Tacos at Taqueria La Original

Taqueria La Original: a taqueria option for the north side

by | November 12, 2010 | 17 Comments

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Taqueria La Original in Oklahoma City

It should come as no surprise that we love Taquerias here at EatAroundOKC. Over the years, we’ve brought many of Oklahoma City’s lesser-known but amazingly tasty taquerias and taco trucks into the spotlight including Taqueria Los Comales (one of the highest-rated restaurants on our site), Taqueria Los Desvelados, Taqueria Sanchez, Chalo’s Tacos and many more.

The majority of these tasty gems tend to be located in South Oklahoma City, but recently, we’ve seen more of them opening on the north side. Taqueria La Original is one of these new, north-side taqueria options. They’re currently open at NW 10th and Rockwell and they will soon be opening a second location near Sante Fe and Memorial Road. That’s great taqueria news for those who live farther north.

Taqueria La Original is a straight-out, authentic taqueria. If you’re unfamiliar with what makes a good taqueria, be sure to check out some of our other taqueria reviews. The service at La Original is very friendly and, at least the times I’ve been there, there’s been no language barrier for non-Spanish-speakers like me as the guy at the counter spoke fluent English.

La Original does all of the basics well, but what really sets them apart is their focus on their meats. In my opinion, the meats they serve have an edge over many of the other places. And since the meats really are the focus of a taqueria-style taco, this is a great thing.

If you ask them what’s good, they’ll tell you the pork (carnitas) is their specialty, and I’d have to agree. The first time I ate there, it was quite possibly the best carnitas I’ve had (see a pic). The meat was moist but not overly fatty or greasy. It looked and tasted great. The second time I went, it had just a little more of the typical carnitas fat, but it was still very good.

I also thought the barbacoa was exceptional (see a pic). Most barbacoa I’ve had has been extremely fatty and greasy, but at La Original, it was anything but. Still moist and with a deep, intriguing flavor, this meat may have surpassed the carnitas for me.

When you order your tacos, they’ll ask you if you want the sauces. They have a red and a green sauce and they can mix either one or both of them in with the meats when they prepare your taco. I’ve always just had them put the sauces on the side. I didn’t really like the red sauce that much, but the green sauce was great. In a future visit, I’m going to have to try having them mix the green sauce in for me and see how that affects things. For your first visit, I recommend getting the sauces on the side so you can taste the meats on their own.

On my second visit, I brought my eight year old son with me. Now, my son is a fairly picky eater, but he loves meat so I figured this was a great place for him. I also intrigued him by telling him he could eat some cow tongue. To my surprise, he was all up for it. So, we tried the lengua.

I’ve only had lengua once before and I remember it being thin, a little tough, and with a rough texture from what I can only imagine are the taste buds. But the lengua at La Original was thick, smooth-textured, extremely tender, and with a rich flavor much like roast beef. My son said he liked it, though he prefered the carne asada and the barbacoa. The softer texture of the lengua took some getting used to, but the flavor of it here was really good.

Like most taquerias, chips don’t come for free here. But that’s because, at least here at La Original, they are frying them up fresh when you order them. I got some chips for my son and myself. They aren’t cheap at $2.50 for a basket, but they were some of the best chips we’d had (see a pic). The chips are also served with the same red and green sauces used on the tacos.

Speaking of pricing, Taqueria La Original is on the high side for taqueria tacos. It’s $1.65 per taco. Now, that’s still a good deal, but compare it to $1.50 at Los Comales, $1.25 at places like Chalo’s and $1 or less at many of the taco trucks around. I think the little bit of premium is worth it given the care they are putting into their meats and the fact that their tacos include more meat than places like Chalo’s, but it’s just something to keep in mind.

La Original also sells their meats by the pound, which is a great option if you want to take it home and make your own tacos or use it however you wish.

They also serve Aguas Frescas. Their pina (pineapple) and horchata (rice milk) are homemade. If you’ve never tried aguas frescas, you should give it a go just to see what you think. I’ve had the pina here twice and really enjoyed it. Horchata is also great and is like nothing else you’ve ever tasted.

There’s only one thing I wish Taqueria La Original could add to their menu — breakfast tacos. There are far too few breakfast taco options in town. Maybe one day …

Taqueria La Original is a great addition to Oklahoma City’s already delightful selection of taquerias. The fact that they are expanding into some locations that don’t offer many taqueria options is a great thing, in my opinion. Hopefully, they’ll find some success and encourage other taqueria operators to do the same.

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  • PBaird says:
    November 12th, 2010 at 10:24 am   

    I agree on the goodness of their meats…very tasty. Their green sauce is amazing and worth a visit by itself. Fast, friendly service and very filling tacos…what more could you ask for?

  • Jackie says:
    November 12th, 2010 at 10:43 am   

    One of my favorites! Tacos and burritos- never get fast food tacos when you have a nearby option like this. I think the prices are great for the value

  • Cindy says:
    November 12th, 2010 at 11:35 am   

    I’m going to have to try this, as it’s fairly near work. The tacos look fantastic.

