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Los Chilaquiles 4930 Lafayette Road Suite E

Pat is out-of-town so I am left to my own devices this week. I was torn between Asian and Mexican. At the last-minute I opted for Mexican. The joint I chose has a pretty good record of reviews;although none more recent than 2013; and the menu seemed more than adequate. I had planned on ordering chilaquiles. I mean they named the joint after them. However I decided on tacos instead. Chilaquiles are okay but a good taco is always welcome to me. I know you are thinking. It is a tortilla with stuff in it,so what is the big deal? Well there are tacos. And then there are Tacos. What does a good taco look like? Something like this.

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But more on that in a minute.

Normally a Mexican style joint gives you chips and salsa with you first come in. This joint offers up toasted bread and quince jelly. I think that is a pretty good alternative.

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They offer tamales on the menu. Two with beans and rice for $5.99. Unfortunately they were out so rather than think it through I just ordered beef tongue tacos. Three tacos with beans and rice for differing prices;depending on the protein option. The lingua tacos were $7.29.

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I wasn’t being entirely facetious when I was going on about the noble taco. It is tasty and wondrously simple. It doesn’t need all of that lettuce and tomato and cold shredded cheese. Not in my estimation. It needs to be a good amount of meat in 2 warm,yet soft corn tortillas. Warm enough to be pliable and fresh enough to smell the aroma of corn as you bring it to your mouth. These qualify. The cilantro and onion were an optional addition. They added a few radish and cucumber slices as well as a lime wedge which is more than enough for me. As for the beans and rice I guess they have become obligatory. The beans were pretty good. Nice and creamy. The rice was pretty boring. White rice cooked off with Sazon or bijol to give it that “saffron” color but no real flavor. Nothing more than a plate filler in my estimation.

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The tomatillo salsa was pretty good also; it added a bit of zip to the meat. Of course the star was the tongue. Exceptionally moist and tender and as you can see a good amount of it

My eyes were bigger than my stomach though. For some strange reason I ordered a Mollettes single. A yeast roll cut in half,buttered and topped with beans and cheese for $3.99. You can buy 2 rolls, 4 pieces topped with various chiles and meats for differing prices. The 2 I ordered were really good. They would be a wonder bar snack. Mollettes and cerveza. Now that would definitely work.

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Four bucks for that. Amazing. Well it is nice to know that the quality of the food is still high,even though folks aren’t writing reviews. The service was pretty good. I can see a possible language issue and if they get really busy the pace might have to be increased but the 2 young ladies I dealt with were quite pleasant. They also open at 9 AM for breakfast. To me chilaquiles is a breakfast dish. Red chile,sausage and eggs. No better way to start your day.

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Los Chilaquiles Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

7 responses

  1. Patrick

    I thought it would have been French in my absence. The bread and jam looks good but that probably would have been it for me at this place.

    October 16, 2015 at 4:13 pm

  2. Well, you know Mexican food is my favorite. Haven’t gone a week without it in my life. If I didn’t know better, I’d call those tacos carnitas or “street tacos.” They are popular (especially for the lactose-intolerant due to no cheese), and always come with onion and cilantro. And you’re right about smelling that corn tortilla. However, I’ve never seen it as tongue. You brave man!

    Like you say, so often both the beans AND rice are “plate fillers.” So many awful Mexican restaurants around here have tasteless slop, which makes no sense since every kitchen is full of Mexican people who should know how to season Mexican food. But the better ones all let you pick refried, black, or charro, so I usually avoid refried. How dang hard is it to season rice? Course, you could pour some tomatillo on the rice, too. I love tomatillo. Did you have to take the rest to go? So few things are as lovely as melted cheese…

    October 16, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    • That is so right. Street tacos rock. Even the small cities in Old Mex I lived in had street food. I think tacos should always be ala carte’. You are also correct about beans and rice. Damn, it ain’t haute cuisine. The last few years in Indy there has been an upsurge in Mex joints. So what is it with the rice? I did have to take a piece of bread home. I did not eat all the rice. Can you blame me?

      October 16, 2015 at 6:37 pm

      • No, I cannot.

        October 16, 2015 at 6:45 pm

  3. Now I want some chilaquellas for breakfast, sometime and someplace. Benson. Because this joint is too far away from my town. Your tacos looked filling enough without the great bar food side, yes, it did. 🙂

    October 21, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    • The good thing about food pictures is they aren’t fattening.

      October 21, 2015 at 3:51 pm

      • Yes, eating with the eyes is OK on my diet, Benson. 🙂

        October 21, 2015 at 3:57 pm

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