Tio’s Tacos

 I didn’t really need or want another meal, but I was in Riverside with a couple hours to kill and this place was the most interesting spot I found. The exterior and grounds of Tio’s Tacos have been covered with folk art made from found materials and trash. Chicken wire frames have been stuffed with toys, light bulbs, empty detergent containers, whatever … to create statues. A shrine and pyramid have been built from empty beer bottles. Stuffed animals hang from the trees. There’s more of it than I could comprehend in an hour, and all of it was weird and fascinating. Here’s what it says on the restaurant’s web site.

The Sanchez family owners of Tio’s Tacos # 1 Seafood y Centro de Frutas Naturales are proud Mexican immigrants from Sahuayo a litle-town located in the state of Michoacan in México, based on sacrifices and hard work they have achieved the American dream, besides being fully committed to promoting Mexican culture and to offer their customers and friends the best Mexican food in the Inland Empire, thanks to the genius and creativity of Martin Sanchez has been achieved with effort and hard work to create the unimaginable from waste and recyclable material.

I think that sums it up nicely.

After parking in the lot and wandering around for 45 minutes, I felt obligated to buy something. The beef taco was OK. The quart of orange juice that a young woman fresh-squeezed for me was delicious. I’ll allow the photos to tell the rest of the story.

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As I was eating my taco at Tio’s, this cat came a-begging. I didn’t offer it any food, but I did immortalize it in a red chair photo, which is nice.

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