Hamir Patel is a self-described foodie that's passionate about his craft. He'll take his Indian Fusion concept to York's Taste Test for the next few months. Promo image courtesy Taste Test. Anthony J. Machcinski, York Daily Record
The project is a collaboration between Christian LifePath Ministries and I-Ron-Ic. The shop is open from noon to 8 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Anthony J. Machcinski, York Daily Record
The Great American Melting Pot restaurant opening Monday will add outdoor seating and an ice cream parlor next year along the rail train in Glen Rock. Paul Kuehnel
Pack a lunch or hit up a nearby restaurant and bring your food to these awesome outdoor spots in York County. Anthony J. Machcinski, York Daily Record
Set to open in the next two weeks, Toni Calderone, co-owner of Taste Test works with Zortman Construction and Refindings to create an urban oasis in Royal Square. Paul Kuehnel
Andre Brown, a bartender at the Revival Social Club gushes about York and his favorite drink to make. Jason Plotkin, York Daily Record
Every year, there are over 8,000 house fires that are caused by gas or charcoal grills. Matt Arnold, Battalion Chief of York Area United Fire & Rescue, shows us how to grill safely. Sean Heisey, York Daily Record
Lee's Diner, in West Manchester Township, has been a stainless steel landmark along Route 30 for over 65 years. Paul Kuehnel
What is Taste Test? The answer is simple - a rotating list of great food in York. Anthony J. Machcinski, York Daily Record
Sara Griffin, the owner and expeditor at the Metro Diner, mixes food and fun for visitors to the West Manchester Township eatery. Jason Plotkin, York Daily Record
A new valet service operating on North George Street hopes to help alleviate the city's perceived parking problem. Chris Dunn, York Daily Record
Lancaster-based sandwich chain Isaac's is debuting its first fast casual restaurant in downtown York. Chris Dunn, York Daily Record
Jeff Gormley, owner and operator of Thunder Ridge Vineyards, gives a tour of the wine making process. Sean Heisey, York Daily Record
The Handsome Cab, set to open in a few weeks on North George Street in York, was created with the hands of local artists and hopes to combine local artists with a large selection of wine. Paul Kuehnel
Get a look inside the Iron Horse York, downtown's newest restaurant/bar that is opening in January. Jason Plotkin, York Daily Record
Joy Gillette shows Anthony Machcinski how she makes Kenny's Crab Bake soup. Sean Heisey, York Daily Record
Anthony Machcinski and Toni Calderone talk about the sleek new speakeasy club in the basement of Tutoni's. Sean Heisey, York Daily Record
Wyndridge Farm offers a variety of foods that you can eat while you enjoy scenic views of York County farmland Sean Heisey, FlipSidePA
District Thai, located in the old culinary school's restaurant, is ready to serve up fresh Thai food for lunch and dinner. Chris Dunn, York Daily Record
FlipSidePA's Anthony Machcinski and GameTimePA's Teddy Feinberg scope out the food options at What the Food Trucks in York. Anthony J. Machcinski, FlipSidePA
Anthony Machcinski is working off calories now so he can eat some of his favorite food truck meals this weekend. Anthony Machcinski and Sean Heisey
- Everyone loves Hamir: Meet the chef behind York's Indian Fusion
- Cornerstone Ice Cream Shop opens in York
- New 'Melting Pot' restaurant venue, an ambitious effort by 71-year-old
- Grab a bite and check out these 12 outdoor hangouts
- Watch: Explore alley Cantina built with York history
- Watch: Drinks with Andre
- Grilling tips to not burn your house down
- Lee's Diner, a stainless steel mid-century restaurant icon
- Watch: What is Taste Test?
- Watch: Breakfast, lunch, dinner & a show at Metro Diner
- Watch: Valet service comes to York City
- Watch: Isaac's on the Fly brings fast casual to downtown York
- Watch: Thunder Ridge Vineyards
- Watch: A local art and wine showcase
- Watch: Bringing the Iron Horse York to York
- Watch: Making soup at Joy's Cafe
- Watch: York's new speakeasy club
- Watch: Wyndridge Farm
- Watch: District Thai in North York opens for business
- Replay: Checking out What the Food Truck
- Watch: Preparing for What the Food Trucks
Let's taco 'bout your next meal.
Is there ever a bad time for tacos?
Of course not. And Oct. 4 is National Taco Day, so there's another excuse to push aside your lame lunch of yesterday's leftovers.
Whether it’s National Taco Day, Taco Tuesday or just a regular day, here’s where you can find some great tacos:
Taqueria El Pariente, Hanover
The white trailer with a red strip may not seem like a big deal, but these tacos are the truth.
If you’ve been to the York Fair the last three years, you’ve seen the trailer parked on Memorial Boulevard. When the fair isn’t in town, the trailer is stationed near Sheetz in Hanover on Eisenhower Drive.
Like the trailer, the tacos are simple — a choice of meat with onions, cilantro, cheese, lettuce and tomatoes, topped with a choice of chili de arbol red salsa or tomatillo and jalepeno-based green salsa — but the taste is off the charts. The secret to the taste how the meat is cooked. It's not ground chicken or steak, but instead, it's cooked whole on a flat top with a mixture of secret spices and chopped up before being served on a soft or had shell taco.
“He’s been doing this since he was a child,” Awilda Burgos, co-owner, said of her husband, Oswaldo. “His family has two restaurants in Mexico, and his recipes come from his dad. They do it really good down there.”
Want to take a walk on the wild side? Taqueria El Pariente also does cow tongue tacos.
Brings what? Banging fish tacos.
The restaurant serves up motzo and chipotle spice-breaded tilapia served with ginger garlic coleslaw and fresh pico de gallo.
“You have the hot breaded fish, the corn taco and you get a crunch from the ginger garlic slaw. You can’t go wrong with those,” a Mexitaly manager said.
The tacos come in orders of three with an option of rice and beans.
There’s also nothing wrong with grabbing tacos from one of the local big chains like Chipotle or Qdoba.
Guacamole is the Swiss Army knife of the taco world, with uses as a dip, topping and even a salad, and Chipotle utilizes that tool to the fullest extent. So regardless of what type of taco you get at the national chain, make sure you get some wonderful green guac on top.
Qdoba stepped up its taco game with the Knockout Taco, one of six signature tacos like the Drunken Yardbird — with tequila lime chicken, guacamole and salsa verde — and the triple threat, featuring grilled steak, bacon, three-cheese queso and veggies.
Being healthy generally isn’t the first thought when it comes to having tacos, but if you are looking for a change of pace, the York County-based Robburito’s has a taco salad on its menu. The taco salad comes in acrispy fried tortilla bowl with romaine lettuce, beans, cheese, guacamole, cucumber, salsa and house dressing. You can add chicken, steak or chopped potato for $1 extra.
And then there’s Taco Bell. I heard they serve tacos there.
Here are some other places that serve tacos, but it’s tough to write and eat tacos at the same time:
- The White Rose, York
- The Corner Cabinet, York
- Fiesta Mexico, Springettsbury
- El Rodeo, York/Hanover
- Hogan’s Bar and Grille, Newberry Township