When I first moved to Tulsa, I lived off of 11th and Lewis, in the converted attic of a duplex with my best friends in the whole world. Though we occasionally had to bunk with raccoons, snakes, stray dogs, stray boyfriends, and mountain lion cubs, the world was ours and we had the time of our lives. We have all since then moved from the area, but on occasion sentiment draws us back to our old stomping grounds. Recently, Shawn and I were on a routine taco forage. We were heading to where it all began, Tacos Fiesta Mexicana, a taco truck icon and my taco truck first. When we arrived at 11th and Lewis, Tacos Fiesta Mexicana was up and gone. My heart sank. I feared the worst. About this time it dawned on me that Tacos Fiesta Mexicana was in fact a functioning truck and by definition mobile. Tacos Fiesta Mexicana is still alive and well. I worried for nothing.
Still hungry Shawn and continued up 11th to find a new love…La Flama.
La Flama: A Taco Review
Location: 2603 E 11th St Tulsa, OK 74104…They also have a mother location at 1122 E 61st St, Tulsa, OK 74136
How Much?: 1.50 a taco.
Sketch Factor: The shop front is unassuming and this gem of a taco shop is hidden in a shopping center stuffed with ethnic delights. Despite a mystery puddle in the men’s room and few missing ceiling tiles, this place was legit. Warm, welcoming, and just what the doctor ordered.
The Goods: We ordered carne asada tacos and pastor tacos…they were good. Real good. Fat, flavorful, and fun. The meat was well seasoned and grilled to crisp perfection. I was happy to see a pineapple garnish on the pastor tacos, but the pineapple was from a can and as such was nothing more than a throw away. Overall, the tacos were top notch. La Flama is now a permanent fixture on my taco radar.
So, let’s talk about the salsa. We were presented with two options: a questionable, milky salsa verde and a more intriguing salsa rojo. We were warned about the aggressive spiciness of the salsa rojo. I scoffed, confident that I could hang with the big boys when it came to spicy. Big mistake…huge!!! The salsa was f-ing hot. My generous application and subsequent ingestion was regrettable. Let’s just say I was grateful to have a cold beer nearby.
If this taco were human? John Candy…refer to the aforementioned taco description.