Restaurant Review: Uno Mas Fresh Mex

Preston Hunt, Reporter

Preston Hunt
Uno Mas Fresh Mex serves a variety of Mexican dishes. Customers can choose from a menu with 10 different tacos.

A favorite of mine, the Uno Mas ICT food truck serves a variety of delicious Mexican “Antojitos,” or street cravings, that are sure to be present at any local food truck rally. So when I heard the owners of the truck would be opening a standalone restaurant in a recently vacated space, I had to try it. The new Uno Mas Fresh Mex is located in the shopping center at the corner of 13th and Tyler, right next to Northwest High School.

For this visit, I ordered three tacos from a menu that boasted quite a few options, with each taco costing three or four dollars. I ordered the Bam Bam Shrimp, Baja Fish and Barbacoa, with the first being my favorite of the three. Fortunately, I was with my family so I was able to also try the Cali Burrito.

The Bam Bam Shrimp taco was quite good and tasted surprisingly fresh, more so than I expected. The highlight of this taco was definitely the pickled cabbage that was layered on top of the shrimp, which complemented the chili glaze very well. My only qualm was the shrimp, as I prefer grilled over fried shrimp, but good nonetheless. Second in line was the Barbacoa taco. I’m a big fan of barbacoa and I order it quite often, especially on bowls at Chipotle. The taco was topped with cilantro, queso fresco and avocado, which cut the saltiness of the barbacoa, creating a balance that I didn’t necessarily expect but thoroughly enjoyed. Coming in last of the three was the Baja Fish taco. I’m not sure if my expectations were too high for this taco because I’ve had fish tacos at coastal restaurants, but it just didn’t taste super fresh. I liked the flavor of the cabbage slaw that garnished the taco, but its wateriness made the whole ensemble very soggy. 

Finally, the Cali Burrito. Now, I’m not a huge fan of breakfast-like burritos, but I decided to give this a try since my brother had ordered it. I wasn’t impressed. The whole burrito felt heavy, and the fact it was stuffed with mostly soggy fries made me feel bloated after just a few bites. I definitely wouldn’t recommend this burrito, but if you consider yourself a breakfast burrito aficionado, you might like it. Get back to me. 

Overall, without trying all of the 10 tacos on the menu, I would say my experience was positive, and my two takeaways would be this: stay away from fish-based tacos, and be wary of the Cali Burrito. Nonetheless, definitely go out and try Uno Mas Fresh Mex and see for yourself.