The Mad Taco
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Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ElGallo:
4.63/5 rDev +8.7%
The Mad Taco is owned by the same guys who own Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, which is my favorite beer bar anywhere, so I had to check this place out after a successful visit to The Warren Store for Lawson's Finest. The smoker out front is a hoot, and while the place has a weird hippie/dive feel to it, the food is excellent as is the small draft list. I had smoked pork tacos with kimcha and fresh cilantro, with a Hill Farmstead Twlight of the Idols on draft. Almost fainted when I saw this on the chalkboard - just a flat out amazing beer that paired really well with the smoked pork. Service was quick and friendly. Seating is limited and kind of communal, but that works well here, as Waitsfield folk are very cool. A must see if you're in the area.
02-24-2012 21:43:04 | More by ElGallo
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4.61/5 rDev +8.2%
Great food, great beer, great people -- what more can you ask for?
I've actually had Mad Taco at the Blackback Pub (back when they still had it there), at Montpelier and at the Waitsfield location, but I'm going to consolidate my experiences to this one review, because one of the locals told me that a lion's share of the food is cooked at Waitsfield and then delivered to Montpelier (and Blackback Pub, in days of yore)
My favorite is the Smoked Pork Kimchi Cilantro Taco, with the Smoked Pork Belly, Smoked Jalapeno, and Cilantro being a close second. I also love their "???" sauce (hotness rating "???") which is purportedly a cocktail mix of all their different hot sauce offerings, which is pretty much like playing Russian Roulette with your taste buds.
I'm starting to think that the establishment's proximity to the Mad River is driving the guys that work here mad, because they're stark raving mad! They're always mad happy, mad funny, mad enthusiastic. I really dig their vibe and energy, it really puts a pep in my step every time I hear them randomly yelling in the kitchen or making very "persuasive" recommendations.
Oh, and did I mention they almost always have Lawson's on tap?
The only downfall is that Mad Taco seems to be pretty inconsistent -- I've had a different variety of experiences here from having a perfectly cooked taco, to a breakfast plate where the sausage was still half-cooked and the potatoes were still somewhat hard (or are they meant to be that way?)
Either way, Mad Taco does tacos and beer, and does tacos and beer right.
07-15-2014 13:51:01 | More by amano_h
4.91/5 rDev +15.3%
The best taco beer combo place I have ever visited. Only 5 taps but all the choices were solid hard to find beers. The service was super friendly. Park Belly taco was my favorite . Many homemade hot sauces available on site . Spice ratings for hot sauce not always accurate.
06-24-2014 04:44:48 | More by Tuckersmth
The Mad Taco in Waitsfield, VT
93 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.