White Duck Taco GVL Preview

Hey, people, remember me? No?! I get it. Blogging is hard, y'all, but I'm going to do better! I'm finally feeling all settled in my new home in Greenville, SC. There's just one thing I need...

TACOS. White Duck Tacos to be exact. I work in Asheville a couple times a week, and I've been sneaking over to White Duck Taco every so often, working my way through the menu so I can tell you about it. I know, I'm the best, and you are so welcome! And now Greenville is going to be able to experience the magic that is White Duck Taco when they open soon!

But until then, let me give you a run-down of the menu and gush over how much I LOVE these tacos!

 Pork Belly with Green Onion Cream and Pickled Watermelon Rind at Tacos N' Tequila Festival

Pork Belly with Green Onion Cream and Pickled Watermelon Rind at Tacos N' Tequila Festival

The obvious (but unfortunately seasonal) standout is the Pork Belly taco. This pork belly is P-E-R-F-E-C-T. Paired with pickled watermelon rind and green onion sauce, this taco cannot be missed! It won People's Choice at the Tacos n' Tequila Festival earlier this year. If you don't order this, we probably can't be friends.

 BBQ Chicken | Bangkok Shrimp

BBQ Chicken | Bangkok Shrimp

Next we have the BBQ Chicken (with cole slaw) and the Bangkok Shrimp (with cucumbers, chili aioli, and sesame glaze). While both awesome, the Bangkok Shrimp really left its mark on my soul. Each time I went back, I had to stop myself from ordering it so as to continue my journey through the menu. But you, my friend, can order whatever you want with no guilt or sense of obligation. So order it every time if you want. I won't judge you!

 Chipotle Cheddar Grits | Fish Taco | Lamb Gyro

Chipotle Cheddar Grits | Fish Taco | Lamb Gyro

These two are killer tacos! And you will not be disappointed if you order them. The Fish Taco with pico de gallo, slaw and chipotle aioli is absolutely amazing. Pivoting, you've got the Lamb Gyro. Why I ordered these two together, I'm not quite sure. But YOLO, I'd do it again. #NOREGRETS The lamb gyro is a solid choice with creamy tzatziki and salty feta cheese. Oh, and that little bowl of heaven right there? Those are chipotle cheddar grits. Do I really need to say more? #drool

 Chips & Queso | Korean Beef Bulgogi | Mole Roasted Duck

Chips & Queso | Korean Beef Bulgogi | Mole Roasted Duck

The tacos above were very different; one complicated with an interesting flavor pairing, and one more simple. The Mole Roasted Duck was definitely the more complicated of the two - paired with apple-cranberry salsa and crema. It was bold and flavorful, but a little too much for me. The Korean Beef Bulgogi (with avocado cream and kimchi) was more simple with great flavor. It definitely stole the show on that outing, and it will be one of my go-tos when the GVL location opens. And obviously, if you're going with friends, you gotta get the chips and queso to share. It's just what friends do.

 Steak & Cheese | Spicy Buffalo Chicken

Steak & Cheese | Spicy Buffalo Chicken

And here we have the crowd-pleasers. If you aren't a super adventurous eater, these bad boys are for you. The Steak & Cheese (with pico de gallo, lettuce, and crema) and the Spicy Buffalo Chicken are solid choices. They are safe and delicious, not lacking in any flavor and perfectly pleasing to the palate (alliteration is my fave). You will not be disappointed with these on your plate - or in your belly.

 Thai Peanut Chicken | Jerk Chicken | Steak & Cheese

Thai Peanut Chicken | Jerk Chicken | Steak & Cheese

In my most recent trip to White Duck, I had the Steak & Cheese (again because it had been a while and I forgot I had tried it before, oops!), the Thai Peanut Chicken, and the Jerk Chicken (with purple cabbage). The Jerk Chicken was just okay. It was probably my least favorite out of the 10+ tacos I tried - which isn't saying much since I'm pretty much obsessed with the entire menu. I found the cabbage to be a little overpowering, so I just took some off so the jerk chicken could shine through. The true standout here was hands down the Thai Peanut Chicken. It was the perfect melding of chicken in peanut sauce, cabbage, and an amazing tropical salsa. SO. GOOD.

Now that was a lot of taco knowledge I just hit you with! So here's the breakdown of my favorites. This was extremely hard as most of the menu is phenomenal. But all I can do is my best. Here we go.

  1. Pork Belly
  2. Bangkok Shrimp
  3. Korean Beef Bulgogi + Fish Taco
  4. Lamb Gyro
  5. Thai Peanut Chicken
  6. Spicy Chicken
  7. BBQ Chicken
  8. Steak & Cheese
  9. Mole Roasted Duck
  10. Jerk Chicken

 

Needless to say, I'm PUMPED for White Duck Taco to open in Greenville. In my opinion, this town can never have enough tacos.