Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Take Out Tacos at Lily's Mexican Market

Lily's Mexican Market now leads the parade of Howard County taco trucks.

Ok, so Lily's isn't actually a truck. It's one of the best ethnic markets around. But the takeout counter that Lily's opened with its fresh tortilla machine transforms a great place for groceries into a spectacular place to stop for a quick meal.

The tacos are a touch more expensive than El Nayar or the trucks on U.S. 1 like Pupuseria Lorenita's in Elkridge and Pupuceria Y Taqueria Los Pinos in Laurel. But for $2.50, you get a much larger taco -- meat filing, vegetables, salsa, and two of Lily's warm tortillas. Three was honestly too much in one sitting. These are simple fare, but I loved the carne asada and the pork carnitas. The barbacoa at Lily's is barbequed meat more like pulled pork than the chopped steak that you get at other taco joints.

They're an easy lunch for $7 -- two tacos and a drink. Lily's has Mexican sodas in the cooler, but it also has horchata and tamarind drink in fountain dispenser across from the takeout stand. The horchata was a nice diversion, although I think the metal cart outside the U.S. 1 flea market was a touch creamier. If you have the interest, you should definitely sample the tacos around town.

Lily's also does takeout chickens -- quarters and halves. You can build yourself a great takeout dinner with some avocados from the produce area or maybe some chorizo from Lily's butcher. You can pair it all with one of the lightly sweet pastries near the entrance for dessert.

While you're waiting for your food, check out Lily's aisles, including the jars of yellow aji peppers.  If you like tacos, consider buying cactus in Lily's produce section for easy cactus tacos.  If you like Mexican food, definitely check out El Azteca in Clarksville or La Palapa Too in Laurel.   If you are looking for great takeout dinners, try Lotte in Ellicott City for the makings of a Korean feast.

(Update: I had an old address here. Lily's is at 6490 Dobbin -- in the same shopping center as the DMV.)

Lily's Mexican Market
6490 Dobbin Center Way
Columbia, MD 21045

NEAR: The DMV off Dobbins Road just south of Rte 175. Look for the intersection with a Blockbuster. The shopping center with the DMV, Lily's and Sushi King restaurant is across Dobbins from the Blockbuster.

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Anonymous said...

Thank you for finding this place! I got back from Mexico a couple of weeks ago and have been craving authentic Tacos ever since. Just had 2 tacos: Al Pastor and Carne Asada. The Al Pastor was assertively flavored, moist, and delicious. The Carne Asada was equally good, very beefy and brown. A terrific find.

K8teebug said...

This is my new favorite place in Howard County.

Anonymous said...

I had the tacos was ok. I would have rather had tacos from Chipotle or Taco Bell.

MaybeKathy said...

Went today and the special was ChicharrĂ³nnes. TO. DIE. FOR.

LeLe said...

Got tacos yesterday for lunch at Lily's for the first chicken, one steak & one chorizo...WOW. All so good, I'm now hooked. Love love love!

Unknown said...

You've never steered me wrong before but I got tacos here about a month ago and two of the three tacos were simply pork fat. It was kinda horrific and very disappointing. I don't know if this was a bad day or just a bad slide from their opening.

My co-worker got the same tacos and all three tacos were straight pork fat. (uugghh!!)