OS Reviews: Yallah Taco
One of the most wonderful parts about Penn State is its abundance of late-night food options. Up until now, however, there was one missing piece: a true late night burrito. Taco Bell has always been an option, but now Penn State has an authentic new taco place that is conveniently located right outside the Gaff. We sent some of our writers to Yallah Taco to see if there could be a new drunk food champion in town.
One thing about me is guaranteed: I can be found at Chipotle or Qdoba at least once a week. However, after trying Yallah Taco, I may have a new go-to destination. Over the past few days, I have tried both the chicken and the beef tacos at Yallah and I have been more than satisfied; I actually found myself craving their beef tacos late one night. Yallah Taco has some great deals — you can get two tacos or one burrito for a measly five dollars, which is a steal since they absolutely stuff the shells full of meat, veggies, and sauces. The service is extremely fast and the location is open late-night so they can catch the bar crowd as they go home. Yallah Taco is also conveniently located in the middle of downtown near the Gaff, making it a reasonable distance for everyone. If you’re looking for a quick, filling, and cheap meal that isn’t pizza for once, then Yallah Taco is the place to go.
Yallah is far away from Cabo but if you stop by around 6:00 p.m. on a Sunday night and close your eyes, it’s the closest you’ll get in State College. Mariachi music and bright colors are only outdone by the two-for-five deal that’s more than enough of a meal. Both the chicken and steak tacos have flavor and are filling. Likewise, Yallah Taco takes care to deliver a good-looking presentation on a soft shell with a lime to squeeze out. Watch out for tearing your shell, though, because the self-proclaimed, “good hombres” aren’t afraid of a large serving. Like an excursion to Mexico, Yallah was quick, easy, and left me wanting more. If you know what you’re doing, it’s not too bad on the wallet either. The only thing missing from this hidden cabana in Calder Alley is a license to sell Corona.
Yallah Taco is a diamond in the rough — and not solely because of its affordable prices. I tried the fish taco and the beef burrito for my late night fill, and I was beyond satisfied. At $3, the taco is definitely generously sized. Its ingredients are fresh, and the composition distinctly unique with red cabbage and corn salsa. The burrito is on a whole new level. At $5, it’s bigger than any other i’ve ever bought in town, and it blows the competition clean out the water. The Spanish rice and tender, tasty beef go hand-in-hand, and the various ingredients make it stand alone. I’m hooked, and hope a few items are added to the menu as the business continues to expand.
When I heard a taco / burrito place was opening, and that they would be open late night, I knew I had to try it. I was skeptical to say the least when I arrived to find that it was an “order at the window” place rather than a sit down place, but that skepticism went right out the window when my food arrived. Simply put: Yallah Taco is the real deal.
After looking over the simple menu I decided to go with two chicken tacos for the low price of $5. The two soft-shell tacos were loaded with chicken, and a perfect amount of lettuce, corn, cheese, and sour cream. The tacos were delicious and they blew my expectations away. Don’t let anyone tell you Yallah Taco is just drunk food, it’s a lunch/dinner/anytime place. For $5 it was a great deal for the amount of food and the quality. I honestly can’t wait to go back for lunch this week and try a burrito. If you ever have the craving for late night tacos, forget Taco Bell and head straight for Yallah Taco for some quality food.