On last night’s Cooking Channel episode of “Best in Chow” delightful host Cris Nannarone went to British Columbia in Canada, to find their best taco. Cris took his friendly personality and love for people to search for the best taco in the seaside city of Vancouver.
Cris visited the beautiful city of Vancouver to see who had the best taco. As he met up with people on the street, he asked for their opinion. He received the same replies for three places. One woman was a cook in the Canadian Navy who raved about Sal Y Limón, while another woman raved about Tacofino. As another couple sent him to El Camino’s, he found that it is a 28-hour drive from Vancouver to Mexico, as long as you are willing to drive through Utah. So Cris decided to stay in Canada for now and seek out the best taco.
He met up with Jose “Pepe” Cedeno, who brought his taco recipes from Ecuador and Mexico where he grew up. Now head chef and co-owner of Sal Y Limón, he proceeded to make Taco Al Pastor, a concept brought to Mexico by Lebanese immigrants in the 1960s. It contains pulled pork that is marinated in 15 ingredients, including chocolate for twelve hours. As Pepe and his sous-chef made the taco for Cris, they could not help but speak Spanish as Cris attempted to understand what they were saying. After tasting the tasty treat, Cris understood everything they tried to tell him, as it was delicious. Pepe stated that his taco was not only the best in Vancouver, but the best in Canada. Made from: locally made corn tortilla, slow-roasted and grilled pork with 15 ingredients, pineapple, onion, cilantro, and chipotle salsa.
As Cris continued on his mission, he was directed to a food truck called Tacofino and told he had to try their fish taco. In addition to their food trucks, they also have a restaurant in Vancouver, so Cris went there. From the outside, it does not look like much, but inside; they have the best tacos. Cris met with Jason Sussman, the owner who introduced him to Chris Dignan, the head chef. Chris also met up with a lingcod, a very ugly fish, that is the main ingredient of their Fish Taco. Starting with a grilled flour tortilla, chunks of tempura battered fish that was deep-fried, he added chipotle mayo, shredded cabbage, salsa fresca and a squeeze of fresh lime.
One more stop before the war begins was to El Camino’s. Their logo is an homage to the Chevrolet half-car/half-truck by the same name. Here Cris will be trying the Pollo Taco made with chicken. Nick Devine is the co-owner, who is an Englishman, a poker player and a lover of Mexican food. Starting with corn tortillas grilled, he added buttermilk fried chicken on a bed of iceberg lettuce, chimichuri sauce and pico de gallo.
Cris loved the three choices so much, he was thankful that he did not have to choose. So he rounded up his team of judges, and they went to all three places to try the best of the best. Will it be the Taco al Pastor from Sal Y Limón, the Fish Taco from Tacofino or the Pollo Taco from El Camino’s?
After Cris tallied the votes, Sal Y Limón was declared the winner of the “Best in Chow” taco wars. Congratulations Pepe, and display that taco trophy proudly!
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