos or doctor them up in any discernible way. It was sort of like eating un-toasted white bread. Especially at $2.79 each, these tacos were not for me.
The chorizo breakfast sandwhich had the same fixings as the breakfast burrito, but they served the ingredients on toasted white bread instead of inside a flour tortilla. They served the potatoes on the side instead of inside the sandwich. The crispiness from the toasted bread added a nice quality to the dish. When in doubt, though, go with the breakfast burrito as it’s $0.50 cheaper than the sandwich.
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The al pastor super nachos had everything I seek in nachos including thick cut, salty corn tortilla chips, guacamole, nacho cheese, melted cheddar cheese, sour cream and al pastor. The world of nacho eaters seems divided on what type of cheese is best for the dish. I, like Super Taqueria, favor a mixture of nacho cheese and melted cheddar cheese.
They may fry the chips for their nachos in-house; I’m not sure. The chips were tasty and held up well against the wet toppings. I normally like al pastor in tiny, crisp bits. At Super Taqueria, they prepare the al pastor in smallish, tender cubes.
I appreciated that they well-seasoned the guacamole. Many restaurants put everything and the kitchen sink on their nachos. I liked that Super Taqueria dialed their toppings back. Each topping really got to shine with fewer of them used. The bright, salty, mild tomatillo salsa was great on the nachos.
Visit Super Taqueria at 9333 Double R Blvd. in Reno. They are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. They are closed on Sundays. Call in your take-out order at (775) 853-8555. They don’t have a website, so check out their menu on Yelp.
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