Review: Roberto’s Taco Shop

Yelp is a goldmine for finding gas station tacos.  Before heading to Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), my co-worker did some searching and found a Roberto’s at a Shell station just north of the Vegas strip.

The first night in town we decided to grab a cab and head north.  We watched as the cab fare kept inching north too. I’m embarrassed to say what the round trip fare cost us, let me just share two things. One. It was too crazy to submit as a business expense so I paid it out of pocket. Two. Enjoy this review, just know you don’t have to head to the Shell station to get Roberto’s tacos.  They have several locations closer to the Vegas strip.

Enough about the cab ride. Let’s get to the tacos.

Roberto’s tacos run $2.40 each, but they are huge compared to the street tacos found at most gas station taquerias. They also carry the rare fish taco. Most gas stations don’t offer fish tacos — this is a  good thing I’m sure — fortunately Roberto’s does with fish tacos a popular option the more west you go.

The fish taco is amazing. I’ve been to the original west coast fish taco stand, Rubio’s (learn about the history of the fish taco in the US), and have to say Roberto’s makes an amazing fish taco. The fish is sauteed not deep fried, where it maintains a rich flavor, and is accompanied by pico de gallo and shredded lettuce (image at left.) It is pretty much fish taco heaven. So don’t fear a fish taco at a gas station, unless it is a Roberto’s Taco Shop.

The other tacos were a disappointment.  Every taco came with guacamole and pico de gallo. I prefer tacos with chopped onions and cilantro, so it was a bit off-putting having tacos filled with with gobs of avocado and tomatoes. Fortunately the meats saved the tacos.

Besides the fish, Roberto’s makes the best carnitas.  The pork was perfectly done. It had a crispiness to it, but still maintained a tenderness that is difficult to accomplish.  I could eat a vat of the pork carnitas. Just give me a fork and some hot sauce.

The salsa roja here is homemade and full of flavor if you prefer an extra hot, hot sauce.

The carne asada (steak) and adobada (marinated pork) tacos were both decent even with tons of guac and pico, but it’s still unfortunate the tacos are overpowered by what is essentially a cup full of guacamole.

Roberto’s cooks some great quality meats and the guacamole tastes good too, plus you can try your luck at the gas station’s slot machines. It’s just the tacos become mush with the added guacamole and I would recommend a burrito over a taco if I were to return; though, next time I’m taking a cab to a Roberto’s as close to my hotel as possible.

Gas Station: Shell

Address: 7155 Grand Montecito Pkwy Las Vegas, NV 89149

Rating (4 out of 5 oil drops):

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Author:Chris Baccus

Just your average guy looking for the perfect street taco in a gas station now that food trucks now have twitter accounts, facebook pages, and $5,000 worth of vehicle marketing wrap.

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3 Comments on “Review: Roberto’s Taco Shop”

  1. January 14, 2012 at 11:36 pm #

    I thought you were kidding! Only CB would go to Las Vegas and do a gas station taco review. Love it as it is off the wall! When I get done with my post Las Vegas posts I may introduce you to my favorite gas station tacos in Mission, Texas.

  2. January 31, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    I never kid about tacos. 🙂

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