The bright yellow awning and bold orange all-caps lettering on a Phillips gas station along Northwest Highway had caught my attention a couple times, but each visit led to an out-of-business taqueria with the station attendent saying it will reopen soon.
Finally a new banner appeared draped under the windows and awning. Tacos Caseros “La Sabroza” has to be the longest named gas station taqueria I’ve visited. Translated it means “the handmade tacos of Sabroza.”
I walked into a fairly sparse yet large gas station market with a full kitchen in back and two large bowls of freshly made salsa resting on the counter. No menus. No prices. Just three people speaking Spanish as I approach and the woman behind the counter asks if I’d like to order.
She points at several metal bins full of meat and sauce in each. The selection may change so be aware of that. Today I went with one of each choice: Beef in a red sauce; pork in a red sauce; and pork in a green sauce. The only tortilla option is flour; though, they are ‘handmade’ living true to the place’s name.
My three tacos came wrapped together in foil with a small sandwich bag of salsa verde accompanying the tacos. There is a sparse amount of chopped onion and cilantro.
I’m not a big fan of flour tortilla tacos; however, the tortillas here are quite good. Sadly the sauces make the tortillas soggy by the time I returned to my office ready to eat, so you might want to dine-in here.
The meats are a bit fatty though nothing unbearable and you do get a good amount of meat per taco. The salsa verde is spicy! Use it gently.
Overall the tacos were a disappointment. The lack of corn tortillas and very wet though flavorful meat sauces are not the kind of tacos I prefer. If I had to pick a favorite, I’d select the pork in green sauce as it had a good flavor and the meat was quite lean.
One of my favorite gas station stops is a Fina station down the street that makes some of the best chicken tacos and an exceptional beef fajita taco too. Sadly all I could think about was why didn’t I skip this place and drive a minute for some great corn tortilla street tacos.
Gas Station: Phillips