Tacos Jalisco's corn tacos. SAMANTHA DELLILO/Keys Weekly

I eat at Tacos Jalisco multiple times a month. When most people aren’t in the mood to cook, they order pizza. Our go-to in this household is a quick pickup order at Tacos Jalisco. 

Every time we take a bite, we can’t help but utter “dang, they are so good.” If you’ve ever had a time in your life where you find yourself eating out a lot or getting takeout, you know it can get old fast. You start to crave a home-cooked meal. Tacos Jalisco is just that; it tastes like a home-cooked meal – no shortcuts and everything is fresh. 

All of the produce is farm-to-table and you can definitely taste the difference in the pico de gallo and guacamole. The seafood and meat is never frozen. The corn tortillas are gluten-free and the flour tortillas are 50% less gluten than a traditional store-bought flour tortilla.

This farm-to-table guacamole I mentioned is paired with made-to-order tortilla chips. Their guac is out-of-this-world amazing, no artificial lime flavor like most places have. But let me tell you, these chips. I would go there just for a bowl of these chips if I could. They’re crisp and firm and have what it takes to scoop up a hearty dip like guacamole. I didn’t know a tortilla chip could taste so fresh.My go-to order is always the quesadilla with chicken. If I’m feeling frisky I’ll top the quesadilla with sour cream and pico de gallo, but it honestly doesn’t need it. The chicken is seasoned so well and just melts harmoniously with their top quality mozzarella cheese all nestled in a buttery tortilla. My fiancé Mark’s go-to is the “mamma jamma” burrito. It’s not actually called that but every time we order it you can feel the weight of the bag and we go, “Wow this thing is a mamma jamma.” It is crammed to the brim with your choice of meat, refried beans, Mexican rice, onions, cilantro, avocado and sour cream. Mark requests baja sauce in his burrito instead of sour cream. Their baja sauce is one of those things you can’t get enough of.

Prior to Tacos Jalisco, I could never get on board with everyone’s love for corn tortillas. I know they’re more traditional and how a street taco should be served but it was never my thing. Surprisingly, I love TJ’s corn tacos, especially with the steak. This little taco is piled high with chopped steak and onions. Order three of those and you’re in flavor town. Oh wait, I think someone else already uses that saying. The choices don’t stop there; they have chorizo, al pastor, chicken, fish and shrimp.

Now my favorite hidden gem here at Tacos Jalisco you can get any time of day, regardless of hunger level, is their daily agua Fresca. I am in love with it. I literally dance around as I sip it. The absolute star for me is when they have the watermelon agua Fresca. It’s fresh watermelon and the perfect ratio of water and sugar. It never tastes overly sweet; I’d even say it’s a healthy drink. It really lets the fruit shine and all the nutritional yumminess that comes with a ripe piece of fruit.

Make a night of it and head over to Tacos Jalisco for dinner. For those visiting the Islamorada location, you can pair it with a nice Florida Keys Brewing Iguana Bait. If you pick the Key Largo location, you can grab dessert at Key Largo Chocolates after. It’s the perfect night out.

Samantha Dellilo has been in the Keys since she was 1 day old, so definitely consider her a Conch. Holding a passion for food since she can remember, while most kids were watching Barney, she was watching Emeril. "Being half Cuban and half Italian, food in those cultures is considered a love language. It's a total experience whether eating out or cooking." She's been with her other half, Marky, going on 17 years. The two met when they were 9 years old at Key Largo School. Samantha owns Florida Keys Eats, which is a blog of "must eat, must see, and must dos" from Key Largo to Key West.