Checking In: Breakfast Tacos at Juan Luis

If you’re reading this, its unfortunately too late to grab a breakfast taco from the Juan Luis trailer in front of Lewis Barbecue in Charleston.

Before it changed over to “JLs” after August 2, Juan Luis served delicious breakfast tacos with homemade tortillas made in the trailer unlike anything I’ve had. Of course, Charlotte and NC doesn’t have the breakfast taco culture that Austin or the Southwest has.

I had both the migas (crispy corn tortillas strips, avocado, pico de Gallo, eggs, cheese) and the toro (green chile beef, pintos, onions, egg, cheese) on my one and only visit and these tacos were life-changing. Particularly the migas, which I still think about to this day.

After a quick refresh, JLs will serve green chile cheeseburgers, green chile cheese dogs, frozen custard sundaes and margaritas. I imagine it will be worth checking out.

The Juan Luis concept will be transferred to Rancho Lewis, which is coming soon to the former Workshop food hall at 1503 King St in Winter 2022. For me, it will be a must stop next time I’m in Charleston.

Friday Find: "Are Austin's Tacos Better Than Its Barbecue?

Eater’s Dining on a Dime checked out the Austin taco scene a few years back to see whether its taco scene is actually better than its barbecue scene.

Description: This week on a bonus episode of Dining on a Dime from Austin, host Lucas Peterson forgoes Austin’s plentiful barbecue options to take himself on a taco crawl, sampling a few of the city’s best offerings. Watch the video above to follow him from Veracruz All Natural to Taqueria La Chilanga to Mellizoz Tacos.

Linkdown: 3/9/16

– Friend of the blog Sarah Crosland has a couple of pork and cocktail pairings from Customshop and the Ballantyne Hotel’s Gallery Restaurant included in this list of Charlotte’s top cocktail and food pairings

– A London publication’s view on the 32 best barbecue restaurants in the American South

– Sam Jones gets profiled in the Raleigh News & Observer

It’s not as if more upscale barbecue restaurants don’t exist – look at the Pit in Raleigh and Durham or Ed Mitchell’s former ’Que in Durham or just about any barbecue restaurant in New York or other large cities. (Let’s be clear: it doesn’t take much to step up from the linoleum-floor, vinyl-seat charm of the old-school places.) It’s just that in this part of the world, east of I-95, Sam Jones Barbecue is the outlier. He’s changing the definition of what a whole-hog barbecue restaurant can be in the part of the world most identified by the tradition.

– According to John Lewis

– Home Team BBQ opened its new location in downtown Charleston yesterday and Eater has what you can expect

– Barbecue and whiskey event at Queen City Q’s Ballantyne location