It isn't necessarily easy to find good tacos in Pittsburgh, so when we heard about Doce Taqueria on Carson St. in South Side we knew we had to check it out.
We jumped into this short order spot with anticipation and were, sadly, fairly let down!
Short Order Tacos When You Need It
The menu is quite simple here, with five different filling options that you can get in tacos or on top of nachos: carnitas, chicken, two different types of ground beef, and potato (also vegan). There's also a special of the day which is a different filing type that you can also get in tacos or on nachos. You can also choose flour or corn tortillas for your tacos.
The seating is limited to a counter that wraps around the bar and a high-top counter in the window, making this spot more conducive to takeout or just grabbing a quick bite while bar hopping in the neighborhood.
Bad Choices or Bad Day?
On our visit we chose the special of the day which was barbecued pulled pork, and we got it on top of nachos. They certainly didn't skimp on the toppings – mounds of tender pulled pork were smothered in barbecue sauce and nacho cheese. To top it all off there was a drizzle of crema, a sprinkling of grated farmer's cheese, pico de gallo, and jalapenos on the side.
There was a good topping to nacho ratio and the whole thing was nice and saucy. Our only dislike was that the dish was extremely salty – even saltier than nachos should be.
We also tried tacos with the potato filling which also came topped with avocado, lettuce, pico de gallo, cilantro, and lime. We opted to make ours not vegan by adding crema. The flavor was just okay- we would have loved the potatoes to be crispier and to have just a bit more flavor. Somewhat soggy potatoes just don't work for us on tacos. A hot sauce or salsa would have been a good addition, too.
Although the food here was fine, we wouldn't necessarily recommend the spot as a dining destination in and of itself. But we can see how Doce Taqueria would make a great spot to snag a few tacos late at night – they're open until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays.
Doce Taqueria is located at 1220 E Carson Street in South Side.
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