The R&R Deli in Elkridge serves my favorite tacos, and the punch line is that they're served from a gas station. Not really in the gas station. R&R has a separate entrance and a glass wall that separates it from the Shell Station at U.S. 1 and Rte 175.
I love R&R's tacos, but Mrs. HowChow and I had been joking for months about eating at a gas station. I only forced the question because we had just suffered from a "try new food for the blog" disaster -- an Indian paan that was a perfect mouth-freshener except that it used some floral oil that must have been added to 1970s cleaning supplies. Objectively, it tasted fine, but we immediately thought about furniture cleaning.
The tacos were perfect. For $4, we got two -- one chicken, one carne asada. Soft tortillas, meat cooked to order, and a topping of onions, cilantro and handmade salsa. "Who would expect fresh vegetables in a gas station?" said Mrs. HowChow. They're really large for $2, and R&R serves a variety of meats, including chorizo, carnitas and lengua. Mrs. HowChow thought the chicken was delicious, butchered well so there was none of the gristle that you can get in chopped meat.
We split a Mexican orange soda. Next time, I will buy her a milkshake - like I had on my first visit. I'm almost shocked that there will be a next time.
(Update: You should also try R&R's ceviche special, which offers marinated fish and vegetables on top of a crisp tostada.)
The R&R Deli joins a great run of food along U.S. 1. Check out my post about "U.S. 1: The Foodie Frontier" that tours you from Ceazar International Market in Elkridge down to R&R Deli's intersection where you're within a block of organic groceries at MOM's Organic Market, the empanadas at the El Patio Market, and more.
7894 Washington Boulevard
Elkridge, MD 21075
NEAR: The deli is in the Shell station at U.S. 1 and Rte 175 at the Elkridge/Jessup border. It's really convenient from Rte 175 -- just go east from Columbia across I-95 and then look left at U.S. 1.