ZAZA offers eight varieties of “Street Tacos”: Carne Chicken Tinga (slow-cooked in tomato sauce with chipotle made fresh daily); Al Pastor (caramelized pork, pineapple, cinnamon and house marinade); Carne Asada; Carnitas (slow-cooked pulled pork); Brisket (ZAZA’s signature taco, slow cooked with ZAZA’s magic dust rub); fish (grilled or blackened); and shrimp. All are served with corn tortillas.We ordered the Carnitas, Carne Asada and Brisket tacos. The meat in the Carnitas taco was sweet, succulent and hearty. My daughter, a spice-lover, added hot sauce to her tacos. ZAZA offered us a quintet of hot sauces: red, green, habanero, salsa verde (tomatillo), and picante. ZAZA’s own salsa roja is a milder, smoky sauce made fresh daily – a worthy substitute if you aren’t a fan of spice. You can also ask for your tacos to come with Cotija cheese – a crumbly, dry, hard, cow’s milk cheese named after the town of Cotija in Mexico. In Mexico, Cotija is a staple used to season everything from tacos to soups to casseroles. At ZAZA, you can get Cotija sprinkled on hamburgers, enchiladas, and guacamole. Cotija tastes like a mixture of parmesan and feta: the perfect accompaniment to a street taco.
For dessert, we had room for a plate of churros, a dessert originating from Spain, consisting of a fried dough pastry dusted with cinnamon and sugar and topped with sliced strawberries.My daughter’s verdict: ZAZA’s Street Tacos were “legit.” ZAZA’s menu also offers burritos, enchiladas, tortas, quesadilla and their own ZAZA burger.
ZAZA is located at 1095 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island. Call 239-970-5205 or order online at eatatzaza.com.