Taking a break from Europe, I'm going to talk about one of my favorite discoveries while travelling: Tres Carnales in Edmonton. I wouldn't say Edmonton is a foodies dream by any means, but there are a few hidden gems if you really look around.
Despite how much I never want to go back to Edmonton, this is the one place that might be able to convince me.
At first glance, Tres Carnales seems like a kitchy, over-the-top place, trying-too-hard Tex Mex joint. A quick look at the menu, however, suggests otherwise. Authentic Mexican tacos like arrachera, al pastor and pollo asado are the kinds of things that were on the menu back in Playa de Carmen, Mexico. On top of that that, you can get your filling in a Torta (a large bread pocket) and they have a wicked selection of cervezas. I knew I was in for a treat.
I got basic tacos with chorizo, something that I've had at a few different places, while my friends each got the Torta with different fillings. I do I have to say I was very impressed as the tacos were very authentic. The first thing I noticed is that, unlike a typical North American Tex-mex taco, the tacos from Tres Carnales come in small soft shells, just like all the places that I went to in Mexico.
The toppings were all delicious and the Tortas even got the thumbs up from my coworker who said it was just like back home in Ecuador.
I'd even go as far to say that the tacos here were better than some of the ones that I tried back in Mexico, and they're much closer. Although, I'd still choose Mexico over Edmonton.
- Donnie the Foodie
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