Puffy Tacos at The Mad Cactus in Strongsville, Ohio
Fried Tortillas, BBQ Glazed Mahi, Tomatillo Verde, Onions, Lettuce with Rice and Beans
A month ago, The Mad Cactus was revamped from head to toe by chef Robert Irvine. It’s set to be featured on the November 2nd episode of Restaurant: Impossible. Having never been to the “old” version, I can’t say anything about the changes that were made. But I will say that I really enjoyed my experience here.
Ever since I saw the Puffy Taco Throwdown episode a while back, I always wanted to give them a try. We’re quite a ways from San Antonio (one of the only places you can find a puffy taco); so when I finally saw them on the menu, there was no way I was getting anything else.
While we were waiting for our food; we tried out the salsa bar that was stocked with at least 10 fresh salsas. My favorite was the chimmi churri. My least favorite was the chips. Why? Because you had to pay for them by the basket. What? Are you kidding me? As my friend Joey tweeted: “I want to live in a world where all Mexican restaurants give free chips and salsa.” The salsas were really good though, so I’d say it was worth the extra dollar or two.
The main dishes came and the puffy tacos were amazing. The caramelized BBQ sauce on the fish was great, and the tortillas were crispy but still had a good chew. Perfect mix between a hard and soft taco.
As I said, I can’t talk about where this place has come from (and I’m sure they don’t want to talk about it either), but I can definitely say that I like where it’s going.