Off the Eaten Path: Taco Taco 

Delicioso street-style tacos next to Cannella's

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If you've enjoyed a tasty meal at Cannella's Italian Restaurant in recent years, chances are it was cooked and created by Chef Alberto Higuera Calderon. Well, Alberto and Cannella's now jointly operate a stellar taqueria in downtown Salt Lake City, appropriately called Taco Taco.

The pocket-size eatery - no more than three or four indoor tables, with more outdoor seating in warm weather - is located adjacent to Cannella's in the space that was formerly home to Amore Pizza & Gelato.

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Taco Taco features Mexican street-style tacos, as well as burritos, quesadillas, chips and salsa, rice and beans, guacamole, south-of-the-border salads, a killer salsa bar, imported Mexican sodas, cervezas and more.

My favorite Taco Taco street-style taco is the immensely flavorful carne asada taco. OMG, I could eat a pile of them! Other taco, burrito, and quesadilla fillings include zucchini blossoms, al pastor, chicken, and chicken with mole negro.

Taco prices run $2.50-$2.75; burritos are $8-$9, and quesadillas are $8-$8.50. Cold Mexican brews like Tecate, Corona, Pacifico, and my favorite, Negra Modelo cost $3-$5. In addition, Taco Taco also offers a "beerita" as well as well drinks, house wine, and Margaritas. Ole!

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