Last Wednesday, Taqueria La Ventana’s new Cedar Springs location celebrated its grand opening. In its first few days in operation, LV’s business has been booming. Taco heads are loving how quickly they can walk up to the stand, order tacos, and receive their order in a matter of minutes, despite how packed the booth is at any given time.
Although “La Ventana,” which translates to “The Window,” refers to the traditional Mexican method in which people order and receive tacos from the booth’s window, my friend Josh and I had the privilege of having our orders taken at our patio table on the night of the grand opening.
Upon our arrival, we meet Blake, one of the managers, who instructs, Jose, one of the cashiers to tend to mine and Josh’s needs.
Josh and I kick things off with frozen margaritas. I find the consistency of the margaritas to be like that of a Slurpee, minus any stubborn “frozen spots” at the bottom of the cup. The lime and alcohol flavors are perfectly balanced, and the drink goes down smoothly.
Jose then brings us chips, with sides of queso, guacamole, and salsa. As for the queso and guacamole, I find both of them very light on spice. The salsa, on the other hand, is hot, spicy, and packs a powerful punch. I had never been served cooked salsa before, but this distinction in LV’s salsa makes for a delightful surprise. LV’s salsa is now a new favorite of mine.
When it comes time for the tacos, I order the barbacoa and the suadero. Josh orders the pollo and the bistec. I am happy to see that whoever arranged the tacos doesn’t skimp on the meat. Plus, the cilantro and onion are served on the side, allowing the guest to throw on as much or as little as they want.
As a Hispanic, I have high expectations for these tacos, and I must say, they were met. The meats are flavorful and spicy, and the tacos as a whole are filling and satisfying. I highly recommend adding the creamy tomatillo sauce to any of their tacos, because it is absolutely to die for!
The team at Taqueria La Ventana is very efficient. Josh and I are amazed by how quickly our orders were taken and fulfilled, as well as how attentive the team members were. We leave the restaurant very pleased with our experience and with everyone who took care of us that evening.
Taqueria La Ventana makes for a cute, authentic taqueria in a highly urbanized district. It is the perfect place to meet with friends for tacos and margaritas in the summer heat, or to grab a late night snack after throwing down drinks at Station 4.
Taqueria La Ventana’s new Cedar Springs location is open Wednesday through Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.