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Mad Taco

Pia Mileaf-Patel

$20 a person

            I had dinner at The Mad Taco on Friday night and I am already craving it again. Slow-food tacos, homemade root beer and dozens of hot sauces? Yes please! I’d been dreaming about eating there again ever since my family first went last year.

            It’s the kind of restaurant that if you don’t live nearby, but go every once in a while (we go when we go skiing), memories of the Chile Colorado tacos will creep into your mind mid-July and make you dream of spicy, hot food during the winter. I wish I lived close enough to eat there during every season. In fact, that is exactly what I want for lunch right now—Chile Colorado tostadas.

            The Mad Taco takes tacos, a usually quick, almost street food style meal, and puts the Vermont twist on them with local ingredients, homemade salsas, slow cooking and even some vegan options (try a tofu or sweet potato taco).

            Yet the restaurant is still loveably casual, with good music and a counter where you order and a big bar in the back. After the drive from New York, my family decided to stop for tacos before even getting to the hotel.

            I had the Chile Colorado tostadas—fried tortillas with refried beans, avocado, carnitas with a barbecue/hot sauce, and cilantro. It was delicious. Even my brother (with his very specific opinions of what tastes good and what doesn’t) liked his carnitas. Everything we ordered was amazing (guacamole, fish tacos, chicken tacos).

            I’m counting down until the next time we go skiing in Vermont, but mainly for The Mad Taco.