Taqueria El Cazador 2

23 Oct 2010
Cheap Eat (up to $7)
Downtown Huntsville
4 out of 5
Melanie’s Take During halftime of the Auburn game, Shane and I ran over to the place we call the “Mexican bus.” We’d never been there before, but passed by it many times and knew we had to give it a try. In case you are apprehensive about getting food from a renovated school bus, don’t be. This place is a cleverly used and super clean place to get some authentic Mexican food. There is bar seating along the sides of the bus for up to ten and there is additional seating under a pavilion outside the bus.
We weren’t in the market for a full meal, so we decided to share the tacos. For $5, you get four tacos with your choice of meat. The choices include chicken, steak, pork, beef tongue, beef cheek, and tripe. We chose two chicken tacos and two steak tacos. The tacos came wrapped in a double-layer corn tortilla with diced onions and lots of cilantro. Marinated onions, carrots, and jalapeƱos were served on the side with two salsas. I absolutely loved the freshness of the food. I am a big cilantro fan, so they were right up my alley. We will definitely be returning to try some of their other food.

Shane’s Take

Earlier this year, The Huntsville Times published an interesting article on Huntsville’s “10 Oddest Eateries“, describing bizarre places to eat, like a car wash, an athletic club, and, as Melanie called it, “the Mexican bus”. As time permits and our palates allow, I imagine we’ll try a few places on the list; on Saturday, we tried the bus. The bus looks a little shady from the outside, it’s in a less desirable part of town (as far as Huntsville goes), and it’s busy all times of the day, whether it’s noon or 9:00 pm on a Wednesday night. All of this means that they’re selling drugs or good food. Fortunately for both us and them, they were selling good food on Saturday. As Melanie said, we split the $5 plate of tacos. I didn’t know what to expect, but the food was really good. I really enjoyed the flavor and texture of the corn tortillas, and the meat had a nice texture and a flavorful light seasoning. I also enjoyed the unique side of pickled carrots, jalapeƱos, and fresh onions. The hot sauce was really hot, but it still had a nice flavor; I really appreciated that it was both hot and flavorful, not tasting like liquid fire but like salsa with a touch of fire. Regarding atmosphere, the bus definitely is as urban as Huntsville gets. It doesn’t look like much from the outside–and the ramshackle covered picnic table next to it doesn’t help it–but the inside, covered with stainless steel from top to bottom, is quite nice. Overall, I found the atmosphere to be pleasant but not boring and novel but not overbearing. When we return, I hope we can eat our meal inside and order a nice Jalisco drink to go with the food. El Cazador definitely gets my recommendation, and I hope we can return soon for a full meal and a follow-up review. Some final thoughts:
  • You’re bound to ask it, so I’ll answer: Yes, the bus accepts credit cards.
  • I really like that the menu includes tax. When we say $5 plate, that means we gave a $5 bill and got our food.
  • I’ve eaten a lot of Mexican food, but I have no idea what makes for authentic Mexican food. That being said, my gut says El Cazador may be serving actual real Mexican food.
  • “Light” and “fresh” really describe the food best. It doesn’t have that heavy oh-my-stomach-hurts feeling to it.
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