There are a few jokes that are sure to get laughs, and a lot of them include making fun of the food at gas stations. This is not one of those gas stations.
The man who runs Chile Verde (and the woman who I presume is his wife) at the Choice Sinclair gas station in the southwest of Las Vegas is probably one of the most hardworking people I’ve ever seen in a restaurant. He’s there every moment of the day that the restaurant is open. Taking orders, cleaning up, preparing food. From 9 AM to 5 PM, 6 days a week. This is the Terminator of mexican food. He can’t be bargained with. He can’t be reasoned with. He doesn’t feel hungry. Or sleepy. Or sweaty. And he absolutely WILL NOT STOP… until you are full.
It has a fairly standard, somewhat too big a menu for such a small operation. It’s all extremely well done, but the tacos are so good I think it’s a shame to go for anything else. It’s the only place I’ve been to that rivals quality such as Taco Y Taco, but for a somehow even smaller price. And the portions?
Make sure you ask for their green sauce on the side. They’ll give you a giant squeeze bottle of liquid gold. I went for a similar order to what I had at Taco Y Taco; carnitas, carne asada, and adobada and they absolutely did not disappoint. Because they were so stuffed with meat, they were definitely extremely messy eating at the counter but there’s something so viscerally satisfying about licking your fingers clean over such a meal.
It’s really hard to describe what exactly makes these tacos special. It’s one of those situations where you just have to taste them to believe it. But trust me, these are the kind of taco that dreams are made of.
Those 3 tacos were $8.25 altogether, which is worryingly cheap. The food terminator wants me to tell you to come with him if you want to eat.
Chile Verde Mexican Grill
Inside the Choice Sinclair Gas Station
Las Vegas, NV 89113 Open Monday-Sunday 9 AM to 5 PM