$2 Taco Tuesdays at Tremont 647

tremont-647_2$2? For a taco in the swanky South End? Every Tuesday? Indefinitely??? You bet!

Andy Husbands, chef and owner of Tremont 647, began offering $2 Taco Tuesdays a few months ago… and he plans on running this popular special indefinitely. Andy is a friend of mine, so I’ve been dying to get over to 647 to try out this amazing deal — knowing well that I wouldn’t be disappointed in taste and I sure wouldn’t be complaining about the price.

So this past Tuesday, I met up with fellow food bloggers — Pam of Cave Cibum and LVS of Calamity Shazaam in the Kitchen — two great girls who love to eat and love to laugh at the same silly things I do.

We met up on the early side — 6pm — and the place was already hopping. One thing I love about Tremont 647 is that their martini menu hasn’t morphed into one of those NYC-style price lists (that seems to be the trend) — where drinks start at $12 a pop. Rather, the drinks on this menu begin at the ever-low price of $7 and cap out at $9.5. Definitely a deal in it’s own right.

I’m a sucker for pineapple-infused vodka, so I started (and finished) my night with Joy’s Pineapple Martini — house-infused pineapple vodka, Stoli Vanil pineapple juice & simple syrup ($7). LVS went with the Bourbon Belle — Jim Beam, sweet vermouth, Mathilde Peaches Liqueur & Angostura bitters ($8). Pam had a drink at the bar before we arrived and was doing a piece for her Cheap Eats column on the The Bostonist… so she passed on additional drinks. It was okay though, as LVS and I had plenty to cover ourselves and Pam.

First to arrive was an Amuse Bouche sent over by the chef … a mini version of their Harvest Salad — pears, feta, beets, butternut squash & walnuts (normally $9). It was a perfect little pile of sweet, savory and crunchy and a great start to our meal. We all enjoyed the flavor and texture of the salad and agreed that it was delicious.

We were at Tremont 647 for one reason and one reason only. The $2 tacos… so we ordered all four on the menu that night, each of us getting a slightly varied combination of the choices. We also ordered a side of Fried Plantains — served with Schlesinger’s Banana-Guava Ketchup ($4), The Sides Plate — Guacamole, Sour Cream and Cordito ($2) and a Black Bean, Cheddar and Goat Cheese Quesadilla ($7).

The tacos of the evening were (in order as shown below — and thanks to Pam for the awesome photos!): Fried Catfish Taco — with pickled purple cabbage, Grilled Steak Taco — with a grilled onion and corn salsa, Grilled Vegetable Taco — with refried beans and a lime-cumin vinaigrette and the Carnitas Taco (pork) — with pico de gallo. All tacos also come with a side order of salsa roja and salsa verde.

They were all quite yummy. I really loved the Catfish Taco and I believe that both Pam and LVS voted the Steak Taco as their favorite. I thought the Grilled Vegetable taco was good, but wasn’t madly in love with it… the same thing with the Quesadilla. They were what they were… good. The fried plantain were EXCELLENT as was the banana-guava ketchup that came with them.

We finished our meal with the Flan — which was topped with strawberries (a gift from the chef and not on the standard menu). Who doesn’t love flan??? Or anything with a custard consistency for that matter. Needless to say, it was delicious.

All in all, a good meal, with good friends and at great prices. If we had skipped the booze all together, the entire meal for all three of us would have been only $31 before taxes! You just can’t beat that… Thank you A.O.C.H!!!!

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