Una Mas Taqueria

Mexican | Street Food | Vegetarian
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**** THIS RESTAURANT IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED ****

When interviewed by a local reporter shortly after she and her husband Scott opened Una Mas Taqueria on Aiken’s main drag in 2016, Angela Richardson boasted, “We don’t have a freezer and we don’t have a fryer.” When I stopped in for lunch one day and pondered the possibility of having a torta (Mexican sandwich), the man behind the counter enthusiastically noted that the torta bread had come out of the oven only a short time ago. Sure enough, it was as fresh as can be — still warm.

Meats are smoked on premises, produce is bought daily, recipes are from-scratch honest. Deluxe restaurants that charge four times what Una Mas charges for lunch are not so scrupulous about the freshness and the quality of what they serve; but the fact is that you can come here and enjoy a terrific lunch and get change from a ten-dollar bill.

It is informal, that’s for sure. The menu bills what’s served as “street food,” and that is how it is sold. Customers order and pay at the back counter, then find a seat to which a member of the staff brings the food. Most everything comes on paper or wrapped in foil. Tacos, burritos, and tortas require no utensils. (However, soups, salads, and rice bowls do.) It’s easy to be in and out, well fed, in under a half hour.

I’ve yet to find anything I wouldn’t recommend on the menu, and I am eager to return to sample everything. For now, I most highly recommend spicy pulled pork, which has a real pit-BBQ smoky savor, and slow-simmered shredded beef as well as just about any of the tortas made on that fine house-baked bread.

What to Eat
Una Mas Taqueria, Spicy Pork Taco
Spicy Pork Taco
Must-Try
Spicy pulled pork has a real pit-BBQ smoky flavor. With smashed pinto beans, cheese, and lime slaw, it makes a breathtaking taco.
Una Mas Taqueria, Shredded Beef Taco
Shredded Beef Taco
Must-Try
Beef is pot-roast tender, accompanied in a taco by smashed pintos, cheese, lettuce, and chipotle crema.
Una Mas Taqueria, Salsa, Chips & Guacamole
Salsa, Chips & Guacamole
Must-Try
Salsa packs cumin punch. Guacamole is creamy with bright vegetable flavor.
Una Mas Taqueria, (Y)UM Taco
(Y)UM Taco
Must-Try
(Y)UM ground beef, available in a burrito, torta, or (shown here) a taco, radiates vivid chile pepper seasoning.
Una Mas Taqueria, Spicy Pork Burrito
Spicy Pork Burrito
Must-Try
Burrito loaded with spicy pork, smashed pinto beans, cheese, crema, and lime slaw
Una Mas Taqueria, Tomato-Ginger Bisque
Tomato-Ginger Bisque
Must-Try
Tomato ginger bisque is a swirl of fruity, spicy, fragrant flavors.
Una Mas Taqueria, Blackened Salmon Taco
Blackened Salmon Taco
Lime slaw, pico de gallo, and crema accompanies the blackened fish of the day. On this day, it is meaty hunks of salmon.
Una Mas Taqueria, Veggie Torta
Veggie Torta
The fine crust and soft crumb of baked-here torta (sandwich) bread makes it a joy to chew, whatever the ingredients. This one is all veggies: beans, guacamole, pico de gallo, lettuce, cilantro, and chipotle cream.
Una Mas Taqueria, Rum Cake
Rum Cake
Moist, sweet, and quite alcoholic-tasting, rum cake is a nice way to end the meal.
Una Mas Taqueria, Chicken Club Torta
Chicken Club Torta
Chicken club torta: chunks of grilled chicken + bacon + smashed pintos + guacamole + lettuce + cheese + chipotle ranch dressing
Una Mas Taqueria, Pineapple Pico de Gallo
Pineapple Pico de Gallo
Pineapple pico de gallo was a bright, sweet option on an unusually warm day in January.
Una Mas Taqueria, Blackened Swordfish Taco
Blackened Swordfish Taco
Blackened fish taco (swordfish) is adorned with lime slaw, crema, and pico de gallo.
Una Mas Taqueria, Corn con Queso
Corn con Queso
A great way to start: creamy, earthy corn con queso, with guacamole in back and (not pictured here), spicy salsa.
Una Mas Taqueria, Blackened Salmon Rice Bowl
Blackened Salmon Rice Bowl
Blackened salmon rice bowl, topped with crema, pico de gallo, and cilantro
Una Mas Taqueria, Brisket Rice Bowl
Brisket Rice Bowl
You can have a rice bowl topped with any of the house meats (or meatless). This one is heaped with shreds of smoky brisket.
Una Mas Taqueria, Chicken Club Taco
Chicken Club Taco
Chicken, bacon, beans, guacamole, et. al tumble from a taco, turning it into fork food.
Directions and Hours
Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes

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