Taco Bar itself shares a sidewalk with the gas station’s convenience store where you have to pass the cases of cold beer and shelves stocked with wine to get to the register. Even at 11:30 in the morning, this place was packed. The cashier took orders in English and Spanish. I got all of the taco options (al pastor, suadero, chorizo, pollo, and bistec, all $2.69 each, and $2.99 for lengua). The homemade corn tortillas come double-stacked and filled with a hefty helping of meat. I added cilantro and a squeeze of lime to each, but let me tell you something—the pollo is incredible. I ate it on its own. Extremely juicy and tender, it’s cooked in a tomatoey marinade, then shredded. The al pastor is porky with a nice char, and the suadero, Mexican-style grilled rib meat, was shredded and then griddled. The suadero is like the hash browns of meat: crusty parts that met the griddle mixed with tender, juicy pieces that got warmed through.
Taco Bar 10003 Fields Road, Gaithersburg MD 20878 (map); 301-987-0376; tacobarwashingtonian.com