The Taco House on the Dark Side

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You can’t miss the sign. (Photos by Marisa Corness)
You can’t miss the sign. (Photos by Marisa Corness)

Tex-Mex is a very popular cuisine, however, we have not had a plethora of Tex-Mex in Pattaya, and especially not on the Dark Side. Even on Siam Country Club Road (Pornpranimit) which these days seems to be wall to wall restaurants, but until recently – no Tex-Mex.

Over a year ago, the restaurant began with a Turkish flavor, then became O’Neills, to be then taken over by the Retox group, which then moved further down the road. After another make-over it is now become a Tex-Mex (and more). Some of the heritage can be seen with five large screen TV’s for sports and the sit-up bar.

How to get there? Taco House is very easy to find. Come down Siam Country Club Road from the cross roads, known as Chicken Cross Roads by the locals, and Soi 28 Pornpranimit is on your right about two kilometers further down heading towards Mabprachan reservoir. The Taco House is on that corner.

On the weekday evening the Dining Out Team went for dinner there were already two tables with different accents (including Indian), and the Taco House was very busy with a large party in the 20 seat rear section.

The history of Tex-Mex is closely tied to the history of Texas – cheddar cheese, beef, wheat, and cumin were introduced into traditional Mexican recipes by Tejanos (Texans of Mexican descent) cooking in their own homes. This gave rise to wheat tortillas, nachos, chili con carne, burritos, and barbacoa.

The local menu begins with beers, local ones B. 70 but craft beers obviously more. Soft drinks B. 30, juices B. 70 as kids are welcome too. As a special, Tiger pint is B. 90 and Tiger half pint B. 50. Wine by the glass is B. 100.

A heavy duty wrap. (Photos by Marisa Corness)
A heavy duty wrap. (Photos by Marisa Corness)

The menu proper begins with explanations of their different salsas with chilli indicators. At the foot of the pages are photos of the various dishes, so those not au fait with Tex-Mex can get a handle on what is on offer. This is something all restaurants should do. Not all customers speak English!

Starters (B. 90-190) include Quesadillas, Tortillas and Tostadas.

Salads and Soups are B. 160-220, enchiladas B. 190-240 with ranchero sauce, tacos (B. 195-240), quesadillas (B. 170-210), the spectacular fajitas (B. 240 veggies, up to chicken and beef B. 330), chilli con carne (B 240), and burritos (B. 230-260). Kids are catered for with their own menu B.110-120 with chicken tenders and hot dogs on offer. And for those Americans who want their own, there are many American favorites (B. 210-290) being mostly burgers of different styles with a Black Angus bacon and cheese burger at the top end.

Madame ordered a bacon cheese quesadilla, and mine was a grilled chicken quesadilla which was loaded with cheese (B. 190). Both were good servings and our pick was the quesadilla with the molten cheese inside, almost like a double pizza with the one on the top upside down.

So that’s what a quesadilla looks like. (Photos by Marisa Corness)
So that’s what a quesadilla looks like. (Photos by Marisa Corness)

The younger members finished off with a home-made strawberry sundae and an apple pie.

If you are a fan of Tex-Mex, give this place a try. If you are new to the cuisine the friendly staff will assist you in the choices available. We had been a couple of times before and the high standards have been maintained.

Taco House is looking for your business and after our review I am sure they are doing it very successfully. QR Code provides benefits, which the staff will explain.

Taco House, 78/3 Moo 2 Pornpranimit (Siam Country Club) corner Soi 28, tel 098 827 3725, open six days (closed Mondays) 12 noon until 9.30 p.m. on-street parking plus restaurant forecourt.