Monday, June 30, 2008

Brownstoner’s Brooklyn Flea Market (Ft. Greene – corner of Lafayette Ave. and Vanderbilt Ave.)

I caught wind that some of the vendors from the Red Hook ball fields now set up shop at the Brooklyn Flee Market ( which is located at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School on Lafayette Avenue and Vanderbilt Avenue in Fort Green. The “Martinez Food Vendors From Red Hook” were representin’ with a menu that included huaraches, quesadillas, and tacos. There was also another vendor selling pupusas for my Salvadorean brothers which I didn't get to sample but merits another trip.

So what I am seeing in NYC is that the tortillas tend to be bigger and I guess the taco vendors at the flee market feel justified to sell their tacos at three dollars a pop. If this was LA they would be arrested, in fact if my mother was there she would cry out “BLASPHEMY!” Now to get down to the quality of the taco, it wasn’t the best and definitely not the worse - it was average. I ordered one carne asada taco (steak taco) and a carnitas taco which they gave me Al Pastor instead… hmmmmm. Why I am giving it an average rating? Well, the woman put too many toppings, I’m from the school of “less is more.” I think on a taco you should at the most have onions, cilantro, salsa, some salt, and freshly squeezed lime. I will be going back this Sunday to try their huaraches and sample a pupusa. This taqueria is definitely a good introduction for you novice taco eaters but keep in mind that tacos can taste better. Please if anyone out there finds a place that sells tongue tacos shoot me an email ASAP!

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