41900 Highway 160 Mancos, Mancos, CO, USA
Ted's Taco Mancos Reviews
3 Navajo Tacos, 2 Lemonades, and 1 Ice Tea Mar 25, 2010
We were on our way to Mesa Verde National Park today when of course I was struck by a fit of hunger. The same fit that happens to be the reason for many of these reviews...thank goodness I live an active life to keep it in check! We came to Mancos, CO, a small town that is also known as the "Gateway to Mesa Verde" and has been for years. There is a gas station, a post office, one paved main road going through the town, a natural foods market that is not much bigger than the gas station, and then...there is Ted's Taco. Had I not read the sign out loud we would've passed on by and never known the difference. The joint is small and doesn't look like much at all from the road. It's painted a faded green color that blends brilliantly into the browns and tans of the natural landscape...which by the way is stunning, even on a day as hazy as today.
Because road trips inspire spontaneity and the trying of new things we took a risk and pulled over. I could not have been more excited when Jason looked at me and says..."Alton Brown has been here." "No way.", I thought, no way has Alton Brown been to Ted's Taco! Never fails, my boyfriend knows his food network...he is the man by the way.
We walked in and there were two cute ladies sitting in the middle of a modestly not decorated room waiting for their food to come out. We ordered 3 small Navajo Tacos, 2 lemonades, and 1 large ice tea. I forgot to mention Jodi was with us...we didn't devour that just the two of us. The total came to just under $20 for three people, brilliant.
While we waiting we browsed the local photographs explaining the history of the area and the natives who used to occupy the land. We read about the first settlers and then we came to a newspaper article...about Ted's Taco being featured on the Food Network with Alton Brown! My belly growled with excitement...this was indeed the place that Alton had claimed to serve the best Frybread in the country!
First off...unless you are ready to eat an entire horse do not order anything other than the small! It was more than enough food...in fact, I was guilty of leaving a few crumbs behind. The flavor was great, had a nice spice to it...was loaded with fresh tomatoes, lettuce, and chili...hence the spicy delicious goodness. The lemonade was also great, not too sweet like some places make it.
I walked out feeling so saturated in local flavor I could've turned around and gone home without doing anything else today!
If you are passing through Mancos, or staying in Durango...stop at Ted's Taco. I hear they even cook their frybread the old fashion way. Get this...Ted was there. This man has pride for his work and it shows. Aside from the amazing flavors he's cooking up, this was the cleanest place I've ever eaten. Probably cleaner than my own kitchen. Even the corners of the floor were spotless...seriously...I probably would've eaten off the window sill.
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