Tuesday is my favorite day of the week! Why? Because it’s Taco Tuesday at Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar in Annapolis Towne Centre!
Last week we went with our friends, Lee and Linda who have become very fond of Paladar in general, and Taco Tuesday, in particular. Lee is vegan and was interested when I told him about Paladar and even more interested when he discovered that there were vegan selections on the menu. He told us that he has set out to try a new vegan item there each week! He calls the Cuban black bean soup “the best in the world!”
On Taco Tuesday, soft tacos are $2.95 each and there are several types from which to choose: blackened fish, grilled sweet potato, Rio chicken, Cuban braised beef, Chorizo & goat cheese and slow roasted pork.
There was no question in my mind when I selected two blackened fish tacos. I have been known to sample fish tacos where ever I find them on the menu, in search of the best. In Annapolis, Paladar has the best for the following reasons: they are prepared with a generous piece of well seasoned grilled fish that fills up and sometimes extends outside of the taco (some other restaurants use small chunks), and they dress the tacos with pickled jicama (a delicious crunchy root vegetable, cut in strips), pineapple, shredded cabbage and pickled red onions. They also serve cilantro adobo sauce that I asked for on the side.
Paul ordered one blackened fish taco and one grilled sweet potato taco. The latter consisted of seared sweet potatoes and hearts of palm with pinto beans, shredded cabbage, green onions, tomatillo salsa, and roasted garlic-pasilla aioli. How do they fit it all on the taco? Paul and I decided to share a side order of sauteed spinach with golden raisins, which was wonderful! Last time we split the quinoa with sweet corn and yucca that I liked very much (not Paul).
Linda also had two grilled sweet potato tacos, and Lee enjoyed the tropical hearts of palm salad. It contained hearts of palm tossed with diced mango, fresh avocado, tomatoes, black beans, and tropical vinaigrette. He ate every morsel and said it was absolutely delicious! He and Linda shared a side order of sweet potato fries which looked amazing. We discussed smoky corn grits with the waitress for another time (not me).
For Paul and me, this very satisfying lunch with excellent service came to a total of $17.98 plus tip. What a bargain! Not only that, but we also have a Paladar Rewards card that keeps track of points that are added based on the bill. They calculate double points for lunch! What will we get for the points? More of this great food, I’m sure!