P.S. Taco Company
47 Shell St.
Saraland, AL 36571
It is not often I visit our neighbors to the north. I pass through Saraland on my way to Mississippi several times a year, but I’m rarely burning the rubber down Exit 13. This past week was a busy one, with me driving more than sleeping, working more than resting and going through guitar strings at an unmatched pace.
My fingers were sore and my accelerator foot was cramped, but I was enjoying a little solitude as the highways and two-lane roads laced the two states I call home together.
Had it not been for my mom keeping her youngest grandson, Henry, this would have been a much less productive trip. Plus, it was our return visit to the Free State of Jones to retrieve the lad that led us to Saraland’s P.S. Taco Company.
Just off the interstate in the same shopping center as the new Publix, the ink is barely dry on the menus, but P.S. Tacos already has loyal regulars. This is their latest restaurant after their Foley location took off. We should see more soon. Situated in the corner unit of the shopping center, this one is able to offer indoor and outdoor dining with a partially covered patio.
Katie was driving, so she limited herself to one Tecate ($3.50). I was a bit bolder and asked for “the most normal margarita on the rocks without salt.” Our waitress obliged with a P.S. House ($6.50). That’s what I needed. Normalcy.
A friend in the know had sung the praises of the P. S. Taco Fries ($9.95). You had me at fries. These go a step or two further. Pickled onions and raw onions are a great start. Avocado, queso AND shredded Jack were layered with the black beans, corn and jalapenos, while sweet chili and cilantro aioli imparted earthy flavors. I’ve never really been crazy about mango salsa, but it didn’t overpower the dish in this case, nor did the present-but-not-plentiful diced pineapple.
Of course, we wanted to add our choice of protein ($3), but there weren’t any listed on the menu. Our waitress said we could have any protein featured in any of the tacos, so I scoured the menu and hastily asked for the Korean-style marinated beef. I’d chosen wisely.
It’s a lot of food. This is a meal for two. We barely scraped the surface and took the rest to Laurel for my brother, Big Al. We still had tacos to eat.
Katie was in for the two taco plate ($12.95), all on flour tortillas. Her fish taco was sweet and slightly spicy with Asian sweet chili and spicy mayo. The whitefish was crunchy in a toasted coconut panko crust topped with house slaw, pickled red onions, pineapple mango salsa and a touch of jalapenos and cilantro-lime aioli.
Her Black Jack Taco had the same Korean style beef (bulgogi) we’d had on our fries. The now-familiar mango salsa, house-pickled jalapenos and cilantro-lime aioli were good, but the mixed greens and unlikely bleu cheese are what made it special. Her side item was a very fresh-tasting tomato salsa with a decent amount of cilantro.
My eyes were bigger than my stomach, so I ordered the three taco plate ($14.95). I began with a buffalo chicken taco in a crunchy shell. Somewhere in there was shredded carrot and a mild ranch crema, but the Jack cheese and shredded lettuce couldn’t mask the flavor of the buffalo sauce and blue cheese dressing. This was a great taco.
I decided the slow-cooked brisket taco should go on a flour tortilla. It handled the house barbecue sauce and jalapenos with slaw and greens a little better than I would imagine a corn tortilla could. The brisket was tender, and I’d guess this is about as far away from a “regular” taco as you’ll find.
That same panko breading with toasted coconut experienced on Katie’s fish also found its way into my shrimp taco. It’s actually all of the same ingredients as the fish taco, but I’m not complaining. Go see for yourself which one is best. I liked mine better because I got this one on corn tortillas. For my side, I had to try the queso dip. It was perfect. My kids will love it.
Speaking of kids, they do have something a little milder for them. Quesadillas and kids’ tacos will make your short ones happy. So will the Jarritos. We didn’t try the churros, but if my boys ever make it there, you can bet they may start with dessert.
My praises are plenty and my complaints few, although I’d prefer a list of proteins on the menu or a waitress who can recite them quickly so I don’t have to read through all of the tacos to see what they have. Also, a more prominent address and menu on their Facebook page would be nice, but I’m getting nit-picky. If these guys keep up the good work, we could be seeing franchise potential.
I’m not saying Saraland doesn’t have good places to eat. I just have plenty of things around me to keep me close to home. But this place is just a quick run up I-65, barely off of the exit ramp. It’s a great option for me on my way out of town, but it’s also a destination spot. Our experience was good food and fast service.
P.S. I’ll be back.
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