In a regular Dish feature published in The Watch a few months back, we’ve already told you how creative and delicious the tacos are at Taco Del Gnar in Ridgway. As I’ve eaten there more and more (at least once or twice a week), I’ve learned it’s imperative to pay attention to Gnar’s daily specials.
First there was the tuna Carpaccio taco ($4.50) made with perfectly undercooked slices of ahi tuna on a flour tortilla and topped with kimchi, a ginger soy sauce and shredded cabbage. Then came the creative avo taco ($3.99) made with tempura fried slices of avocado and topped with kimchi, cabbage and wasabi aioli. Then came the “drippy Mitch,” ($3.99) the sloppy Joe of tacos, made with chorizo sausage, potatoes, queso blanco, corn salsa, and chimichurri sauce.
All three of those taco varieties appeared as a Taco Del Gnar daily special at one point or another. Now they are permanent fixtures on the recently revamped menu. (Chilaquiles fiends need not worry, the fantastic dish is still on the menu.)
While a few of the past daily specials have landed on its menu, the boys back in the kitchen haven’t slowed down in their taco creativity. Just last week, I tried the daily special ratatouille taco made with roasted vegetables and some sort of flavorful sausage. I wished I ordered more.
This week, I called in an order to go, making sure to ask if there were any daily specials, and was even more delighted to find out that I would be biting into a soft-shell crab taco ($4.50) made with mango salsa and a coconut aioli. The soft-shell crab was fried crispy and was full of irrisistable ocean flavor you wouldn’t expect to find here in Ridgway. (Seriously! A soft-shell crab taco in Ridgway? Sheer madness.) The mango salsa and coconut aioli were both sweet and tart. Again, I wish I’d ordered more
Taco Del Gnar continues to surprise me. Always check to see what the daily special is. I imagine you will be surprised too. This “progressive taco” shop progressively gets better and better.