After reading the nice interview with chef/owner, (and Culinary Institute grad), Jessica Phillips at jerseybites.com, my wife & I decided to try her new taco place called A Taco Affair in Little Falls, which is the next town over from us. Jessica does not make your usual tacos. She uses more gourmet fillings, and they can be made on a corn tortilla or a healthier lettuce wrap. All of the tacos are $4.75, except for the Sesame Tuna (@$5.25), and the New England Lobster Tuna (MP; $8.00 last night). The prices might seem expensive for a taco, but Jessica uses top of the line ingredients, and she really stuffs the tacos (after initial complaints of more tortilla than filling). The place itself is not really made for dates. It is more for families. They have 3 large communal tables with backless stools and a couple of wrought iron tables and chairs by the window (where my wife & I sat). It can also get very noisy since there is nothing to cushion the sounds. I would recommend doing takeout, unless you have children. Jessica and the staff are extremely friendly and very accommodating.
For dinner we tried the following delicious tacos:
Po Boy with cajun popcorn shrimp, red tomato, green cabbage, and old bay mustard aioli
Buttermilk Fried Chicken with crispy fried chicken, jalapeno ranch, smoky chunks of bacon, and green tomato
Smoked Brisket with house smoked brisket, cole slaw, and crispy red onions
Bahn Mi with Marinated Pork, Pickled Carrots, Cucumber, Cilantro, and Sriracha Aioli
Sesame Tuna with Rare Ahi Tuna, Napa Cabbage, Scallion, Pickled Mango, and Smoked Hoisin.
We also had the following side dishes:
An excellent buttermilk fried avocado with chipotle aioli that was deliciously crispy on the outside and silky smooth on the inside
Delicious Mexican Street Corn with charred sweet corn, cilantro lime aioli, and a special cheese blend. We didn't realize that the corn came on the cob but they graciously removed the corn from the cob for us (so we wouldn't risk losing our teeth ).
I also had beef brisket pinto beans which supposedly consisted of BBQ beef brisket and pinto beans, but the beef brisket was nowhere to be found. It was still tasty though.
Some other creative tacos that they serve are the Maine Lobster taco, Chicken Tikka Masala, Pork Belly Huevos Rancheros, chorizo hash, crab fritters, and a traditional taco. Jessica also has special tacos on some days. There weren't any specials Friday night but earlier in the week she had a blackened cod taco. Jessica also makes different hot sauces daily. Friday night she had a strawberry chile and a pineapple habanero hot sauce. They also have a loyalty rewards card where you get 1 free taco for every 12 that you purchase. We are halfway there
If you live near Little Falls I would suggest you give it a try, but unless you have a family, I would order it for pickup.