La Vibra Tacos’ concept is fashioned after Mexico City taco culture, which means these tacos don’t come with pico de gallo, sour cream or most other toppings we think to add to our tacos. The restaurant is based on simplicity.
The space had minimal design. Light gray covered the walls, brown wooden tables filled the restaurant and accents of bright yellow and white popped. The menu was plastered above the counter space where I was to order.
But La Vibra first and foremost lives up to its name by the good vibes I got from the staff, which was both friendly and helpful.
Their helpfulness came in handy with the unfamiliar menu. The employee taking my order took the time to explain each section and answer any questions I had.
I asked her what she thought I should order and she suggested the Costilla, a taco with sliced 1855 angus sirloin. It was under the Clásico portion of the menu, which were your basic tacos on made-in-house corn tortillas.
I also ordered a Pollo from the Volcán portion of the menu, which were the same kind of tacos that were on the Clásico, but came with a toasted corn tortilla and Oaxaca cheese. I opted out of the cheese.
For sides I went with a half-order of guacamole and potato puffs, which were described to me to be puffy French fries.
When I sat down at my table I was brought four samples of salsa to try with my tacos.
The guacamole came out first with toasted corn tortillas sprinkled with salt. With just avocado, onion and cilantro, the guacamole was one of the simpler ones I’ve had. Yet the lightness of the ingredients meant the few flavors that were mixed in really came out. It was smooth but had chunks in it as well, which is how I prefer guacamole.
Next my tacos were placed in front of me. I tasted the Costilla first, then added a little guacamole and salsa on top. The thin slices of sirloin were tender but a little greasy. Again with the Pollo taco I tasted the chicken then added a little guacamole and salsa.
While I assume it was the oil that was used to cook the meat, for the Costilla it was overwhelming in taste. I don’t mind greasiness for the most part with tacos, but I couldn’t taste anything beyond this oil, even after adding things on top.
With the Pollo it had the same taste as the Costilla, but wasn’t as heavy. Even still it was really all I could taste, even with the additions.
The potato puffs, on the other hand, were delicious. They were like an airy French fry. They had the taste of fries, but a lightness that made me feel no guilt with eating them.
La Vibra Tacos
Address: 506 Yale St. #A
Hours: 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday
Senior discount: No
Healthy options: Yes
Star of the show: Potato puffs