At White Duck, you can get a carnitas taco, a fish taco, and a mole-sauced roast duck taco — all of which have strong Mexican connections; but this happy-go-lucky restaurant makes no effort to be authentically Mexican. It’s a fusion-taco experience, meaning you also can get tacos filled with Bangkok shrimp, spicy Buffalo chicken, lamb gyro meat, even tofu or jackfruit if you are a vegetarian.
They’re lovely creations, loaded with high-quality, expertly prepared ingredients; and at under $4 for a hefty one, they’re a very good deal. I could eat a trio of carnitas tacos (filled with pulled pork, beans, slaw) and not be hungry again for hours.
Pay a few extra dollars and you can get one of the premium variations, which are especially wonderful. Chilled lump crab meat is packed into its soft tortilla shell along with fried capers and Old Bay remoulade. Crisp pork belly comes garlanded with pickled watermelon rind and green onion aioli. Seared ahi tuna is flavored with ginger, sesame seeds, and wasabi creme: It’s glorious.
As far as I know, chocolate pot de creme with crumbled pistachio crust is not a traditional Mexican dessert, but here it’s billed as Mexican, and it is overwhelming: profoundly chocolaty, intensely rich. Salted caramel macaroon pie is is an teeter-totter of cooked sugar and salt.
The drink menu is a fun one, including white peach sangria, watermelon sangria, and fresh lime margaritas. And of course, there are interesting beers.