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Daley Plaza Mexican

JeffB | Sep 23, 2003 12:28 PM

A few weeks back, I noted some decent Puerto Rican food being sold at stalls set up in Daley Plaza. Well, today there is some pretty terrific Mexican "street food" on hand. I just had a huarache w/ potatoes and all the fixin's along with an empanada de queso/quesadilla from the stand called Maria's, and both were very good. The huarache was a notch below the picada from the famous Maroon Van, but hey, what do you want. The crema, the cheeses, the hot sauces, esp. the red "molcajete" sauce, were all really good. But wait. The empanadas, made with suave masa pressed and formed skillfully by hand to order, are among the best I have had, period. Forgo to wimpy looking chicken for a plump cheese empanada, perfectly fried and dressed as you like it. For those who don't eat from Igloo coolers and rusted gypsy vans (no judgments here), this is your chance to see what the fuss is about, more or less. Maria says she has no store; she only does events. Beause of her location today and the many City employees about, I hesitated to ask her if she sets up on any corners, in parks, etc. Next door was a stand with several good-looking aguas to wash it all down. Prices are sky high compared to the norm for this stuff ($2.50 for a decent size empanada); Maria apologizes and notes that the city demands a high rent for the tents. Kudos to Maria and whomever got her there, as opposed to your typical mediocre Taste place.

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