I’ve been hearing about the tacos at Monon Food Company for quite some time. So I finally decided to see what all the buzz is about. In case you haven’t been to Monon Food Company, you should know they do a heck of a lot more than tacos. Their dinner menu features sandwiches, salads, pizzas and entrees like salmon, meatloaf, ribs and mac and cheese. They also serve brunch on the weekends. But this visit was just about the tacos.
For under $8, you get two massive tacos. Seriously, these things are more like open-faced burritos. Unfortunately, some of the tacos really stand out, others are just so-so, and in my opinion one is just awful. My first bite was of the Chipotle Fish taco, which is Tilapia with chipotle mayonnaise, cabbage, pico de gallo and guacamole. The Tilapia was really tender and the toppings nice and crunchy–this was my hands down favorite. The MOFOCO Pork, which is their house-specialty pork with carmelized onions, pico de gallo and a cumin lime sauce was also quite good. It made me want to try some of the other pork items on their menu.
The Carne Asada taco landed in the so-so category for me. Carne Asada is a highly seasoned beef so I was expecting a really flavorful taco. It was good, but not great, and really paled in comparison to the fish taco.
Here’s where it gets ugly. The Jamaican Jerk taco was the worst thing I’ve eaten in recent memory. It was like eating chicken marinated in perfume. The only thing remotely Jamaican about it was the mango because it definitely didn’t taste like jerk seasoning. I even inquired about the perfumy taste and was informed it was the mango. I know what mango tastes like, and it does have a slightly floral edge to it. This was not the mango causing me to want to spit my food into my napkin. It was something in the chicken and it was terribly wrong.
Everyone has a bad night every now and then and maybe this was just a bad night for jerk chicken. The rest of the tacos were good, and the fish was really great, so overall I would recommend the tacos at Monon Food Company. And I’m looking forward to sampling the rest of their menu, particularly brunch. I’ll let you know when I do!
For quick service, a pleasant atmosphere, decent food and huge portions, I give tacos at Monon Food Company an overall rating of 2.00. Here’s the breakdown:
Deliciousness = 1.75 (would’ve been a 2 if it weren’t for the jerk chicken)
Ambiance = 2.00
Quality of Service = 2.00
Bang for Your Buck = 2.50
Price = $$