And You Should: The Taco Stop, Fort Collins, Colorado

I’ve been meaning to stop at The Taco Stop. After all, it comes highly recommended by someone who knows his stuff, Paul of Matador Mexican Grill.

Our house is being re-roofed this week and so I was chased out of the house by the sounds of hammering. Our poor cat won’t come out from under the bed, and if I thought the dog was clingy before, she’s now always right underfoot.

So I went in search of solace and tacos. After all, it’s Taco Tuesday! I was going to write about a place in my hometown of Loveland. However, I struck out twice. The taco joint I intended to go to is located inside of a 7-11. I guess that’s why I hadn’t heard about it.

The second place I tried only had hard tacos. That’s a big no, no for me. I don’t care if hard shells are an option but if it’s all you’ve got, I know I will have problems with this particular spot. So, I headed north and I’m really glad that I did.

The Taco Stop is located in that odd area between Loveland and Fort Collins along Hwy 287. It used to be full of antique stores, and a few still remain. However, it’s mostly spa dealerships and other non-descript strip mall businesses. It is worth seeking this place out! Also, check out Deli Works, also located in this strip and well worth finding.

The Taco Stop has a gluttonous Taco Tuesday deal. When you order three tacos (the size of their taco meal), you get an extra taco for free. This meant I had a lot of food. That’s 8 soft taco tortillas (two on each taco)! I only feel kind of bad.

At this place, guests order at the front and take a number, but there is also a large bar with several televisions showing… wait for it… SOCCER! I am a total soccer nerd. We were season ticket holders to the Colorado Rapids for a number of years. Ole, ole, ole, ole! They are in the playoffs right now! Go Rapids!

I ordered a pastor taco, Asada taco, and chicken taco, but I got a carnitas taco for free. I had decided against the carnitas because the last couple of carnitas tacos I’d eaten were bland. I am SO GLAD that I got a free carnitas taco!

The diner has their choice of salsa, and I chose Diablo because it was on the hot side, but not the habanero. Lately, I have not cared for the flavor of habaneros.

Of the four tacos I tried here, the carnitas was my favorite. The meat was flavorful and moist. Sometimes pulled meat is dry, but this definitely was not. In fact, I would have been perfectly happy with four carnitas tacos!

This isn’t the cheapest or most expensive place. Three tacos are $10.99. They have lots of other menu items including a Pepito Sandwich which I have to have. A Pepito Sandwich is like a torta.

Again, I have to take Ryan here! That list is growing.

The Taco Stop, 6324 S. College Avenue, Fort Collins, Colorado 80252

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Until then, eat all the carnitas! Happy Taco Tuesday!

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