Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Senor Roy's

Last week I ate at Senor Roy's twice. Senor Roy's is a big truck, just like Cafe de Wheels, that comes downtown a lot during lunch hours. Senor Roy's serves tacos and burritos and more of the mexican items. Being that it was my first time there, I didn't know how the whole "system" worked. So I started down at one end of the truck looking at one menu. There I chose to get two chicken tacos (I had heard from a co-worker that two tacos was plenty to eat, he was right). Then I was told to move down the line to the other end of the truck where another, yet different, menu was located. I tried to figure out what they all had from this menu, but it wasn't too clear and I ended up just asking a lot of questions until I got something that sounds somewhat good. It didn't turn out the best. It was good, don't get me wrong, but I just didn't get as much stuff as I could because I didn't know what they all had since the menu was confusing.

None-the-less, I went back two days later with a co-worker and got one chick and one steak taco. This time I came prepared. I had looked at the website prior to going this time, so I knew all the additional things I could add on my tacos. This time I got shredded cheese, pico de gallo, corn, mild picante, rice, pickled red onions and I think that was it, but it was much better than the first time when I only got rice, corn and diced tomatos on my chicken tacos.

Both times the chicken had very little flavor and was almost dry tasting. I kept comparing it to something I would make at home, which would be just throwing some chicken on a grill or skillet and throwing a little salt and pepper on them without doing much else. We actually told one of the workers as he walked past us while we were eating that they might think of blackening the chicken to give it some more flavor. He said that he would mention it to the higher ups, not sure if he did or not. Either way, the second time was much better than the first since I actually had some flavor in my tacos. I also got some guac and chips the second time and that was pretty good and by adding the guac to my taco, it also helped with the flavor. The guac and the chips, however, were not as good as Chipotle's.

It is hard not to compare it to Chipotle since that is the only other place I go on a regular basis for tacos/burritos, but I have a hard time comparing the two. Chipotle is sort of a "fast food" type joint which I only hear bad things about the food quality and nutrition. Where Senor Roy's tasted very natural and like I said before, "homemade". On most days if I had to choose between the two places, I would sadly have to say Chipotle because I think I am addicted to it. I have a hard time spending over $6 anywhere for food because I know I could get a chicken burrito from Chipotle for that much. I think I may need help.

I still think you ought to try this place out. They do offer a lot more choices than what I get on my tacos and they do stack on the meat and sides (make sure to ask for a fork). When you do go and check it out, let me know what you got and how it was.

SeƱor Roy's Taco Patrol (Food Truck) on Urbanspoon


  1. I don't know anything about Senor Roy's but I can attest to the fact that Chipotle uses all natural meats and is the only national
    restaurant company with a significant commitment to local and organic produce. They serve more naturally raised meat (from animals that are raised in a humane way, never given antibiotics or added hormones, and fed a pure vegetarian diet) than any other restaurant company. They were also the first national restaurant company to serve dairy products (cheese and sour
    cream) made with milk from cows that are not treated with the synthetic hormone rBGH. I'm not sure where you are hearing about the bad food quality and nutrition, but I'd encourage you to read all the information on their website. It is pretty much the exact opposite.

  2. sweet, another reason to like it even more! The main places I hear it are from physical trainers, such as the one my wife is using. He told her to stop eating there. If anything I just think people should start cutting their burritos in half because the portion size is huge. And stop getting the bad things such as sour cream loaded on their burritos hahaha. I have always heard (from Chipotle) that they were all natural and I had always thought it was pretty healthy, but people have made me believe otherwise. Thanks Ed for letting the truth be known! ps: now I want some Chipotle, but we are actually going to a different Mexican restaurant for lunch. I will let you know how it is in a couple of hours.

  3. It's not so much the quality of Chipotle's ingredients that make it unhealthy as it is the portion size. Cutting back on the cheese and sour cream is a start, plus there are a lot calorie savings by opting for the burrito bowl instead of the flour tortilla.

    This Chipotle calculator is fun:

  4. i really like senor roys. the biggest problem is that it's just not consistent. the pork is their specialty. it's awesome. but, sometimes it's more awesome and sometimes it's more bleehhhh. if they can get a consistent flavor down they'll be unstopable.