With The Parents away, Teens will play, or at least feel free to violate mom’s “healthy eating” edict.
Auntie Em capped off a week of questionable eating by feeding the niece and nephew at Steveo's Tacos & Subs. I had spotted Steve'os late last summer driving home from the beach. With beach weather on the horizon, a little investigation was in order.
The place is quirky-cute with folks grabbing take out or eating in the small dining area. Bright red walls, a glittery sombrero by the soft drink machine and a troubadour statue near a mini boom box tuned to KISS 98.5 give Steveo's unique flair.
Burritos dominate the menu, with 17 kinds in three sizes — jumbo ($4.99-$5.99), jumbo jumbo ($7.99-$9.99) and triple jumbo ($13.99-$15.99). Choices range from basics like veggie, chicken and beef to versions like chicken Caesar, Cajun chicken ranch, beef gyro with feta, chorizo, etc., and the hilarious cheesy “broccooli” chicken. (Typo or intentional?)
A wet burrito platter (jumbo size only $8.99) puts the burrito on a plate and tops it with nacho cheese and sour cream.
Tacos run $1.99 for veggie to $2.99 for beef and bean, chicken or steak. Double deckers ($3.99) use nacho cheese to cement a hard shell inside a soft shell. Fajitas come jumbo ($5.99) and jumbo jumbo ($9.99). Quesadillas are $6.99-$9.49.
Steveo's works all its ingredients throughout menu items so you can get carnitas (pulled pork) as a burrito or quesadilla; veggie can come as a burrito, fajita or quesadilla, etc.
We ordered at the counter and food was delivered to the table. The wet chicken burrito — artfully topped with nacho cheese and sour cream — came on a colorful plate with lots of shredded lettuce, tortillas and salsa.
The nephew loved his Double Decker Bang Bang ($3.99). The soft/hard shell wrapped a whole chicken finger with Monterey jack cheese. It was the appetizer to his jumbo beef and bean burrito. While large, it was dwarfed by my carnitas jumbo jumbo, in essence two big burritos rolled together and cut. (Half came home.)
Burritos come in a white or whole wheat wrap with cheese, lettuce and tomato. Jumbo jumbo’s are a buck off on Wednesday, so my added fresh guacamole ($1) kept the price at $9.99. Other extras include sour cream, beans, rice, salsa, barbecue, blue cheese, ranch and nacho cheese sides.
Our burritos were delicious and did we mention big? No skimping on the filling. We wondered about the size and scope of a triple jumbo.
Tag Along Grandfather had the special Reuben sandwich ($9.99), a giant perfectly grilled sandwich with a pile of curly fries.
Other menu items include burgers and paninis ($5.99-$8.99), good basic subs (hot/cold, 8- or 12-inch, $4.99-$8.59) and salads like taco, hot buffalo chicken, Greek chicken. ($3.99-$8.99). Pita platters are $8.99-$9.99.
We didn’t even explore the multiple chicken wing options (including battered), nachos supreme ($2.40 cheese/jalapeno to $7.99 steak), or the really bad-for-you-but-oh-so-good sides like chili cheese fries ($3.99-$6.99).
This means only one thing. We must return, preferably in our bathing suits on the way back from the beach (and possibly with mom).
Steveo's Tacos & Subs
6811 Erie Road (Route 5), Derby
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Specials: Monday five tacos $9.95; Tuesday $1 off any 12-inch sub; Wednesday $1 off jumbo jumbo burritos; Thursday $1 off nachos; Friday fish fry 4 to 9 p.m., 50 cents off any fajita.
More: Cash or credit card. Kids menu $3.50-$3.99.
Gluten-free options: Gluten-free hard shell corn taco shells