My meal Cost: under $8 with tip. Health Rating B. 3 stars on Yelp
|Carne Asade Sope, Cabeza and Carnitas tacos.|
I, once again, decided to go outside my comfort zone and started by ordering a Lengua (beef tongue) taco but was informed that they were out of Lengua--so much for that attempt. So I settled on Cabeza (from my limited Spanglish I know that cabeza means head but the translation on their menu board said it was beef cheeks). Then I decided to try a sope. I had never tried one before as I originally got the word confused with sopa which, I believe is soup. My research showed me that a sope is a flat fried disk made of masa with a filling on top. Since I like tamales, and especially the masa, I was way overdue to try one so I got the carne asada version (beef steak).
They don't have diet drinks in their fountain, and since I am a mild diabetic, I ordered a can of diet coke to go along with my meal.
The tacos, $1.29 each--Wednesdays only $.75) were both made with 2 small corn tortillas and had a green sauce and lettuce and onions. The cabeza was small chucks of beef cheek meat, very moist but with, what I considered a mild flavor. The carnitas (described as fried pork) was pulled rather than chunks and was a little dry. Adding some of the marinated veggies from the salsa bar (carrot, onion, jalapenos) gave it a little added moisture and made it a much better taco.
The sope was very good. It was topped with chucks of beef (a little over-cooked for my taste, but very tasty), lettuce, onion, and topped with crema. The masa base was fried and crispy/hard on the bottom and top, but soft in the middle. A very good first experience, I think I'll have sopes again fairly soon.
The dining room is sparse with a number of fast-food joint tables with attached seats. There is a television above a cooler that was playing a telenovela while I was there. I got there about 12:30 and spent about 20 minutes eating. During that entire period, not one other person came in. I didn't even see anyone go through the drive-thru. Hopefully this is not indicative of their normal business but a slow Monday lunch. I know I've seen cars in the drive-thru when I've gone by in the evenings.
NEXT UP: Pho Noodle & Grill.