Taqueria 27 also known as T27 to the locals, has just opened a new location in Holladay. Have you been there. We stopped by to give them a try last week. Tanqueria 27 specializes in Latin American fusion cuisine in street food fashion. It's owned by long time Utah chef, Todd Gardiner, who most recently was chef at Z'Tejas in Gateway Shopping Center.
The first thing I must say about this restaurant is that they have great service. Our host and waitress were friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient—we were greeted promptly, seated quickly, and did not have to wait forever for our food. On top of that, they were very accommodating with our picky-eater requests (no onions for my dad, no beets for me, etc.). Not only did they have no issues with making the changes, the server verified that our changes had been met before walking away from our table—this surprised me as most restaurants, in my experience, wait until you point out to them that it wasn’t what you wanted (and they can be quite grumpy about it, too). It was wonderful to have such attentive servers!
The restaurant itself is in a great location. The patio just opened and it has wonderful views of Mt. Olympus. The interior has a clean, warm atmosphere with a mix of natural wood and chrome.
Finding the entrance, however, is a bit difficult. Here’s a tip: you can only enter on the east side of the building. So, after parking in the underground parking on the west side, walk around the building before climbing up the stairs. Otherwise you will climb up stairs, then down stairs, and then up the stairs again (work off your dinner before you eat!). Hopefully, they will iron out this inconvenience as time goes on.
Best described as a fusion-taqueria, Taqueria 27 offers an interesting menu. I was intrigued by the Grilled Pear and Roasted Beets Taco (spinach, blue cheese, and balsamic syrup over grilled pears and roasted beets on a flour tortilla). I requested mine without the beets and absolutely loved it.
I went with my parents who tried the Grilled Pear Taco with the beets and the Citrus Pork Carnitas (slow roasted, shredded pork with charred tomatillo salsa, pickled red onion, cilantro, and chicharones). My mom also enjoyed the Grilled Pear and Roasted Beet Taco, but my dad wasn’t overly impressed with the Citrus Pork Carnitas. He said they were good and flavorful, but not his favorite. He thought the portion sizes were a little small for the price ($5.50-7 for two tacos or $11-14 for four tacos). Maybe it's was his manly appetite, The portion sizes were perfect for my appetite.
For dessert we tried the donuts and the tres leches cake. The cake was a little too salty for my taste—this could have been a fluke though (the waitress was surprised that it had any salt at all) and I will be giving it a second chance someday. The donuts were similar to churros—crispy on the outside and gooey in the middle—and were delicious. It took tremendous will-power to not inhale them all.
Overall, this is a place I would recommend and will visit again.
Taqueria 27 is located at 4670 Holladay Village Plaza (2300 East) in Holladay—across the street from the Great Harvest Bread Company in the newly built Holladay Village Plaza. Limited parking is available on the east side of the building, but there is underground parking available on the west side. They are open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday through Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. There is a second T27 located on 1615 South Foothill Dr.