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The Mad Taco

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27 Ratings
Ratings: 27
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: n/a
Taps: 8
Bottles: 10
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

5101 Main St
Waitsfield, Vermont, 05673-7110
United States
phone: (802) 496-3832

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Reviews by ElGallo:
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4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of benzalman
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of youbrewidrink
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of pjt34122
5/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

How can you not love this place? The beer is great, the tacos are amazing, especially the Pork Bellies, and the service is great! My favorite place in the Valley!

Photo of DCLAguy11
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of mr-jj
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Beer selection is out of this world. Lawson's, Alchemist, Hill Farmstead. The place is a bit of a hole in the wall that seems popular with locals. It's a order from the big board type of place. Taco's were very unique combinations - sweet potatoes and such. They were pretty bland but there was a good selection of sauces. The "enchilada" sauce on my wife's enchilada was more BBQ sauce than anything else. Overall, food was so-so but beer was awesome.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of amano_h
4.61/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Tuckersmth
4.91/5  rDev +16.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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2/5  rDev -52.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of sirsteve42
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

I'm renting an old farmhouse here in town for the week because I love this area. I hit the mass taco everytime I'm in waitsfield for the great Mexican and even greater beer selection. Granted there are only five taps but when three are Lawson and the other two are hill farmstead you are looking at some great choices. The dude john that works here is aces... couldn't be friendlier and more passionate about the place. Always great to see workers taking pride in their establishments.
If you like mexican or just the beer you have to stop in and say hello. Also, the carnitas rock!

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The Mad Taco in Waitsfield, VT
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