Taco Mama opened their doors to the public on Tuesday and I was able to give them a try, in fact I wanted to try several items. My initial fears about the street parking didn't pan out as I was able to find a parking place not too far from the front door. The times I visited wasn't that busy, at least for an opening day and while there always are some opening jitters among the employees things wen't fairly well in that area.
I was able to try the Chicken Tacos, both grilled and shredded chicken, as well as sampling the rice, the queso, and chips and salsa. Later in the day I returned to try the beef burrito so as to get a sampling of a few of their items. The only item I wasn't able to try was the steak taco and steak burrito. I also, due to not being. a person that drinks, am not able to provide a review of their mixed drink offerings.
I'll start with the Beef Burrito. It was definitely enough for one to eat and I chose the queso as the side which meant I got a larger size, which was good, because when it comes to chips and queso or chips and salsa I have to give Taco Mama my highest approval rating. That's right I believe Taco Mama, at least for my part, has the best chips and salsa as well as the best chips and queso (Cheese) dip. Bear in mind that I can't tolerate spicy so my rating is for mild meaning that it's not "hot" spicy. If you want spicy (hot) salsa then you can have it but you have to get their mild and spice it up yourself with the condiments they provide at the table. My choice of Taco Mama for best Queso an Salsa is based on their MILD offering as they do have another, much more spicy, salsa if you want to ask for it. I also love the thin chips that Taco Mama serves but then Taco Garage also serves the thin chips.
Above are the table condiments and spices as well as their number system they use to get you your order. Below the Beef Burrito plate w/salsa & Queso
I also had the Chicken Taco, both with grilled Chicken and shredded Chicken and while it was good I have to say it wasn't close to or didn't approach the Chicken Tacos at Taco Garage. While the chips and salsa was favorable at Taco Mama the Taco Garage has the best Chicken Tacos in town, at least in my opinion.
All in all Taco Mama, I believe, had a successful opening but I'm still wondering about how the "street parking" will work out especially for handicapped patrons. Interior there is plenty of seating but only tables with some high top tables. Table seating is mostly for parties of 6 but also there are some 4 seat and an 8 seat table available. Below are some other photos of the parking and interior of the restaurant.
Photo above is of the entry door and front of the restaurant and the photo below is showing the upper attic area of Taco Mama with the insulation and all.
I'm sure Taco Mama will have a following and will definitely be popular with the UNA College student crowd that may live in the apartments not too far away or be popular with those because of it's close proximity to the Singing River Brewery but I still think the verdict on Street Parking only is yet to be written. As for the quality of their food I give them top marks for their queso, their salsa and chips. Their Salsa is some of the best I've tried anywhere and it's totally mild so those, like me, who like mild salsa will find it more palatable than say Rosie's, Taco Garage or the other Mexican venue restaurants in the area.
I wasn't able to sample/try the steak taco/burritos but that's for another time/day if I choose to go back. As for their beef tacos/burritos their beef taste fairly close, in taste and seasoning, to El Pollito Loco, at 7-Points area and for many that will be a good thing. As for me given all involved I'd have to say that my preference and choice would lean toward Taco Garage over Taco Mama but Taco Mama has a good concept and product.
Taco Garage Taco Mama Rosies
Best Crinkle Fries Best Chips & Salsa Best Ground Beef
Best Chicken Tacos Best Cheese/Queso dip. Best steak
Best Sweet Tea Best Salads
Best Budget Friendly