BMC Market – Taqueria is a little Mexican restaurant with an attached store on South Osborne Street. Mexican food isn’t at the top of my list when it comes to dining choices. So far, as far as I can remember, I’ve only tried three. I’d rank them so far, as very good, to good, to meh. I’ve also tried a couple of South American restaurants that share some cuisine with Mexico.
Monday – Saturday 11:30-20:00
Sunday 12:00 – 18:00
In most ways, the closest comparable to BMC is Sargent Taco. The prices and portions are very similar. BMC has a little more seating than Sargent Taco. Both places offer really good quality at really great prices.
BMC Tacos and Soup
My first trip to the restaurant was only a couple of weeks ago. I was trying to decide where to go for supper and thought I might visit Vera pizza. Unfortunately, it was late afternoon and Vera wasn’t open yet. That being the case I wandered a little farther down the street to BMC.
When you enter off of Osborne into the restaurant, you find a section of the restaurant dedicated to the market and Mexican food products, including several spice mixes sold under the restaurant’s label. This section leads you to the counter, where you place your order before seating.
On the other side of this entrance way are the tables. There is table seating for about 30, with a couple of window counters that seat a half a dozen more. The tables that are along the wall feature tables with benches against the wall and metal chairs on the other side of the table. The walls are largely decorated with a selection of photographs of Mexican towns and landscapes.
For my meal I ordered the tortilla soup along with the taco trio. The taco trio comes at two different price levels. You can get the 3 for $5.00 or the 3 for $6.99. I ordered the 3 for $6.99 choosing two barbacoa and one carnita. The taco came fully stuffed. I found the carnitas a little unimaginative, but still reasonably good, and quite enjoyed the barbacoa. You are offered a choice of mild, medium, and hot for your sauce. I went with the hot, and it is quite hot.
I also enjoyed the chicken tortilla soup. I didn’t have the cheesiness that some other do, but there was plenty of chicken and the flavour is quite good.
I only had water to drink with my order, but on the way out I noticed a Pineapple-Papaya beverage in one of the coolers. I took one to drink while I waited for bus. It is refreshing, but the papaya didn’t really show up.
Another Early Supper
Friday is now my day off, and it gives me the opportunity to get out and eat more often than Monday did. Yesterday, I head down once again to BMC Market. This time I arrived just after 4 pm. The only other person in the restaurant was waiting for a take-out order.
This time around I decided that I would order two or three small items to go along with my main item. For my main item I chose the three quesadilla option. I stuck with the same flavour for all of them, choosing the chorizo.
Along with the quesadilla I chose a carrot salad, chips with pico de galla, and a Jarritos Cola to drink. This was a fairly full meal, and with salad, chips and drink, it only came to $22.50, tax and tip all included.
The carrot salad is a pleasant mixture of carrots, raisins, and pineapple. It’s sweet without being overly so. The pico de galla that came with the chips is nice and chunky. The dish is portioned out and ready to go, so that I had something to munch on while I waited for the rest of my order to arrive.
While the tortilla soup on my first visit was not particularly cheesy, the quesadillas were. The cheese was nice and stringy and fun to eat. This is all washed down nicely by the Jarritos Cola. I don’t know if it’s an accident or not, by my bottle had a little bit of ice in it, keeping the beverage nice and cold. I also like the fact that it is not as sweet as Coca-Cola.
The service at BMC is friendly, and efficient. This is a place worth making the trip down South Osborne to visit.