Thursday, November 19, 2015

Mid St8 Taco

West Shore Farmer's Market
900 Market Street
Lemoyne, PA 17043
(717) 737-9881

I was over in Central PA for a weekend and decided to try out the West Shore Farmer's Market. This place is like a JV version of the Reading Terminal Market, but it certainly boasted a whole lot of different kinds of food. It was surprisingly good, and I won't go into details, but I ate at three places within an hour. My favorite was Mid St8 Taco, which had all kinds of flair, and even better tacos.

This gentleman on the right is hitting the complementary salsa bar. On the left is their fresh tortilla making stand.

This salsa bar was pretty great, with pickled peppers, onions, fresh salsa, and limes.

I decided to try the fried fish, short rib, and chorizo potato tacos.

The chorizo and potato was garnished with onion, garlic, and cilantro. I am always a fan of the fatty, greasy chorizo providing color and flavor to potatoes. These can be somewhat mushy, but the onion provided some textural crunch. Also, the fresh tortillas were fantastic. It is hard to beat fresh when it comes to taco wrappers.

The braised beef special was another great taco. Tender shredded beef with a hint of spice. The crispy ends (always the best part) added some texture and a healthy amount of flavor. A very good taco as well.

The fried fish was perhaps my favorite. It held achiote marinated and roasted wild atlantic cod with cabbage, pico de gallo, creme and shaved radish. I loved the variety of flavors involved with this. The cod had a nice heat and was perfectly fried. Radishes and cabbage gave fresh crunch, and the crema cooled everything down. It was a great taco de pescado if I do say so myself.

The color on the cod was brilliant. Who would have thought great tacos would come from the middle of the state? I guess if you knew the chef attended the Institute of Culinary Education on a James Beard scholarship, you might have had an inkling . . .

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