Saturday, November 06, 2021

Tacos El Patron (Anaheim, CA)

Tacos El Patrón
516 N State College Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92806
Sat 11/06/2021, 11:20p-12:40a

Tacos El Patron Exterior

I visited Taqueria Los Gueros back at the start of October, and on my post about the place, reader "BMan1113VR" commented that I should give Tacos El Patron a try next time I'm in the area. Well, I was recently in the area, and decided to stop by for a late dinner.

Tacos El Patron Interior
Tacos El Patron Interior
The restaurant opened back in March 2019, and took over a space that used to house Super Tortas, and Manila Bay before that.

Tacos El Patron Menu: Tacos, Vampiro, Burritos, Mulita Tacos El Patron Menu: Quesadillas, Birria Tacos, Tortas, Flautas Tacos El Patron Menu: Nachos/Fries, Birria Plate, Tacos Dorados, Drinks, Desserts
El Patron's menu is about what you'd expect, and lists a variety of meats available in a variety of formats. Do note that, sadly, the kitchen was out of both cabeza and lengua tonight. Click for larger versions.

Taco Dorado de Papa con Lechuga, Crema, Queso Cotija
Taco Dorado de Papa con Lechuga, Crema, Queso Cotija [$2.76]
We'll get started with the hard-shelled taco, which was just what I was looking for: properly crispy, with a cozy stuffing of potato, and plenty of cheese and cream to complete the package. Nice contrast from the lettuce, too.

Nachos de Carne Asada
Nachos de Carne Asada [$9.95]
Given that it was National Nachos Day, this was an absolute must-order. The beef displayed a decent dosing of smoke and sear, and meshed especially well with the sour cream, while the pico de gallo certainly brightened up the dish. All in all, everything simply came together rather pleasingly here.

Taco de Birria de Res Regular
Taco de Birria de Res Regular (Dressed)
Taco de Birria de Res Regular [$2.03]
El Patron serves both beef and goat birria, and I made sure to try both varieties. This beef version was delectably spiced, with a focused chili pepper element, and just made sense with traditional accoutrements of onion and cilantro.

Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve
To drink, we have here the 2011 Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve, a French oak-aged, Belgian-style dark ale that I'd be cellaring since the start of 2013. The beer smelled of sweet malt intertwined with a steely minerality, with banana hiding in the background. Taste-wise, I got more candied malt flavors alongside cocoa, dark fruit, oak, and a spiciness that only intensified towards the finish.

3 Flautas de Res con Queso, Crema, Guacamole
3 Flautas de Res con Queso, Crema, Guacamole (Inside)
3 Flautas de Res con Queso, Crema, Guacamole [$5.98]
Taquitos ate super crunchy, and actually displayed a bit of a popcorn-esque flavor profile from the fried tortilla. Unfortunately, the beef was on the dry side, though the guac and liberal amounts of cheese did help smooth things out.

Mulita de Tripa
Mulita de Tripa [$4.42]
The tripe had the sear and crispy bits that I was looking for, along with a palpable musk that married superbly with the cheese (which also came with crispy bits).

Tacos El Patron Salsa Selection
Three types of salsas were offered. The guacasalsa was the most intense of the bunch, with a very distinctly vegetal heat. The roja, meanwhile, was surprisingly earthy, yet floral, with a kick on the back end. Finally, the verde was the mildest, the fruitiest of the three, but still packed a punch.

Taco de Chorizo + Con Queso
Taco de Chorizo + Con Queso (Dressed)
Taco de Chorizo + Con Queso [$1.99 + $0.26]
I'm a fan of pairing chorizo and queso, and the combination didn't disappoint tonight. The sausage had some nice crunchy bits, and displayed a deliciously spicy depth that coalesced easily with the cheese.

Taco de Birria de Chivo Enchilado
Taco de Birria de Chivo Enchilado (Dressed)
Taco de Birria de Chivo Enchilado [$3.38]
The goat birria was even better than the beef thanks to its headier, more complex flavors. The meat was great when taken with the onions, and I was pretty enamored with the textural contrast from the crispy griddled tortilla here.

Burrito de Al Pastor
Burrito de Al Pastor (Inside)
Burrito de Al Pastor [$8.51]
Last up was the pastor, which managed to be awfully satisfying. The pork arrived well-seasoned and well-seared, and possessed an unusually robust level of savor and funk that really called for the application of salsa, onion, and cilantro to keep it all in check.

I was quite happy with my meal at El Patron, and if I lived nearby, I'd totally come here on the regular to get my casual Mexican fix. "BMan1113VR" knows his stuff apparently, and also recommend the nearby Tacos Los Cholos, so that place is on my list to check out now as well.


Blogger BMan1113VR said...

Kevin, glad to see you enjoyed it! Definitely check out Los Cholos next. They are a bit more cow focused and almost everything is cooked over a wood fire with great smoke to the meat.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 2:03:00 PM  
Blogger kevinEats said...

Yep, Los Cholos is next on the list for casual Mexican in the Anaheim area! Anywhere else I should be considering?

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 10:51:00 PM  
Blogger BMan1113VR said...

Taco wise, those 2 are my favorites in the area since Los Tacos Amigos changed hands.

Outside of tacos, there are some amazing gems in Little Arabia and also Khan Saab up in Fullerton is definitely worth a visit.

Oh, Pour Vida is also usually a worth while stop - very much elevated, non traditional tacos, but good - I'd be curious on your take.

Thursday, November 18, 2021 1:25:00 PM  
Blogger kevinEats said...

Nice, so Khan Saab has been on my list for a while; I'm curious to see how it compares with Miirch Social, which seems similar in concept. I'm not familiar with Pour Vida, but it does looks pretty interesting, so I've added it to my Excel spreadsheet of places to try!

Now any particular spots in Little Arabia?

Sunday, November 21, 2021 12:25:00 PM  
Blogger BMan1113VR said...

Kevin, I am far from an expert on Little Arabia, but I have really enjoyed Forn Al Hara and Al Sanabel Bakery/Koftegi. But there are tons of other places that I have heard are worth going to in Little Arabia.

Look forward to hearing your take on some of these other spots around my work.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 1:17:00 PM  
Blogger kevinEats said...

Those work for me--I did a quick bit of research on Forn Al Hara and Al Sanabel/Koftegi, and they've been inserted into the spreadsheet.

Friday, November 26, 2021 2:32:00 AM  

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