In an age of wannabe do-it-yourself-ers, Ray and Christie are the real deal. In addition to homemade sauces, fresh guacamole and darn good Mexican eats, they also built the cheery restaurant's tables and chairs.In an age of DIY-ers, some great, some not so great, it's refreshing to see people who are doing things themselves, and doing 'em right, too. And those people are Christie and Ray of Nacho Mama's Street Taqueria. The casual Mexican place, which humbly began as a food truck (which the couple built themselves) in 2011, quickly garnered a devoted following. So devoted, in fact, that Christie and Ray required a bit more room. So to Decatur they went, opening up shop for the first time earlier this summer. The space is open, with cheerful orange walls adorned with hand-painted signs, and a smattering of tables are strewn about, coupled with colorful chairs. Sensing a theme?
When it comes to do-it-yourself-ers, Ray and Christie are the real deal. Luckily, this entrepreneurial spirit and inventive know-how extends to the recipes, too. Ray is a graduate of culinary school, and he first fell in love with Mexican cuisine when he worked in a lumberyard in Texas. Every day during lunch, a Mexican lady would stop by the yard with her cart full of tamales and soups and Ray was smitten. Which is why menu items like the Ultimate Nachos, piled high with housemade guacamole, and the Burritos taste so gol' dang good. Every sauce used is made in-house, and nothing comes from a can. And, seeing as Ray built the tables himself, we're inclined to believe it.
Ultimate Nacho, $9.95
Chips & Salsa, $3.25
Street Burritos, $7.50
Street Quesadilla, $6.50
Monday - Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sundays, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.