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Taco Taco

Posted - Oct. 20, 2004 at 11:45 a.m.



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One of my favorite Mexican restaurants in Utah is a friendly little place called Taco Taco, located right on Main Street in Layton. And one of the cool things about eating at Taco Taco – there’s also a location in Ogden by the way – is that chances are good at Taco Taco that you’ll get a glimpse of a movie star. That’s because Taco Taco is owned by a dapper, kind gentleman named Leon Barroso, a name I imagine our Hispanic listeners will probably recognize. Because Mr. Barroso has appeared in more than 150 movies – most of them made in Mexico – including Carta Brava in 1949, El Supermacho in 1960 and Rosario in 1971. He’s also done extensive work in television and theater.

But now Leon Barroso is playing a new role as restaurant owner, and it’s a role that suits him well. At Layton’s Taco Taco – a place filled with photos from Mr. Barroso’s films – I especially like the dinner special called Tampiquena. It’s a big plate with charbroiled top sirloin steak, an enchilada, freshly made rice, refried beans and tortillas, all for under 10 bucks. I also devoured a yummy chile verde burrito at Taco Taco. It’s a soft flour tortilla stuffed with tender pork and smothered in a really fresh tasting green chile sauce. It’s dee-lish!

Early risers might want to check out the Buenos Dias breakfast menu at Taco Taco with everything from American pancakes to Mexican chilaquiles and huevos rancheros.

And Service at Taco Taco is as friendly as I’ve found anywhere. It’s obvious that Taco Taco’s friendly attitude begins up at the top, with a warm and graceful movie star turned restaurateur named Leon Barroso.

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