If you've ever looked at a carne asada taco and thought, "I wish this was heavier!," I have the dish for you. It's called the taco alambre and it is carne asada plus bacon, mushrooms, bell peppers and melted cheese. The name, which means "wire," is thought to refer to skewers of meat done kabob-style, but the style is more often likened to fajitas.
Up at San Carlos Grill in the Oro Valley Marketplace, the tacos are anything but wirelike. Piled high with iceberg lettuce and tomatoes, they look like something a talented 16-year-old would make after soccer practice. Except that everything was perfectly executed: the sirloin springy and soft with the crisp bacon strips that still had a little bit of flex to them. The melty Monterrey Jack cheese on the bottom. Even the blended red table salsa on the side, which took a second to get going, but had quite a nice kick.
With all these goodies, the tacos are tough to leave behind. But if you eat them all, it's okay! The restaurant is next door to a movie theater ...
Interesting newsy bit: San Carlos Grill had a second location on Silverbell Road, but closed it in March to focus on the Oro Valley spot.
Location: 12125 N. Oracle Road, Suite 169
Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays
Payment: accepts debit and credit cards
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