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Tuesday
Oct222013

A Very Solid Taco at Fatty Daddy on Ninth Street

Fatty Daddy Taco quietly opened the Thursday before last on Ninth Street just west of Fifth Avenue, in the space that was briefly occupied by a middling Asian fusion joint, and before that Pita Hut. It's operated by a husband-and-wife duo, who also run the well-regarded Layla Jones on Court Street (and served Mexican food before that), and it's clear that they know what they're doing with this place.

The menu is classic taqueria, with tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and tortas filled with your choice of grilled chicken, grilled steak, grilled fish, spicy stewed chicken, grilled portobello, chorizo, or spicy ground beef (picadillo). Tacos come topped with a thin guacamole, cilantro, and onion; and tortas, perhaps as a nod to the Miami Frita, are topped with potato sticks, always a worthy addition. Prices aren't cheap but aren't expensive either: tacos run about $3.50 on average, burritos about $8.50, quesadillas run $5.50 with just cheese and $7.50 with meat, and tortas cost about $8. You can find cheaper tacos elsewhere, but these are also larger than most; two is enough to fill you up.

The steak was well-seasoned and properly cooked, the stewed chicken (pictured) had a spicy chipotle kick and wasn't just a pile of mush, and the fish was fresh and nicely blackened. The tortillas used are also some of the best I've had.

We thankfully live in a neighborhood that offers several mighty good tacos. You can get them for cheaper elsewhere, but something tells me Fatty Daddy is going to stick around for a while.

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Reader Comments (29)

Looks legit! Saw quite the crowd there this past weekend.

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFelton

Is this the place near the 9th street projects? Looks like a big improvement. :-)

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWilhelm

Looks great. Where are these cheaper alternatives you speak of though-Dan?

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

The Tacos Moreles truck that parks on Union/5th Avenue nearly every day/night is better and cheaper. They are based in Jackson Heights, Queens. Best tacos in town.

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersterling

@Sterling

Nice, thanks

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

@ sterling, Tacos Morelos is the best legit offering we have in this neighborhood, or at least the only spot that reminds me of the San Diego/Mexico tacos I grew up with. They can also be found at the Bedford stop in Williamsburg. Love those guys!

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpb

Also try Haab on 6th Avenue. They are new, have an outpost in Williamsburg and opened one up here a couple months ago.

http://www.haabnyc.com/#

Agree Tacos Morelos is probably the best but for a nice sit down taco/burrito, Haab is the best.

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRick

Tried the chicken tacos from Fatty Daddy last weekend and they were legit!

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

The enthusiasm in this thread is legit!

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

As far as alternatives I could only think of Haab and Oaxaca. $3.50 is fine with me if they're reliable.

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFelton

If it IS near those projects, it'll close down because the people over there still want cheaper alternatives and want it fried. Maybe in a few years when that side of the slope gentrifies a bit more and the dollar stores move out closer to Sunset Park and then Bay Ridge.

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTed ReTurner

Tried a quesadillas last night--the chicken was tasteless and the cheese overwhelming and greasy. Completely overpriced--especially given the amount of chicken in it.

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterI remember when

Sooooo....not legit? Bogus, bro.

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFelton

Yo, idiots; those aren't projects. It's called an apartment building.

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYo

Was really excited to try this place. Ordered a couple of burrito bowls and was very surprised to find white rice. And it was a ton of white rice!! I have never really seen that before. I may give them another shot and order something else.

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLarry Appleton

Actually "Yo" they are low income apartments. You need to make below a certain income to live there. When the city subsidizes housing to make it more affordable for those without as much money as some in the expensive neighborhood, we call that a housing project. It's not the same as the "ghetto" projects we generally think of, but it is still a project. This does not make them bad apartments and it doesn't make the dwellers bad people, but we need to call it as it is.

Having said that, I tried this place and it was nothing to write about, other than to say that. I agree it will close but not because it may or may not appeal to the people in the nearby projects, but because it wasn't anything special and was expensive.

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJames

I'm not 100% comfortable with the sanitary situation at The Tacos Moreles truck. It kind of grossed me out actually.

October 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBaDaBing

Tried it this past Monday, extremely clean and a very polite staff. Now for the food, i had the Chicken Quesadila and the Steak Burrito, both were excellent. The steak was nicely seasoned, and for the price you get quite a bit to eat. I highly recommend it and will be going back... best Mexican in the area !!!

October 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIrish John

This place doesnt need to be the best and cheapest in the entire neighborhood to thrive.-theres far too much mediocrity that does well around it and theres clearly no decent competition within blocks,

Ive already seen more people in it than I ever saw in that spaces predecssor. Its good, its affordable, its a nice addition that will do well.

October 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPhil

Hands down, the best, most authentic tacos in Park Slope are from the taco truck on 5th Ave. / Union. I'd put Fatty Daddy at no. 2. I foresee it being there a long time because there aren't other cheap, authentic a la carte taco options in Park Slope other than the two I mentioned above.

October 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

@matt - what about Reyes!

October 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenter````

You know, I've never eaten at Reyes, as it's a bit out of the way from me. But judging from people that eat there (i.e. Mexicans), I bet it's very good. Thanks for reminding me.

Guerro Food Center (5th / 23rd St.) sells good tacos too actually.

October 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

http://countryboysfood.weebly.com/

This place is supposed to be great, but haven't yet been.

October 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersterling

I was drawn to FD's by the great colors, which reminded me of San Diego. Once inside I found that the tacos' were just as good as some of my favorites on the West Coast. I had a steak fajita and was thrilled by the amount of food i received, as well the reasonable price. In addition, the salad I ate had real greens ... none of that nonsense thats a few days old and is more iceberg. I am taking some of my friends on Saturday to get a bite to eat before we head out for the night.

October 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKerri D

@Sterling

I had high hopes for Country Boys cause their truck at RH was so good. Their restaurant however both times Ive been has been very mediocre at best.

October 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

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