If you're experiencing the lure of authentic Mexican food, head just outside of Fairview, to Bogue Hill, for the Taco Spot, a neatly tucked-away little gem. The warm, welcoming atmosphere is worth the trip with offerings that also include pulled pork, crispy pork belly, beef, vegetable options and marinated chicken and pork.
Leonor Rincon and her family moved to Montego Bay from Mexico in 2010 and brought with them a taste of their culture. Soon the desire to break bread with new Jamaican friends would lead to BYOB taco parties and get-togethers which exposed locals to Mexican culinary delights. Then, in 2020, the novel coronavirus pandemic hit with the subsequent lockdowns bringing about a ban on public gatherings. Rincon, who one day had been about to prepare tacos and share on her Instagram status, received a fateful request for some to be done for a friend, Shereel Brown. Supermarket run done, tacos prepared, Brown and three couples came by to pick up the orders, and Rincon's Taco Spot was born.
Rincon spoke to Thursday Food about the taco takeover.
"We started with the taco cart. Normally in Mexico you find it just like the jerk chicken cart: no chairs or tables. Now we have grown, because it's like a family thing and persons, when they come, like the open space and the feeling of being free. We were only open on Saturdays but now Thursdays too, and soon Fridays as well," Rincon shared.
While all the condiments can be added per your choice, Rincon shared that the "reds" (marinated chicken and pork) go best with the "green sauce", which is made from Tomatillo or Mexican husk tomato. They are, however, not tomatoes. Red sauce is best paired with crispy pork belly and pulled pork. Pico de gallo salsa is best for the pulled pork as it enhances the flavour.
Now that we have armed you with some tidbits, the mix and matching is up to you to see how you like it.
— Text & photos: Aceion Cunningham