Grand Electric Taqueria
Grand Electric Taqueria is the little sibling to the original Grand Electric restaurant just a little further west, and has almost the exact same menu.
Much smaller and without a patio, this version of Grand Electric embraces more of a grab-and-go style, but still serves booze.
The simple space is designed to keep people moving, more of a squeaky white cafeteria vibe than the original restaurant’s moody wooden interior with throbbing loud music.
Al pastor tacos ($5) are one difference on the menu here, exclusive to this location as they’re the one with a spit for roasting the marinated pork upright.
The pork gets an adobo marinade, paired with a little fresh and simple onion, cilantro and pineapple, served with the quintessential Grand Electric accompaniments of radish and lime.
All tacos at both locations are served on corn tortillas made at Campechano and delivered fresh twice daily, slightly doughy, and supportive.
Their Baja fish taco ($5) is one of the most popular of its kind in the city, and it’s easy to see why from the portion size alone.
The delicate fish is encased in a thick fluffy pilsner batter, topped with a creamy “mayonesa” and shredded cabbage that evoke a California fast food vibe, freshened up with some batons of radish and finished off with a little smokey salsa morita.
Guacamole ($7) is also some of the most beloved in the city, chunky but not too chunky.
It’s served with a paper bag of house tortilla chips, bubbly, crispy and just salty enough.
Mixta ceviche ($12) is one of two ceviche options served on stiff tostadas. The mixta is octopus, tuna and shrimp cured in lime juice, with some simple but bright tomato, cilantro and onion, all topped off with rich avocado and a lovely little deep-fried shrimp.
Two other major differences here include a self-serve salsa station where you can load up on as much as you want of any mix of Grand Electric’s range of salsas, including a hot arbol and a milder salsa verde. Everything is also totally compostable, including all plates and plastic-ware.
Micheladas range from $7 to $9 depending on your choice of beer: Corona, Tecate or Modelo. Other than that it’s just Valentina hot sauce for a serious kick and some acidic lime, smokey crushed spices adorning the rim.
Margaritas ($11) are another big seller here. Bubbling away in a drink machine, generously rimmed with salt and garnished with lime wheels, they’re maybe too crushable.
If you want to sit with a big group at a picnic bench, head across the street to the park—there are only a few stools and small ledge areas for seating in here.