May 15, 2004, 12:51 PM
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Re: [jennifer rose] New Ethnic Restaurant in town
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Tio Lucas advertises it has the best meat in town, and it's pretty good overall. I like the bronzed pork chops and the marinated skirt steak accompanying the chilaquiles for weekend brunch at Harry's. I like the meatballs at La Parroquia and meatloaf at Harry's.
El Pegaso has an excellent beef-topped Thai salad. Ole Ole has the best mixed beef and chicken fajita plate for only 60 pesos. El Catrin has a large variety of meats, including good ribs and BBQ sausage.
Barbeque Bob's "only" has barbequed sausages, pulled pork, and jerked chicken sandwiches along with his organic veggies storefront, but I buy his frozen sausages to take home. That jerked chicken is superb, grilled right in front of the storefront until it is char-blackened and spicy.
El Habanero has the best bacon-wrapped, cheese and chili-stuffed shrimp in town. I love the mussels and the shrimp fettucini at Harry's and the mussels at Bella Italia, fresh on Thursdays, plus Bella Italia makes a good salmon vodka pasta. Nirvana has the best coconut shrimp in town, IMO, though many people will vouch for Hecho en Mexico's.
You have your choice, Lung Fu or El Palacio Chino, and neither grabs me consistently. Lung Fu also has Thai food as well. The best Kung Pao chicken in town is on the menu at El Pegaso, and they have a Thai beef salad, though their menu is not predominantly Chinese.
Nirvana has a curry fish soup that is a meal in itself at 45 pesos. For middle-eastern, there's El Harem for a variety of dishes, especially their baked half chicken and baba ganoush.
El Correo's breakfasts and chili rellenos run 35-60 pesos and are very large and wonderful. El Buen Cafe has a range of meals and a pretty good bakery, with southern comfort food on Wednesdays.
The carnitas place next door to Bonanza grocery store, I think it's Apollo XIII, is really cheap for excellent pork, tortillas and salsa. A couple places in town have started offering all you can eat buffets, but I avoid those like the plague, I eat too much. One such is in the Gigante mall down near the Gemelos movie theaters--35 pesos for pizza, spaghetti and salad. Mama Mia's has an all-you-can eat breakfast buffet every day for 65 pesos.
The fish stands in Tuesday Market are really cheap, and I trust them because the fish is coming right out of a vat of boiling fat onto your plate--I think 10 pesos for a big fillet.
A really cheap place that many like is Torta Mundo on Umaran near Zacateros--only 10 pesos for a torta, if I recall, but I found the lunch meat fatty. For 10 pesos what do you expect? The hefty fish tacos are also 10 pesos at the taco stand around the corner from Espino's grocery store, and the chili-loaded hot dogs are around 15 pesos.
Casa Mia has a salad and sandwich bar that are the freshest around, and I especially love their sandwich on a sesame roll with lox and capers. El Pegaso has excellent corned beef, pastrami and Reubens.
I'll add a couple more categories:
Romano's has huge portions and I do love their Italian sausage and spaghetti plate, though it's enough for two. It comes with an appetizer of chicken liver pate and roasted veggies that I love. I like La Grotta's pizza better, though it's thin crust--it offers blue cheese as one of the toppings, my favorite.
Gombo's, hard to find, is acclaimed for its pizza, though it doesn't taste anything like pizza to me--I'm not a shrimp on pizza kind of person. When I'm not thinking pizza, I like it.
La Buena Vida has a nice sit-down area for light lunches and breakfasts too, and the owners hire women from the domestic violence project. El Maple has the best sourdough. Casa Feliz makes the best cakes.
You can get five different veggies of your choice on a plate at Hecho en Mexico, one of my favorites overall, though it has plenty of meat, chicken and fish on the menu (its cheeseburger on grilled sourdough is my favorite). El Tomate is known for its wide variety of vegetarian dishes.
And then there's Finnegan's Pub and restaurant, formerly Los Amigos, which is supposed to reopen soon. Loved their food before, I'm sure I'll love their new menu again, when they concentrate on only three menu offerings a day. Hope corned beef and cabbage appear often.
I'll think of more and add some later. Off to see "Troy" at the Gemelos theatres, opening here the same time as it opens in the States.
P.S. added later--"Troy" was pure violence, and all Brad Pitt's nude scenes were cut for Mexico! I found it boring.
(This post was edited by Carol Schmidt on May 17, 2004, 7:11 AM)