Brian Gorder is on a mission to get his Mt. Washington taqueria open by Cinco de Mayo.
After an 18-month delay due to Covid and construction-related red tape, he’s more than ready to serve Mexico City-style munchies at Gordo’s Tacos & Tequila.
Gorder converted the condemned building at 131 Shiloh Street — which once housed a tattoo parlor, a barbershop and apartments — into a two-story restaurant with seating for 150 patrons. The space boasts a courtyard and garage doors that open up to views of Oakland and the South Side. Folks can enjoy dine-in service or order from the front takeout window.
The emphasis will be on braised and smoked meats stacked on a trompo (vertical rotisserie) and thinly sliced by hand. Gorder imports heirloom corn kernels from Oaxaca, Mexico, and grinds them into dough, called masa, to make fresh-pressed tortillas and chips.
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