At turns I disagree with our readers on Indy Best Of
picks, and that’s fine (all’s fair in subjectivity). T-Byrd’s just won for best tacos. I hadn’t visited since my mid-2016 review
, in which I cited a need for maturation. I don’t think it’s helped, as too many items fail to pop. I say that after recent visits to Denver’s Tacos Tequila Whiskey, a benchmark with killer tacos — on average cheaper than T-Byrd’s ($3.95 to $4.50). Bland, oily carnitas are one sad example, strongly in need of seasoning; even pickled onions lack proper acidic punch. Orange slaw’s buried by a strong charcoal flavor on shrimp tacos, and Colorado trout’s mute under dairy accents. Some credit: the Pickled Pig at least tastes like barbecue, and a fried Sriracha ranch chicken, though tame in spice, tastes nice from queso fundido. Kudos also for proper gooey fattiness on the Fire Belly tacos. My Paloma margarita ($9) is too bitter with grapefruit juice, not sweet-balanced, though.