New Restaurant Alert: Drive-by Taco Shop at Aguirre Avenue, Paranaque
Finally, delicious tacos in the South
Drive-by Taco Shop
167 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City
Open from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. (Tuesday to Sunday)
(SPOT.ph) If you’re a regular around the BF-Aguirre area, then you might have noticed a new addition to this ever-growing food street. Drive-by Taco Shop is not that hard to find. The words “TACO SHOP” are painted in big, bold yellow letters across a bright orange wall. Inside, you’ll find a narrow space that’s part-kitchen, part-bar, part-dining area. Customers are immediately greeted by the amiable staff as well as the warm, delicious aroma of Mexican food wafting from nearby.
Taco and quesadilla party
Owned by culinary school grads Mikey San Miguel and Mai de Guzman, Drive-by Taco Shop was initially conceptualized as a food truck. The couple was eating Mexican after work when the idea came about. Budget constraints nixed the truck idea, and after briefly considering a stall at food bazaars, the two finally settled on setting up a small restaurant.
Mikey called up friends to scout locations, while Mai brought in construction scraps from home to help decorate their tiny space. On July 21, merely three to four months after that random dinner date, Drive-by Taco Shop was born.
Once the crowd starts, it doesn't stop.
The owners envisioned a taqueria that would serve authentic street tacos. People might be more used to the commercially available hard shell or Tex-Mex tacos, but the duo wanted to showcase something different. When the dust settles, Drive-by also hopes to evolve their menu into more experimental fare, toying with the ideas like a Korean-inspired taco.
Mai, an avid baker, developed the Drive-by taco tortilla herself. It's a fresh, thick, and chewy cornmeal-based concoction (just like masa) that is just as tasty as the filling inside. She also created the special flour wrap for the burritos, and, if she has the time, bakes Mango Muscovado Cheesecake as a featured dessert for the restaurant.
The Chicharones Taco (P125) has been a big hit so far. Served in either a fried or soft corn tortilla, this pork belly taco is packed with all the goods—onions, avocado, cilantro, lime, sour cream, and Drive-by's special sauce. Each vegetable is markedly fresh, a testament to the fact that Mai and Mikey would shop for ingredients every morning before they open the kitchen at 2 p.m.
Marv's Goat Taco
A potential house favorite is the Marv’s Goat Taco (P140), which contains goat meat stewed in tomatoes, apples and cardamom. The savory taste of the meat is punctuated by the sweetness of apple, a good contrast of flavors.
Homemade Pork Chorizo Quesadilla
Drive-by also recommends its Homemade Pork Chorizo Quesadilla (P120), a cheesy, meaty combination of pork, cheddar cheese, tomato salsa, and cilantro topped with a generous helping of garlic cream sauce.
Shrimp and Steak Burrito
For heavier fare, try the Shrimp and Steak Burrito (P290), which is a huge bite of shrimp, pork, Mexican rice, red beans, tomato salsa, cilantro, grated cheddar, and sour cream wrapped in Mai’s homemade flour tortilla. The distinct flavors create an explosive combination that makes for a very happy belly.
Extra Spicy Pulled Beef Taco
Drive-by also offers homemade Horchata (P60), a sweet, milky-like drink extracted from rice and spiced with cinnamon. It's best paired with Drive-by’s spicier offerings, such as the Extra Spicy Pulled Beef Taco (P95), a savory beef brisket stewed in tomato sauce and chilies.
Finally, BF Aguirre has a legit Mexican food stop in Drive-by Taco Shop. But we're still excited about that Korean-inspired one.
Photos by Jericho San Miguel