REVIEW: Tacos Tony

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Tacos Tony
52 Erie Street
Leamington, Ontario Canada
Phone: +1(519) 326-0110
Website: n/a

Flickr: Jim Rees

Type of Restaurant: Mexican
Attire: Casual
Prices: E- $3 M- $10
              $- cheap
Payment Options:
Debit/Eftpos, Cash
Hours: Monday-Sunday: 9:00am- LATE                            
Reservations? First come, First Serve.
Handicap Accessible? Yes 
Vegetarian Friendly? Limited.
Vegan Friendly? No.


Quality of Food: 3/5
Service: 4/5
Originality: 2/5
Atmosphere: 3/5

Happy Cinco de Mayo! A commemoration of the Mexican army's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). As a result, I thought I would go check out one of the restaurants in town that every seems to be raving about. Leamington, is known in the county as Canada's Little Mexico. This name is due to the amount of seasonal Mexican migrant workers brought in to work in the local greenhouses and farms. Especially in the summer, it isn't uncommon to see swarms of Mexican seasonal workers, all on their road bikes, throughout the downtown. Fridays (when they get paid) are especially busy, leaving you questioning whether you are still in Canada.

As a result of the influx of Mexican migrant workers, local Mexican immigrants have seen the market and opened a wide variety of stores catering to these migrant workers. Tacos Tony was one of the first to open, and has lasted the test of time.
The Tacos Tony Dining Room

Upon entering, I passed through a crowd of Mexicans. One of them greeted me "¿Cómo está" With my limited knowledge of Spanish, I knew this guy was asking how I was. I responded, "Buenos". This same guy followed me in and asked what I was after. Turns out, this was Tony himself. He's a really nice guy; grabbed me a menu, and welcomed me to sit in his dining area. There is no denying this isn't the fanciest of restaurants. However, despite the tacky sombreros hanging from the walls, and the mismatched furniture etched with profanities the restaurant itself was clean.

The menu, wasn't all that impressive. I was expecting a larger Mexican selection. There are the standard tacos, quesadillas, fluentas, toastadas, and burritos but very limited when compared to the American menu items (fried chicken, hamburgers, fries, sandwiches). Tacos come in two varities Americanized "Taco Supremes" with shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, sour cream, and your choice of meat: beef, chicken, or pork. There is also the traditional "Mexicanos" Taco: beef, pork, onion, cilantro, and... cow tongue. 

TACO SUPREME ($2.50) x 3
In the end, I decided on three beef tacos ($2.50 each) and a Tostadas ($4). I ordered at the register, and returned to my table. The food was out fairly quick. The worker offered me salsa. I obliged. Thank God I did. Their salsa is made on-site and provided the right kick to the tacos and tostadas.

On paying the bill, I was surprised that the prices on the menu included all taxes as well (not common in North America). Overall, the food was good for the price paid. As made my way out the front door, I ran into Tony. He offered me a handshake on my way out. Just met the guy today, but his hospitality makes you feel like welcomed guest.


Mike G. at: Thursday, May 05, 2011 8:20:00 PM said...

I really make an effort to go there at least once a month. The food is excellent and you're right, Tony's hospitality is infectious. As far as the selection, I can't imagine there being a larger menu. His focus on the base ingredients of authentic Mexican beef, chicken and pork along with Mexican staples such as the fresh tortillas, salsa, and beans allows him to provide just the right number of combinations of meals without losing sight of quality of taste over quantity of selection.
Thanks for your perspective and I'm looking forward to your next blog.

{ Giovanni Esposito } at: Thursday, May 05, 2011 9:26:00 PM said...

I understand what you are saying. I had a real craving for Mexican Street Corn on the cob and mole. The North American Menu really threw me off...

Lisa B at: Sunday, June 19, 2011 7:49:00 PM said...

I wish there were more Mexican restaurants in Windsor. I may have to travel to Leamington to try this place out.

Kim at: Tuesday, February 07, 2012 11:39:00 AM said...

The price is great especially for what you get. Tony is amazing too. He always makes me feel welcome. Wish Leamington was a lil' closer so I could visit more frequently!

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