Note: this thread was split by the Chowhound Team from an earlier thread: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/42310...
Six Sonoma County chowhounds (and two guests) chowed down at La Texanita (1667 Sebastopol Road) in Santa Rosa today.
Well, some of us our chowpuppies. Several said this was their first chowdown and first chance to meet some of the locals who post on these boards. We missed other locals including eat_nopal and Melanie Wong, though we all agreed she mysteriously appears to eat everywhere. :)
Melanie suggested getting a copy of the menu & posting what folks ordered -
Kare_Risu & I ate alike - carnitas sopes and tostada de ceviche -no we didn't consult
LikeFrogButOooh - Camarones al Mojo de Ajo
Homer&Satchi - Mojarro Frita o'Zarandeada
ChocolateNinja - fish tacos, carnitas taco and tripe taco
Inat - ate a little something and took home a big box of takeout
It's up to each person to review their own food & experience and to divulge their names, if they wish.
This wasn't easy food to share - tiny tacos on handmade tortillas ($2) bulged with fillings as did the sopes. The ceviche tostadas ($3) crackled & crumbled, tossing ceviche - I found them a bit bland, but with the avocado salsa, they perked up. The huarache I had recently was even better than today's selection - the handmade corn masa base with the carnitas was exceptional.
The plates at $12 were huge and the Mojarra, a large, whole fish, was fried - tasted succulent, not greasy or dried...again, we'll wait for the final report.
Nobody ordered tortas, quesadillas or burritos and there were at least 13 seafood options we skipped too. On weekends Birria, Menudo, Barbacoa and Pozole are added to the menu. The waitress said the chile rellanos and enchiladas were very good & I was half tempted by the fajitas and chilaquiles.
The menu was recently revised and reprinted on plastic, a slick uptown look. And the two jumbo tvs continuously run music videos without sound.
We could have been better chowhounds by eating our way through the entire menu, each person sampling one bite. But, we were there to meet one another...to talk foodtalk, compare notes, share histories and future dreams.
While Sonoma County is a tourist destination for folks from around the world (including chowfolks), the locals are loosely organized and many haven't met yet. Hopefully future chowdowns will draw both locals (including us chowpuppies) and chowhounds from the region and beyond.