There has evidently been some sort of cosmic decree that the area within 3 miles of my house should become populated by mid-range Ameri-Mex restaurants. A year ago? Nothing. Now, we've got Burrito Gorilla, The Taco Stand, and Chepes and Mr. Taco coming soon. Dear cosmic powers, can you hook a brother up with some real Vietnamese? TRE is not doing it for me.
Anyway, made our inaugural visit to The Taco Stand, which is on the corner of Mansell and the Old Alabama Connector in a doomed location that has been 4-6 different restaurants in the last 10 years. They're clearly very happy to have business, and the manager was all over the place making sure everyone was okay. I had the guacamole, which was actually quite good. It's odd that I now compare most restaurant guac to the "Mexican" guac we get from the local El Azteca, but it's honestly the best in this area when the chef is paying attention. Anyway, The Taco Stand guac is definitely something I'd order again, but it's annoying that about 50% of what you get in your little crock is lettuce, not guac.
I ordered two tacos: the pork taco and the fried chicken taco. The pork taco was okay, with some sort of unidentifiable sauce on the pork and some very drippy slaw as a topping. I felt a little silly ordering the fried chicken taco, but I actually liked it a lot. The chicken was nice and crispy, they put a nice mayo-based sauce on it, and the cheese actually works as a topping.
The menu at The Taco Stand is confusing to me, as I'm not sure if I'm supposed to order the Ameri-Mex or the burgers. Obviously, given its roots in Athens as a place that caters to college kids, the combination makes sense. Has anyone tried the burgers, because the menu is trying hard to make me think they're high end.
I'm honestly not sure if any restaurant can resist the curse of this location, but so far I like The Taco Stand the best of all the various inhabitants.