We looked at the menu and Tammy couldn’t find the Huaraches on the menu and thought it was a different place. I saw them on a blackboard below the main menu signage and pointed them out. We ordered a couple of them each. Hers with beef and mine just beans no cheese. She also ordered an asada burrito. We also ordered a couple of Jarritos. She wanted fruit punch, I wanted the mandarin orange.
We sat at a table and waited for our food to be cooked. It arrived hot and fresh. We noticed a couple of differences between the way this location cooks them vs the one on SW 44th st. First it looks like they deep fried the corn “soles” here, where at the other location they fry them on the flat top. I liked the flat topped version better. I think Tammy did too. It was a bit too hard and greasy deep fried, it was nice to have a soft top that was easy to cut through with a fork. Also Tammy’s meat was different. She kept on thinking it was chicken or pork because it was a bit paler in color and a different texture. She even asked the front counter person about it and she assured us it was beef. I think what they did was cook it ahead of time and then held it in warm water and grease to make things easier and faster. This made for hers to be soggy and the meat to not be that great and flavorful. The masa bottom was almost swimming in that juice. The location on SW 44th cooked the meat to order on the flat top and it was a lot better tasting and had better texture.
She thought her burrito was dry. It was just ok. Again the burrito at the one on 44th was a lot better she thought. I even thought that the hot sauces were more flavorful and hotter at the other location as well. I found myself putting on more and more hot sauce as I continued to eat my meal. After I ate my meal I looked around a bit and noticed that they have Valentina’s hot sauce on the table and I wish I would have put that on my huaraches as well as their hot sauces.
Although the food wasn’t absolutely terrible and inedible, we thought that there was much need for improvement here. Maybe we came the day the laziness was alive. I think that we need to go back to see if we did indeed happen to come at a bad time. The lady who took our order was nice and friendly and the place seemed clean. It was steady when we were there. My food was made properly without having to take it back.
When we do go back, there will be another review, hopefully next time it will be better, this place is a bit closer, especially if I decide to swing by on my way to work.
Taqueria San Julian can be found at:
1130 SW 59th St (at McKinley Ave)
Oklahoma City, OK 73109