We were passing by Osoyoos, enroute to our air bnb in Naramata, and decided to stop for gas and lunch. And at “Tidal Tacos” its was a two in one. It came as a recommendation from a friend who lives in the area, and has found himself frequenting this kitchen since its opening. If not for him and his high praise, I don’t think we would consider lunching at a Petrol Canada gas station. But here we were and we weren’t alone, we placed our order and many more came after us.
The menu is a list of taco fillings above the window/counter. Pretty straight forward with a kids menu as well. We ordered four different tacos, not realizing the size of each. We expected 4 inch rounds as is commonplace in Vancouver. Instead these were two 7 inch tortillas stacked, and buried by vegetables.
It would have been nice of the lone employee: clerk and cook to warn us that we were ordering far too much food for two people. One taco stacked high in its basket was plenty. Though with all the shredded lettuce and sauce it ate more like a salad.
Each was also impossible to hold, without the filling toppling out at either ends. We ended up digging in with our fork, and digging out more than half of the lettuce. It is only then can you tell which taco has your chosen protein.
The “Beef, Blackbean, and Corn” was ground beef, sautéed black bean and corn, topped with crispy shredded lettuce, sharp aged cheddar, and a cilantro sour cream. This was my favourite of our four. It had a familiar, comforting flavour with the ground beef.
I enjoyed the “Sweet Thai Chicken” for the different combination it brought to the taco, with its sweet chilli sauce dressing. Fresh baked chicken, shredded lettuce, housemade pico de Gallo; all drizzled over with a chipotle aioli and spicy sirarcha. There was plenty of chicken meat too, and all of it prepared well and dressed fully.
I found that the “Pork Carnitas” taco overwhelmed with its tangy and salty bbq sauce. You couldn’t taste the cooked pork, shredded cabbage, housemade pico de Gallo, or chipotle aioli over it.
The “Baja Fish” taco was mild by comparison. I should have started with this and worked my way to the bbq pork one. Fresh Pacific cod that is panko crusted and flash fried, then topped much like the other tacos: shredded cabbage, housemade pico de Gallo, and chipotle aioli. The fish had a great texture, but it was the sauces that flavoured it.
Would I come back? – Yes.
Would I line up for it? – Yes.
Would I recommend it? – Yes.
Would I suggest this to someone visiting from out of town? – No.
These weren’t your traditional tacos, they weren’t authentic to anything, just great for what they were. Better than any other gas station offering for sure. Amazing value, plenty of food for $5.50-7.50 for a 3lb taco. I can see why the person who recommended this to us, drives out of his way here for lunch. A great meal solution that is tasty and on the healthier side for a price that doesn’t break the bank. Don’t deny your cravings.
Petro-Canada gas station
6201 45 St, Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V6