The Villa Guerrero Price Range:
4,300won-5,000won Per Taco
The Villa Guerrero Story:
December 26, 2018
I have heard of Villa Guerrero for a long time. My friends have all told me how amazing the food is there. Even my mom told me about Villa Guerrero, which she told me is owned by our family friend’s nephew. I had heard that their pork tacos is amazing and they have the “unknown” or “not normal” cuts of meat that they only have in Mexico or authentic taco spots. After only hearing all positive things about Villa Guerrero I finally got to try it out! Villa Guerrero is in a small alleyway near Samseong Jungang Station (Line 9). I had visited on a Sunday afternoon, and there was only two other people inside the restaurant.
The way Villa Guerrero decorated the outside window is so spot on to how authentic Mexican restaurants or Taco Trucks are decorated in Los Angeles. Just looking at the outside made me feel like I was in downtown Los Angeles. Inside they have Mexican style posters, pictures, and trinkets hung up. Mexican music was slightly turned on in the background and on the other wall they had a plaque with tequila on it. The restaurant is pretty small, with about 6 small tables set up for seating.
Villa Guerrero only serves Pork Tacos at their restaurant. No burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas... only tacos. Also, if you are allergic to pork or don’t like it, this place is not for you. Their menu is written in Korean and Spanish. They offer six different types of tacos. Macias (lean meat), Buche (stomach), Lengua (tongue), Cuerito (skin), Mixto (mixed meats), and Chorizo (sausage). I had heard that the chef had moved and lived in Mexico to study how to authentically cook each cut of meat. After looking at the menu I decided to order the Macias, Buche, and Chorizo tacos. I have tried Lengua and Cuerito in Los Angeles and am not a big fan of those meat cuts. However my friend who does like Lengua tacos, told me their Lengua is on point.
After ordering I sat myself down, and I saw the chef pull apart this fall off the bone meat for my Macias taco. He then took out the stomach (Buche) and placed it on this really cool cutting board (looked like a tree stump), and stated to chop it into smaller bite size pieces. It was dope being able to seeing into the kitchen and observe how they assemble the tasty tacos.
The Food Ordered At Villa Guerrero:
Maciza (Lean Meat) Taco
Taste: This Maciza Taco was amazing. The pork was so tender, it would literally fall apart by touching it. The pork was amazing; juicy and delicious. I was told this was their most popular taco, and I could instantly tell why. If you were going to go here and could only order one taco, I would recommend this one. Their red salsa with the onions and cilantro evened our the rich taste of the pork. This taco was done amazingly and had a great balance.
Buche (Stomach) Taco
Taste: The Buche Taco texture visually looked very smooth. You could see pieces that looked kind of smooth and almost slimy, and drier looking pieces. I have eaten intestines before, and the Buche Taco (being the stomach) was more tender and less chewier than intestines. It didn’t have a weird smell coming from it, other then it smelling delicious. I personally don’t like “weird” cuts of meat, but the Buche Taco wasn’t bad. The taco had a hot sauce rubbed on top of the meat, and the onions and cilantro gave it a fresh taste.
Chorizo (Pork Sausage) Taco
Taste: The Chorizo Taco was also delicious. The meat was very fatty, oily (expected from a sausage meat), and super rich tasting. The oils were dripping out of the taco, and had a very orange color you expect from the spices. I had already mentioned how rich the taste was, but this taco packed an powerful meaty taste when you took a bite. It reminded me of the Chorizo breakfast burritos I used to get in high school at the local Mexican joint, without the eggs. If you are looking for a powerful meaty taco, this would be your choice.
Overall Villa Guerrero is a good spot to get pork tacos. They have been trained and lived in Mexico to bring as authentic a taco as they can to Korea. If you are an adventurous eater this is the place where you can eat all different types of cuts of meats that is done really well. Also, just the Maciza Taco alone might be worth your trip! One draw back is that the price might be hefty. Starting at 4,300 per taco, even if the taco is pretty generous size, can set you back fast.
The Rating At Villa Guerrero:
The Hours, Website, & Phone Number At Villa Guerrero:
SUNDAY: 12:00pm - 9:30PM
TUESDAY: 12:00PM - 9:30PM
WEDNESDAY: 12:00PM - 9:30PM
THURSDAY: 12:00PM - 9:30PM
FRIDAY: 12:00PM - 9:30PM
SATURDAY: 12:00PM - 9:30PM
Phone Number: 02-538-8915