  • Holly says:
    November 12th, 2010 at 12:02 pm   

    Looking forward to the northside location!

  • Lee says:
    November 12th, 2010 at 8:31 pm   

    Glad to hear of a new taquaria coming to the Edmond area. For a north-side taqueria and authentic Mexican restaurant, my absolute favorite is Carnitas Michoacan, which is located at 2nd and Fretz in Edmond next to the Full Cup. They have great tacos (carnitas, lengua, pescado and mucho more). The meats are great and the salsa bar is even better. I highly recommend it for tacos and burritos. I keep saying that I’m going to try something else, but the tacos are so good, I end up ordering them every time I go there (weekly).

  • Andrew says:
    November 13th, 2010 at 9:58 am   

    Not my favorite OKC taqueria, but it was literally around the corner from home. I didn’t like their al pastor or red sauce either, but the other options were always good. Another bonus was they typically would always give me a free small cup of horchata while I waited for my tacos. I love a good cup of horchata.

  • Jeromy says:
    December 3rd, 2010 at 9:04 pm   

    Tried this one based on this article. My wife and I enjoyed a rare night away from our 1 year old and decided to try it. We really enjoyed this one. We had four beef and four chicken tacos along with beef nachos. The nachos were prepared different then i’ve ever had but were pretty good. The tacos were really good, good amount of meet and just the right amount of grease. Thanks for the review!

  • Tim says:
    December 4th, 2010 at 11:03 am   

    Jeromy, so glad you enjoyed La Original! Thanks for the comment.

  • Tim says:
    December 7th, 2010 at 7:12 am   

    So, last night I ordered some meats from La Original and took them home. $6.99 gets you a pound of any meat and it comes with lots of corn tortillas, onions, cilantro, lime wedges and the sauces – everything you need to have a “make your own taco night” at home. You can also get a half pound for $4. I got a pound of the carnitas and 1/2 pound of the carne asada. I thought this was a great way to enjoy what they have to offer. Give it a shot sometime.

  • Lance says:
    December 8th, 2010 at 10:25 pm   

    My favorite taqueria. My kids love it too. Their chicken is bomb! Especially as nachos. Gorditas aren’t too shabby either. Plus the workers are great. Love this place!

  • Stephanie says:
    December 10th, 2010 at 1:50 pm   

    The new location is now open, and I’m looking forward to trying it.

  • Jeromy says:
    January 14th, 2011 at 4:03 pm   

    We tried the new one a few weeks ago just after they had opened. I personally didn’t think the beef/chicken tasted as good as the original location. I think this had to do with the lack of customers because the food tasted a little stale. The staff though were as nice and courtious as the other location and we’re going back tonight to give it another try.

  • Kurt says:
    January 15th, 2011 at 11:13 pm   

    We went to the new location on Memorial tonight and it was great! I had the tacos al pastor and the barbacoa and my companion had the carne asada enchiladas. Also had the pineapple agua fresca which was very tasty and refreshing. Good food, friendly service. I’ll definitely be back. Only complaint: the chairs look cool, but are really uncomfortable!

  • Janice says:
    January 25th, 2011 at 11:23 pm   

    The carne asada Tortas are really good I just miss washing them down with the aguas frescas they originally had the consistancy recently changed I don’t know why. Other than that the food and service are good.

  • Josh says:
    June 6th, 2011 at 8:02 pm   

    My wife and I go to the one on Memorial all the time. The people are friendly, the place is clean, the food is great, and the prices are reasonable. It doesn’t get much better!

  • Anon Reader Dude says:
    August 16th, 2011 at 11:20 pm   

    My wife and I keep an eye peeled for Tim’s reviews on this site, and he does not disappoint here. We tried the carnitas and asada tacos at La Original’s Memorial Rd location and they were fresh and delicious.

    The tortilla chips are also well worth ordering; they appeared to have been freshly fried. Hearty, crisp, not greasy; great.

    We disagree with you about the red salsa, though! We enjoyed it much, especially with the beef. The sauce is bright with vinegar, and savory, but that is actually a traditional approach. Adobo chile marinade (mmmm) is generally made with vinegar.

    It can be hard to find good salsa heat in this town. Both the green and red salsas at La Original were feisty with chiles but balanced in flavor. Delicious.

    PS: That $6.99 / lb for take-home meats for “taco night” is a SCREAMING deal given the quality of the meats here. We will have to try it!

  • My Name is Earl says:
    August 28th, 2011 at 3:04 pm   

    My wife and I went to the Memorial location for lunch today. Pollo was flavorful and not dry at all. The carnitas were good, but the carne asada was the best of the three. All reasonably priced and plentiful. A little spicier than she’d hoped, but I thought it was great! Hours Monday through Saturday are 10:00a-8:30p, Sunday 11:00a-6:00p.

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