A new restaurant with an urban vibe in downtown Chandler is spicing up Taco Tuesdays and attracting regulars for its popular Mexican street-style tacos and friendly staff.
Locals say Ghett’ Yo’ Taco on South Oregon Street slightly south of Chandler Boulevard – where Yoli’s Café used to be – is a fun and affordable hot spot to bring children and adult family members, friends and colleagues for lunch, dinner and happy hours.
The restaurant, which opened in September, features on the front of the building a huge, brightly colored Day of the Dead-themed mural painted by artist Lalo Cota showing a man in a sombrero and a woman with a flower in her hair.
Inside, customers can choose from eight staples offered every day: two tacos with pork, two with chicken, one with steak, one with fish, one with shredded beef and a vegetarian taco.
A ninth, a rotating Muncher Especial Taco that changes every week has such funky names as the Cuban Taco Crisis and The Troy Oinkman. Sometimes the restaurant repeats the especial if customers like it.
Each taco is $2.95 every day except on Tuesdays, when they are $1.95. A combination with any three tacos, as well as rice, beans and a drink is $10.
“We want people to come here, get some food and hang out,” Ghett’ Yo’ Taco majority owner Christian Sciacca said. “This is kind of a traditional street taco place, but we try to do our own little modern twist on things. I grew up going to Mexico multiple times a year.”
The Cuban Taco Crisis comes with carnitas, pickled onions, cilantro and mustard cream sauce. The Troy Oinkman has smoked pork, pickled onions, fried jalapeños and barbecue sauce.
Clear and Present Ginger features ginger, ground pork, spicy sambal sauce, cucumbers and peanuts. A Thanksgiving-themed taco contains turkey breast with stuffing, gravy, Brussels sprouts and cranberry sauce.
Frijoles, as well as chips and guacamole and mini quesadillas, are also on the menu. The Spanish rice is vegan, as are the black beans. All the tacos, except for the fish ones, are gluten-free.
Head chef Paul Farias was born in Brazil but he and Sciacca grew up in Chandler enjoying tacos from Elmer’s Tacos on Arizona Avenue across from Chandler High School.
Elmer’s Tacos offers “cheap, delicious” tacos, but Ghett’ Yo’ Taco also has a full liquor license and sells more than 20 different types of beers, Sciacca added. He said Ghett’ Yo’ Taco’s large patio is an ideal place to eat tacos and drink beers or the margaritas. Happy hour is 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Corona, Estrella Jalisco and many other beers are offered and diners can also sip on Micheladas, which are a spicy beer that is similar to a Bloody Mary.
Sciacca, whose father, Peter, owns the building where Ghett’ Yo’ Taco is located, previously worked at a restaurant in Waikiki, Hawaii. He also worked with a friend in Taiwan before returning to his hometown.
Christian said he and his parents and a friend were thinking about calling the restaurant Ghetto Taco but then came up with the name Ghett’ Yo’ Taco and “we all loved it.” Marc Sepulveda is an investor in the restaurant.
Ghett’ Yo’ Taco is located at 241 S. Oregon St. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays.