First Taste

Joyride Taco House in Gilbert Starts Out Sputtering

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Joyride's menu is a tidy selection of shared plates, tacos, salads, burritos, and tortas, with many dishes featuring unexpected ingredients such as purslane, Spanish Mahón cheese, and Anasazi beans. Sadly, many of the items read better on paper than they come off tasting.

If you'd like a little guacamole to go along with your complimentary chips and very good fire-roasted salsa, it might be best to go the conventional route. Spending an extra buck for the crispy cheese-topped Joyride Style ($8), which promises, but fails to deliver on, ingredients like charred tomato, jalapeño, and sriracha, hardly seems worth it. The same could be said of the uninspiring trio of ceviches ($12.50), in which offerings of rockfish, ahi tuna, and scallop taste as if they'd been abandoned by each's supporting ingredients. Also, the dish comes with more chips than you'll know what to do with.

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Laura Hahnefeld
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