If we're not already referring to the few blocks of Esplanade East adjacent to The Shipyards in North Vancouver as Brewery Row, we soon will be. By my count, there are currently 3 craft brewing establishments including la Cerveceria Allisteros, and one on the way. Of course, there is an equal number of specialty auto shops in the same area but that is for another blogger to discuss.
la Cerveceria Astilleros - Vanfoodster's Best Taco Challenge
We arrived as they were opening this beautiful Saturday afternoon and despite our plan to take out, we found ourselves sitting at one of their very few patio tables. We ordered one of everything on their menu (well except chips and guacamole)! Of course, we realize the point of this place is crafted Mexican-style (I assume) brews and that the food is meant to be the accompaniment. Neither Mharie nor I drink (it's not a religious thing but more of a health thing) so we know we are not providing the complete picture as to why people come here. We noticed that they were serving their beer in flights of tasters. So imagine refreshing and cool beverages while we talk about the food!
We started with a Tuna Tostada. More than an afterthought to go with the cold ones, this was a nicely put-together treat with seared tuna that was very rare and tender in the middle. Just enough refreshing lettuce and tomato and a couple of sauces ( a crema and...?) completed the picture.
How about a flight of tacos? We ordered one of each of their tacos, chipotle jackfruit, pulled chicken, Al Pastor, and their Taco Challenge entry, Beef Barbacoa. They are all $5 each which may seem a bit pricey but they are all generously filled. We have no specific favorites as they were all pretty decent!
Their taco challenge entry is off of their regular menu. I think that says that their regular menu is impressive as it is. The beef was tasty as was the tortilla and all the extras.
Their Churros came with a wonderful caramels sauce. One was enough for dessert for the two of us.and hit all the right notes.
LCA will be a great place to hang out when things return to normal. The decor is sharp yet comfortable and apparently, the tiles are all imported from Mexico. It will be a great place for a beverage and some snacks and hanging out with friends. One server was handling everyone when we were there and she was doing a good job!
Food 4 out of 5
Comfort 4 out of 5
Service 3 1/2 out of 5
Value 4 out of 5
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