You may know Taqueria El Semental as that badass taco truck with the hay bales that parks next to the Easter Island head on Fourth Avenue. It serves some of the best Sonoran-style tacos in town, but right now you can only catch it late-night on the weekends.
It seems the taco gods have smiled upon us! El Semental's owner David Prieto is opening his first restaurant in the former Rosati's Pizza at 1838 E. Sixth St. When the UA spot opens in the next few months, it will serve beer as well as an expanded menu built around the mesquite grill.
In case you were wondering, El Semental will still serve the massive caramelo taco hybrid I featured during my 100 Days of Tacos project in 2015. [It's basically a full-sized carne asada caramelo with extra taco toppings on top.] But you'll also be able to get breakfast burritos, chicharron, Sonoran carne adobada and Mexican soups on the weekends.
David is in the process of cleaning and repainting the square building that once held the Chicago pizza place. He likes the pitch black color, and he plans to keep it. (Although he wants to put in some palm trees.)
The restaurant will most likely serve the neighborhood and surrounding UA student crowd, with some swift business on game days. "Those are my number one fans," he says.
But Fourth Avenue drinkers need not worry. He's keeping the taco truck!