Written by: Steve Stover
Date: July 10, 2013

The taco platter at Los Guachos.

The taco platter at Los Guachos. Photo by Steve Stover.

Have you been wanting to taste the great food and fun of a taco truck without eating standing up? We have just the place for you!

Taqueria Los Guachos, one of the most popular taco trucks, which was highlighted in a blog post by national food writer Michael Ruhlman, has a brick and morter optio just off. Los Guachos is open late, and it seems to always be busy.

The expansive menu includes a wide range of Mexican offerings: tacos, quesadillas, tortas (Mexican sandwiches), burritos, huraches (“Mexican pizza”), and the more unusual “volcanes” (open face corn tortillas with meat), and “juanas” (with flour tortillas).

The signature meat is the unique “al pastor,” pork slow-cooked on a vertical spit, like a gyro, and sliced off of the spit. Other meats include steak (asada), Mexican sausage (chorizo), tripe (tripa), beef brisket (suadero), beef tongue (lengua), chicken (pollo); there is also a fish taco. There are also salads and vegetarian items.

On our most recent visit, we shared and enjoyed a taco al pastor, a cheese quesadilla, and a new item, a burrito enchilada style, a large burrito with choice of meat, side of chips, covered with mild enchilada sauce and melted cheese.

Photo by Steve Stover

The burrito platter at Los Guachos. Photo by Steve Stover

Taqueria Los Guachos has a casual dining room with large wood chairs; there are bowls of limes, marinated onions, and peppers on the tables. Prices are very low for a sit-down restaurant with food of this quality: tacos range from $1.50 to 2, quesadillas range from $3 to 4, and burritos are $6.

Taqueria Los Guachos, 5221 Godown Road, Columbus, OH 43225. 614-538-0211. Open daily from 11 am to midnight. More information is available at losguachos.com.

  • shrimlock

    The Silent Woman Bar was i believe on East Main, just east of James.
    The signage in neon or lit up from behind maybe, was extremely provocative.
    It showed an image of a female with her, holding her own head or her head somehow detached.
    Depicting the female as presumably silent. And even holding the knife?
    pretty grisly, and disturbing and was evident to anyone driving around there up till the 90’s, it seems.

  • shrimlock

    The other one that was near the Motel Greg Lashutka got in trouble win he was prosecutor, And i think that was on East Broad, that was the Pink Elephant.

  • Barbara Cruz

    what about hanleys steak house sullivant ave Columbus ohio

  • Barbara Cruz

    does anyone have a copy of the menu or pictures

  • Mr.Gale.B

    I need an exact and correct answer:
    Where was “Top of the Center” located? In WHAT building?

  • Otto Gronkowski

    Slow hipster service and slow kitchen. Expensive prices. Don’t visit if you want to see food on your table in under 45 minutes. However the food quality, taste and presentation is very good! Ambiance is contemporary cool inside, very different from what you may have the impression of from the exterior of this old Tim Horton’s location. Good bar and drink selection. Overpriced menu. On the west coast you can find this style of filipino restaurant serving same dishes for $7.50. Here they will set you back $12-$18. You can’t even get into appetizers for less than $10 unless you want a bowl of rice. Don’t know if they’ll survive, table turnover is way too slow, even though they’re making large profit margin per dish, it’s just way too slow. If you have an evening to kill, this would be a good hangout. Don’t attempt a weekday lunch or dinner. You’ll see a good hipster millinial crowd here.