Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Taco Tuesday- Deagan's

It's Tuesday, and you know what that means...Taco Tuesday. Yum-- cheap and delicious tacos available all over our city. Tonight, a group of us head to Griller's Pub in Parma to check out their Taco Tuesday specials.

Last week, Tuesday took me to the infamous Deagan's Kitchen and Bar in Lakewood for their tacos. Known for having some of the best tacos around, it was time to experience it for myself. I've had their shrimp tacos off of the regular menu, and they are quite tasty. On Tuesdays, you can still get the shrimp tacos but the restaurant also offers several other options. This time, that included five varities of tacos for $2 - $3.50 each (Dining Deals Alert!), and one Taco of the Week ($3.50). Deagan's is one of my favorite restaurants, so I was really looking forward to this meal. It didn't disappoint.

My friend and I decided to share the Halloumi and Melon salad, a new item on the menu.
Halloumi cheese is a great grilling cheese, and perfect for this kind of salad. It paired well with the watermelon, giving us a refreshing last taste of summer.

I decided to get one Spicy Shrimp taco (tillamook white cheddar, spicy mayo, guacamole, and cilantro), one Baja Fish taco (slaw, radish, lime, spicy mayo, guacamole, and cilantro), and one of the special tacos-- a Pork Carnitas Taco with grilled onions and peppers, white cheddar, and soy chile jam.
The fish taco is to the left, and the special is to the right of the plate. The shrimp taco barely had any contents in it, so it weakly folded up in the middle. My least favorite taco was the fish taco. It was cod, and a little boring in flavor. They got rid of their ahi tuna taco with the recent menu changes, which we were sad to see. The shrimp taco sauce was flavorful with a slight hint of heat to it, but there were barely any toppings. It needed a crunch factor. The pork special taco was my favorite of the bunch, but extremely juicy and messy. It doused the plate in juices, so I was glad that I had saved it for last.

Overall, the tacos were very good, fresh, and had nice balance in texture and flavor. Little tweaks here and there would rank them higher for my personal taste, but no one can deny that it is a good taco for a reasonable price. Their taco night is very popular, so plan to arrive early if you can. Parking is in the rear (why does that sound dirty?).

At this point, I personally think that Touch Supper Club's tacos still reign supreme in the gourmet taco category. But not by much. Deagan's was a close second. Check them out on Thursdays to compare for yourself.

Deagan's Kitchen and Bar
14810 Detroit Road
Lakewood, OH 44107