Chronic Tacos is an American franchise restaurant originating in California specializing in tacos and burritos with fresh salsa.
These guys who work here are so laid back... but in a polite, friendly way that really endears them. The food itself is pretty decent, although the tacos are a bit heavy and loaded. You'll go away full.
The place itself is small and a bit cluttered with tables and tvs placed apparently without too much thought for aesthetic appeal, but it's a fun joint none the less.
The anticipation for the opening of Chronic Tacos was agonizing! I would drive by all the time waiting and waiting for the day the kraft paper was taken down from the windows, the reveal of the first CT in Canada!
When it finally opened, I was not disappointed. I've been there 3 times now and every time I have yet been able to pass up the same thing I ordered each time. Delicious fish taco baja-style! When they say "made-to-order", they are not kidding. You order, they ask how you want it done (in my case, grilled or battered) and then that's when they make the taco. Trust me, between made when ordered and pre-cooked, makes the world of difference.
The first time I went, the person in front of me ordered a burrito. Everyone in line was amazed with each layer of ingredients going in. By the time the taco expert was finished wrapping (with difficulty) the massive stuffed tortilla, it was the size of a baby's head. He had to double-wrap it to keep it all together.
I gave it a 2 star service rating because it pretty much is a self-serve joint. Go up to order, wait for food, pay (the girl working the cash register was kinda grouchy all times I've gone), and seat yourself. However, everyone there was very friendly and easy-going.
Value, 3 stars because it is pretty pricey. 2 tacos, chips and salsa and a drink set me back over $8. But, because of the freshness of being made-to-order, it's pretty fair.
Can't wait to go back! Hopefully try something different!
I have been keeping an eye on this place for the past few months wondering when it was going to open. Well it finally did so I decided to try it for lunch. I ordered a couple of tacos, one beef, one chicken. Rather pedestrian I know but thats what the guy recommended.
Anyways, they were both pretty good and I did enjoy the marinated meat in them. My one complaint is the salsa; the verde (medium) wasn't spicy at all and their fresca (mild) wasn't that great tasting, I assume because the tomatoes weren't that great. The rest of it was pretty good though and the tacos were huge and only about 3 or 4 bucks each.
The sandwich board outside mentioned a beer special for under 5 bucks so this would be a good way to go, especially for dinner. You can't really go wrong with tacos and beer. I will return, hopefully the salsa is improved.
Everytime I've ordered something different at Chronic I've been pleasantly surprised. The portions are generous and you get good value for a quick, and relatively healthy-ish meal. The one complaint I have is with the way you order. You wait in line to order, and you also wait while your food is being assembled. I think it would be more efficient for the staff to take your order, and then deliver the food to you once its made.
Hubby and I stopped by for a quick snack. This place follows the fast food concept (line up, order and select toppings, pay,and find a table/booth) along with that of a pub. The staff seems friendly. The place is very clean. He had the carne asado taco and I had the pollo taco. Ingredients were fresh but we both thought our taco were bland. It was well seasoned with salt but we couldn't taste the mexican flavours. We may have contributed to this: we shouldn't have asked for a little of every topping because the taco got quite soggy and it was hard to close the wrarp togehter because there was a lot of filling. Less is more. Chronic tacos are at par wtih the others we've had at a variety of Mexican places in Vancouver - none of whihch are as good as those we've had in northern and southern California, typically in small, family operated places..
There is a reason there are big line ups. And to make the line up feel shorter, the bar is in the middle of the line up. Grab a beer along the way and the time flies by. The gentlemen making the food are great. The have laid back attitudes and at the same time, quite hard working. Very friendly and cool.
One time going there our coworker, who is allergic to seafood, alerting them of the allergy, and they went far out of their way to make sure there were no contamination. They started a separate deep fryer just for her.
The food is fine, a bit greasy, but I like that. They give you a lot of melted cheese goodness.
I've been here a number of times and I always come out satisfied. This is isn't your authentic mexican food, but it does fill my mexican cravings. If I wanted authentic tacos I'd go to la taqueria on cambie which also has long lineups. I usually go just before 12PM as the lunch time rush lineups can be long, sometimes a 15 minute wait. Mondays they have burritos on sale and Tuesdays are tacos.
My favorite is the the beef fajita burrito with spanish rice and black beans, it costs a little more but well worth it. It may take a little longer to cook/prepare but the wait is worth it. Carne Asada and Al Pastor are also good. They pack the burrito and it is very filling and very heavy. Great value.
The tacos are good and very full. They use 2 pieces of the soft tortillas and add your choice of ingredients. The guacamole is free with tacos. For meat tacos, again I would go Carne Asada or Al Pastor. I found their chicken to be a little bland. The fish (grilled or beer battered) and shrimp tacos are all very good, be sure to order them baja style.
Service is always good, everyone is friendly. The lineups are expected as it takes time to prepare everything, there is room for it to be more efficient though. Another tip sign up for their frequent member card on their website.
Good service seems to be more rare these days than ever, so after coming here twice (with a Groupon) my husband and I were totally blown away. The tacos themselves are not bad (you order at the counter, and sit yourself--love how casual it is), but it's the service I would come back for time and time again.
The first time we had the fish fatty taco and beef burrito (HUGE), but we drove all the way home (40 min away), and everything got soggy with the fresh salsa). The 2nd time we ate in (tons of big screen tvs you can watch the game on), and we were extremely pleased (taco bowls for the win! I recommend the beer battered fish one). You can choose what you want in your order (ie. lettuce, salsa, hot sauce), and you sit yourself. The minute I sat down the friendly waitress set my table. The guys are so laid back there it felt like home, and it was totally unpretentious. Love it. They didn't blink an eye when we used our Groupon which is a big plus. The average price per person is about $7.99, which is quite fair considering the portion sizes.
Added note: my husband left his fanny pack/manpurse/wallet behind, and he happened to have a bit of cash in it that day. After driving all the way home he realized he left it on his seat. We drove frantically back, only to find out it was safe and sound, and when he offered $20 for the good will the guy declined graciously. It ended up in the tip jar. Thank you!
A friend introduced me to this place, and I haven't stopped going back. The food is super fresh, made right there when you order it. There is much variety on the menu, although I can't stop ordering steak tacos. The staff is incredibly laid back and chill even when it's super busy, and they're all really nice. It's kind of cafeteria style, but usually, someone is coming around to at least ask how you're doing or take away any clutter from your table. I can't say enough about how good it is: cheap, fast, healthy(ish), delicious.