Pizza and tacos. That’s what comes to mind when I think of cheap food. You can find lots of inexpensive places selling these two things–maybe not both in one spot, but that would actually be kind of awesome. Luckily, they happen to be freakin’ delicious foods too. During one of my very frequent I-have-no-money-but-I-need-to-eat moments, I realized that I didn’t have to sacrifice something taste in order to not spend a lot of cash. Hence, tacos.
I haven’t spent too much time eating around Bushwick, but when I was visiting a friend who lives there, we thought it would be the perfect time to check out its pretty well-known taco scene. There are a few, well-rated taco joints in the neighborhood, but we decided to go to Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos because it had the most reviews/highest rating on Yelp. Um, plus, it’s in a tortilla factory. Oh yeahhhh.
When you walk into Los Hermanos, it seems like you’re entering a normal, narrow to-go taco place, but that’s just one part of the space. There’s the main area with the order counter and a few tables, but then you can go through a couple of other doorways into the larger, tortilla factory area where it’s a much more open and there’s much more seating. Basically, it’s like they just decided to let people sit and eat in their warehouse or garage.
To order food here, you go up to the counter, take a note card, write down your order, name, and whether you’re staying or it’s to-go. There was some confusion after this point about whether to just place the card in the queue with the others and pay when I got my order or to hand my card to the cashier and pay first, but it seemed like people were doing both. I went the first route.
You can get either taquitos, tacos, tostadas, tortas, picadas, or quesadillas here with your choice of chorizo (sausage), carne enchilada (spicy pork), carnitas (pork), pollo (chicken), bistec (steak), cecina (salted beef), and vegetariano (meat lovers’–lol just kidding, obviously vegetarian). Everything is around $2 to $3, with tacos being $2.50 each. And you could’ve guessed…it’s cash only.
I decided to get three tacos–chicken, spicy pork, and salted beef. The tacos are served with two tortillas each and totally stuffed. I think once upon a time Los Hermanos put free avocado on everything, but not so anymore. Although cheese and avocadoes are extra, they add lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and what I think is a queso fresco sauce for free. I’ve never had salted beef before (it’s just what it sounds like), and it was my favorite. The place has little containers of salsa around so make sure you grab one of those, because it really puts the tacos over the top. We totally hogged one for just us two.
So, getting full for $7.50 is not bad at all. Who am I kidding…it’s awesome!! Plus it was just a fun/funny experience eating at these fold-out tables in a tortilla factory in Bushwick with all the other people people here, just hanging out. Did I mention the place is BYOB? If this isn’t a hole in the wall, then I don’t know what is. Then again, Anthony Bourdain gave this place his stamp of approval, so I think the lids been blown. Oh well, tacos for everyone!
Chicken taco, spicy pork taco, salted beef taco
271 Starr St
Brooklyn, NY 11237