Habanero Sombrero – Fire on Broadway

Habanero Sombrero has gone off-Broadway. Over the winter the owners announced that they were closing down their truck. Since then they have reopened inside The Forks Market.

tortilla chips
The tortillas are still on the menu, and just as crispy and tasty as ever.

The Forks location is in the Food Hall in the Common. The space was formerly occupied by Kyu Grill.  Why they left, I do not know. However their cart is still in business.

Taco selection
A tray of tacos. You can see both the hot sauce for the tacos and the salsa for the chips as well.

Taco Time at Habanero Sombrero

My first time at the new location I order the tacos. There are several varieties on the menu.  I choose one each of the beef, pork and chicken.  You get a choice of hot sauces for the tacos. I go with the hottest, which has a nice kick to it.

The tacos themselves are all quite moist and the ingredients are always fresh. Along with the tacos I ordered the tortilla chips. The chips are good and crispy. They really hold up well when you dip them in the salsa. The prices are higher than when I originally reviewed the place, but that is seven years past. As value, I would rate them above Good Fight Tacos at Hargrave Market

Habanero Sombrero Quesadillas

Now, I have not bought from the truck in a while, so I do not know if they had quesadillas. They do offer them at The Forks. So, on my second visit, I decided to order a pork and cheese quesadilla.

Quesadilla
The Pork and cheese Quesadilla is delicious.

These are delicious. The pork was moist, with good flavour. The cheese is also good and stretchy. The best part for me is this comes with a rich chipotle mayonnaise to use for dipping. 

I am very glad that Habanero Sombrero is open at The Forks. No need to worry about whether it is rainy or not. Great food is available all the time. It is a great addition to the The Forks Food Hall

Habanero Sombrero Original Review

The Habanero Sombrero truck has appeared on Broadway.  There are now at least two  trucks focusing on authentic tacos in downtown Winnipeg. The other one is El Toritto. There should be plenty of room for both on Winnipeg streets.

Habanero Sombrero Logo.
The Habanero Sombrero logo on the side of the truck.

One of the things that I think will work in favour of both trucks is that their menus are slightly different.  Having one on Portage and one on Broadway also works out well for the two of them.  Here are my thoughts:

Value:

Two taco are $6.00 three are $8.00. Homemade Tortillas with Salsa are $3.00/ with Guacamole $4.00. You can get them with a drink in combo for $10.00.  There are other items such as quesadillas and chicken wings available according to their website. I haven’t notice them when I was at the truck.  Aye Carumba cookies are $1.00.  4.5/5

Selection:

There are four different varieties of tacos. With the tortillas chips and variety of salsas, there is a good variety of choice here. 4.5/5

Habanero Sombrero tacos
Tacos from Habanero Sombrero.

Habanero Sombrero Quality:  

The tacos themselves are good to very good.  I found the chicken to be a little overcooked and dry. The bean taco had a good smooth texture to it.  The pulled pork was juicy and tender.  There are two stars at Habanero Sombrero.  The homemade tortilla Chips and the Aye Carumba cookie.

Habanero Sombrero offers great hommmade Taco Chips
The Habanero Sombrero bag of Taco Chips
At Habanero Sombrero, you can add however much or little heat you like to the tacos
A good selection of condiments.
The Habanero Sombrero lunch menu
The Habanero Sombrero Lunch Menu is usually on a free-standing sign these days.

The tortillas chips are especially good, if eaten warm as soon as you get them.  Nicely crunchy and not over-salted.  The habanero salsa is great if you like heat. The green salsa, while listed as medium might still be too hot for most people.
The Aye Carumba cookie is a double chocolate cookie with coconut and ginger.  The ginger helps to cuts some of the sweetness of the chocolate, while the coconut adds a nice layer of chewiness to it.  4.5/5
Habanero Sombrero Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Portability:

This is the biggest drawback..  Not only are the plates flat, but they don’t feel very strong. One feels at risk of losing their tacos if the wind picks up at all.  This is especially true if one also has a bag of tortillas on the plate.  3/5

Service:

The service has been friendly and efficient.  They move their orders out quite quickly even when busy.  4.5/5

Overall for Habanero Sombrero:

When you visit Habanero Sombrero, remember to make sure to order an Aye Carumba cookie.  This will definitely be a place to revisit over the coming months.  4.5/5

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