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El Jalapeno 4902 S. East Street

This was Pat’s choice. Normally he shies away from any “Mexican” food because of onion and he doesn’t like beans and the rice they serve. However he loves a crisp ground beef taco, or three.

As soon as we were seated we were served some chips and salsa. The chips were warm and the salsa was okay. It was the thought that counted. After some deliberation Pat decided on 3 tacos for $6.99 and a large side of cheese sauce for $5.50.

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I was hardly impressed with the size of the cheese sauce they offered. A monkey dish worth for 5 bucks! What does the small come in. A potion cup. The tacos were a different story.

I wanted to try as many different things as I could so I ordered a combo for $8.99. That was a pork tamal and a steak burrito. The steak was $1 more.

The meat portions of my lunch were very generous. The tamal was overflowing with thick chumks of pork, something I have not seen before. The masa shell was unusual as well. The bottom was about one half inch thick and the top was nearly an inch thick. I like masa but it can become dry as it cools so you need quite a bit of chile to keep it moist. The amount of red sauce they add was not enough for me. However the amount of meat they used and the flavor of the steak made up for it. I would get it again but with some adjustments.

With the exception of their cheese sauce this joint offers good food and a good value. Worth the drive.


Tortas Guicho Domingues y el Cubanito 641 Virginia Avenue

Now isn’t that a lovely name. Rolls off the tongue doesn’t it. Pat and I are late to the party for this joint, judging from the number of Blog posts. But here we are.

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The place was open in 1960 and the dining rooms reflect that era well. Except for the one masonry and brick wall and the exposed duct work

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As soon as you are seated you are given two small bowls of salsa and a grand bowl of pickled carrot and peppers.

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The carrot and chiles were excellent. Either eaten out of hand or put in your sandwich. Since they offered no chips I assume the salsa was intended as condiments. Based upon the amount of tiny seeds I figured the green salsa was a tomatillo sauce. It was so so. As for the red it was a red pod puree. Slight heat and a wonderful earthiness that dried red chiles give. However they were not strained. I wasn’t taught that way, so I really didn’t dig it.

They offer tamales, tacos and quessadillas. But their main bag are tortas. Mexican style sandwiches.

Their menu has the sandwiches identified by nationality, number or celebrity. They also have a build your own category. That’s what Pat opted for.

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I required steak and chorizo. So I ordered # 22. The Mexican. Grilled steak,chorizo,avocado, cilantro and bell peppers topped with mozzarella cheese. Very, very good. With all the stuff offered on the sandwich it could have been huge. This sandwich was a wonderful example of proportion. A great filling to bread ratio. The bread was nicely crusted and the interior had just the right amount of fluffiness. I love their bread. I loved this sandwich. Of course you all know that. I mean their spot on the Spoon shows a 94% approval. And all those bloggers? Well. As I said we were late. Don’t you be late. This joint is legit. Excellent sandwiches. They also have a great collection of Jarritos. So. Your move.

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