Hunger Street Tacos: Real Mexican food, street art and an amazing vibe
If you’re on Instagram, you’ve probably seen tons of Orlando foodies posting and talking about Hunger Street Tacos, and I just couldn’t stay behind! I showed G their Instagram feed and we were sold in less than a minute, their food really caught our eye.
We were greeted by Joe, who took us inside and ordered for us the best things in the menu, you know I love getting recommendations from owners and employees and that’s just what we did this time. Meanwhile, G and I were busy taking pictures and looking around. Their place is even better looking than their food, and that’s saying a lot.
What I loved the most is that, with their concept, they want to bring real Mexican food straight from Mexico D.F’s calle del hambre (hunger street in Spanish, hence their name), while supporting Mexican artists in all their locations (yes, they’re planning on bringing even more Hunger Street Tacos!). Every new restaurant will be inspired in a different Mexican muralist and will support his/her artwork, which I find incredibly cool. After all, this is what really catches people attention. Their image and overall aesthetics really bring something different to the Orlando/Winter Park area.
But you know we weren’t here just to take a look around. We came for the food,
and probably so did you.
To get a real taste of Hunger Street Tacos, we had a little bit of their best sellers and what Joe feels represents Mexican food in the best way possible.
To begin, G and I shared some esquites, which is a corn dish with a really sweet taste, and some spice at the end. The corn complements the chile greatly and, to me, it wasn’t too spicy. They serve it as a side so it can go with some tacos, or you can share it as an ‘appetizer’ if you’re with someone else. Definitely worth trying, specially if you haven’t tried them before (I’ve been to Mexico DF but never tried esquites and boy, I was missing something great!).
We then had a bite of the Chicken Tinga Tostada. When I first read all it had, it kind of made me wonder how were they going to be able to fit all that stuff into just one crisp tortilla, but hey, they’re the geniuses behind all this and they surely know how to do a great and tasty chicken tostada.
If you’re like me and you love chorizo, this is going to taste like heaven to you. Chipotle gives it a spicy flavor but nothing you can’t tolerate, it’s definitely spicy enough for you to feel it but not so strong that you wouldn’t be able to finish the whole tostada. The crisp corn tortilla gives it a special crunchiness that I really enjoyed, but it can make the whole experience a little messier. Definitely not something that I’d order on the first date given how clumsy I am, but since G and I have been together for a while, I really didn’t mind. It was totally worth it.
Also, bonus points for the avocado on top. Who doesn’t love these kinds of toppings?
If you saw that last picture and are wondering what’s that crunchy thing in the back, let me introduce you to the greatest and cheesiest thing you’ll taste: it’s called chicharrón de queso, and their menu describes it as a ‘seared cheese wheel, served with guac and salsa’. Joe also called it ‘carb-free guac and chips’
but definitely not guilt free.
You better believe G, being the cheese lover that he is, went crazy over this, and so did I. The crunchy texture is so great and the cheese pairs amazingly with the guacamole. I’d never would have thought of mixing these two together, but I now thank Hunger Street Tacos for bringing this into my life. You can’t miss this!
Now we’ll go with my absolute favorite (I’m not exaggerating, I went again just to eat this taco and some of their guac): Hibiscus & guac taco. It’s as simple as that. This is a vegetarian dish but believe me, it doesn’t taste vegetarian at all. I don’t mean to offend anyone with this last comment, it’s just that sometimes when I taste something that’s vegan, vegetarian or gluten free, even if it’s good, it’s not usually as good as “normal food”, but that wasn’t the case here. I couldn’t even believe this was vegetarian, because of the hibiscus’ texture, it felt like shredded beef, and the mixture between that and guac was just like heaven in my mouth.
I only gave G a taste of this one so I could eat the rest when we were done trying the other tacos. I wanted to leave a bite of my favorite dish for the end.
Yes, I know. We eat way too much. But we’re almost done!
We closed our taco part of this foodventure with a campechano taco which, to me, comes second in place if I had to pick a favorite from Hunger Street Tacos. It depends on what you like, but I’d definitely recommend trying this and the Hibiscus & Guac when you go!
Chorizo is always a great complement to any other meat, but with brisket the pairing is just out of this world. There’s no way to describe this with words, you just need to try it for yourself. Also, did I mention that their guac and salsa are always super fresh? I feel like this is key to delivering great food. Joe told us they take really great care of their ingredients and sources in order to keep a true Mexican taste all the time, and having tasted all of this, I totally believed him when he said so.
When it comes to drinks, you really need to ask for their fresh drinks. We had what Joe likes to call a ‘Mexican Arnold Palmer’ which was the fresh drink we needed in a hot day, specially after trying the ‘salsa de 41 chiles’, which is a really spicy salsa that of course G loved. This drink was just the right amount of sweet and I definitely recommend trying it just to taste something other than the regular soda.
When it was the time for dessert, Joe brought us their special: the xocoflan. It was a-ma-zing. It took them six months to come up with the ideal recipe but let me tell you, it was worth the wait. The richness of the dark chocolate complements the flan in a perfect way, and it’s so moist and yummy, you won’t be able to put your spoon down until you’ve had it all. I had to compete with G for the last bite
So that’s all we had on this foodventure. The food was super yummy and the whole vibe of their place makes you want to enjoy the stay and come back for more tacos the next day. But what I liked the most was their whole concept: bringing a real taste of “high-quality Mexican street food in a setting that highlights and celebrates modern Mexican culture and art” as they gracefully state in their menus. I was really pleased with my overall experience,
so much that we’ve actually been there twice already!
You really should pay them a visit and get a taste of what they offer. It’s so much more than just Mexican food. Definitely one of my favorite findings during these foodventures.
Also, follow me on Instagram and let me know if there’s a place in Orlando/Winter Park/Winter Garden I should visit! I’d love to get suggestions from you. And go follow them as well if you need another reason to visit them (you’ll hate me when you see their delicious feed!)
TL;DR: can’t miss their hibiscus & guac tacos, and you definitely need to try something with chorizo (specially the campechano taco!). If you have a sweet tooth, the xocoflan is just right for you. You can’t miss them next time you’re in Winter Park.
Hunger Street Tacos
2103 W Fairbanks Avenue,
Winter Park, FL
+1 (407) 617 1140