I went to Taqueria Guanajuato (1651 Terry Rd, Jackson) within hours of it showing up on the Restaurant Openings Report — I do love tacos! I’m glad I made it there so quickly, and I’ll be going back often.
The taqueria is a sit-down restaurant, with plenty of booths and a nice, friendly atmosphere. I was immediately given chips and some very spicy salsa.
For my meal, I ordered four tacos: al pastor, chorizo, asada, and barbacoa. When the fixings for my tacos arrived at the table, I think I said “wow” out loud (I was eating by myself, so it was weird).
It was a great spread that included two salsas (roja and verde), onions, cilantro, limes, and roasted cactus and green onions. I’ve never seen cactus as a taco condiment before, and it added a very interesting, almost musty, note. The salsas were both very good; the roja was especially complex and nicely smokey.
All of the tacos were great, too; the tortillas and all of the meats seemed fresh. My favorite taco was the pastor, which was succulent, rich, and included juicy chunks of pineapple. The chorizo, my second favorite, was spicy and bright. The menu even offered sesos (brains), which is one of the few tacos I haven’t yet tried and one that I don’t often see on menus, but I didn’t get up the nerve to try it this time.
Taqueria Guanajuato was formerly in Richland on Highway 49. I had always meant to go to that location but never made it there, and am thrilled that it’s now in Jackson. It is much closer to downtown than the other good taquerias of Jackson, so it will be a regular lunch stop for me. I look forward to trying the rest of the menu (which includes breakfast, soups, menudo, pozole, and tortas). And although it wasn’t on the menu, one of the employees told me they will be serving tamales on the weekends.
The restuarant is open every day, all day—I’m not sure of the hours, but give them a call at (601) 936-9199.