Juan Gonzalez Taqueria
Juan Gonzalez Taqueria is a simple spot serving tacos, burritos and quesadillas as well as Wrestlers coffee and paletas. It’s kind of like a miniature version of La Tortilleria and they even sell some of their products like nacho chips and mole.
There's also a huge line of agua frescas they make themselves, bottled in Etobicoke along with the hot sauce that’s in the restaurant.
It’s a super small space but there’s actually a good amount of seating, something that wasn’t taken into consideration as heavily with former occupant Sammich.
Tacos are $3.99 each, $12.75 for a meal of any two tacos, guac, chips and salsa, and a hot or cold drink. Bump it up to three tacos for $14.75. We opt for the carnitas, chorizo and baja fish tacos.
Both carnitas and chorizo get basic toppings of onion, cilantro and lime, and while the carnitas are nice and juicy I find the finely ground chorizo a bit dry. I do like how all tacos get a base coating of guac to ensure creamy avocado goodness in every bite.
The tilapia filet on the baja fish is topped with crema, diced tomato, and julienned radish that lends a touch of heat and crunch.
With that chorizo base, their al pastor offering is objectively lacking compared to the ultra-authentic tacos at places like El Asador or Itacate, but would do in a pinch for someone craving spicy meat and sweet pineapple.
They have a good range of vegetarian offerings, including soy-rizo, eggplant, and black bean.
A carnitas burrito ($9.75 on its own, $14.75 as a meal) is simple but satisfying. Stuffed with lettuce, tomatoes, rice, beans, mozzarella and crema, these soft, squishy babies come on your choice of flour, whole wheat or habanero tortilla.
Churros are made in house, and come plain or stuffed with strawberry or caramel. They’re not the sturdiest, tending to crumble apart and are almost overly caked in sugar on the outside, though it’s hard to argue with fried dough.
A wide range of agua frescas ($3.75) includes horchata, tamarindo, sandia (watermelon), mango, lemon, guayaba, guanabana, and more.
Bottles of hot sauce retail for $4.95, in medium hot and not-too-lethal extra hot.
Rich Wrestlers coffee (americano $2.75, latte or cappuccino $3.75) adds a nice touch.
Graphic touches of neon, metal, and Mexican imagery light up this little joint. It’s a pleasant and comforting spot those desperate for convenient tacos are sure to turn to often.