T27 features three daily specials that should be considered as you’re seated. To start, there’s a guacamole of the day. Then the taco of the day. One evening I enjoyed a heavenly beef tongue (lengua) taco ($6.49 or $12.99) that I’m still anxiously waiting to see on the menu every day (hint, hint!). There’s also a fish of the day. These are all listed on the wall chalkboard that also features artistically drawn tequila bottles—all offered on the extensive drink menu.
Tacos are really the star at T27. Orders come in either two or four of one flavor. If you want to mix and match, go with a group, each order a different taco and then share.
Each of the regular menu tacos comes on housemade corn tortillas and is paired with a specific slaw/vegetable and sauce combination. Fish tacos ($6.75 or $13.50) come grilled or fried with tamarindo’s slaw, a kicky cilantro-lime crema and out-of-this-world jalapeno tartar sauce. You’ll find a different fish featured each day in the fish tacos.
Carnitas ($6 or $12) feature citrus-marinated pork dressed with a smoky, charred tomatillo salsa; pickled red onions for bite and crunchy chicharones—because two kinds of pork are better than one. Duck confit tacos ($6.50 or $13) with shredded duck, slowly cooked in its own fat and topped with roasted vegetables and a chipotle crema are another unique option. Or, get the P.B.L.T.A. ($6.50 or $13) pork belly with avocado and jalapeno mayo—salty, hot and delicious!
To complement your tacos, imbibe in one of the many 100 percent agave tequilas available. T27 is one of the few places in Utah to offer all three locally owned Vida Tequila selections (blanco $9.50, resposado $10.50 and anejo $11.50) as well as a broad selection of other quality tequilas designed for sipping or upping the value of your margarita. If something a little more street food-like is desired, chose from a selection of local beers.
As you sip your drink, dive into the light, salty and crunchy tortilla chips made in-house and served with guacamole ($5.50-$12), queso fundido ($7) —a bowl of melted Oaxaca and Chihuahua cheeses topped with sautéed wild mushrooms (an additional $2.50) or salsas.
Pay attention now because this is my favorite item on the menu—and it isn’t a taco. The butter lettuce salad ($3.50 small/$7 large) is topped with pears and pumpkin seeds and the most amazing green chile gorgonzola dressing I’ve come across. The bleu cheesiness and the spicy chile delivered an incredible punch on top of simple, crisp butter lettuce.
For those of you always looking for brunch locations, T27 offers lots of their regular items plus a Breakfast Plates menu with spicy fried chicken and donuts ($10) and cornmeal pancakes ($7) to name a few.
Taqueria 27 is a welcome departure from the typical taco fare—highlighting gourmet ingredients paired with premium tequila drinks for some fun on Foothill Blvd.
1615 South Foothill Drive, Suite G, Salt Lake City, UT, 84018