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OK, we've heard a lot, but here's my Sabor A Mexico experience.

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OK, we've heard a lot, but here's my Sabor A Mexico experience.

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Diana | | May 21, 2007 06:23 AM

We dropped by after making the rounds at the Venice Art Walk. It was around 4:30, and there were only a few people there.

We ordered:
Original Huarache
Veggie Burrito, replace the lettuce with more beans(me)
Chilaquiles with carne asada and corn tortillas (him)
quesadilla with squash blossoms and the one with mushrooms
lengua taco (him)
beef taco (him)

all to go.

In retrospect, we were insane to order all that food. Art walks can skew your perspective.

We got s basket of chips and visited the salsa bar. The salsas were all amazing, I also liked the pickled peppers. No wonder Mr Piper picked a peck. The chips, however, were very greasy, even for fried chips.

The food took FOREVER. Yes, I know it's all fresh made, but there is a way to get food on the grille and out in decent time, if you know when to put everyting on and how to cook multiple dishes and get everything out on time. Diner cooks are masters of this. Sabor A MExico seems to think that cooking one thing at a time is the way to go. Makes the wait longer, and wastes all that open grill space. I drained a large, yummy horchata while waiting.

Also, as I watched, I saw the owner, John, start plating our order for in house. Eventually the cashier noticed, and he scraped it into to-go boxes.

Finally, about 30-40 minutes later, our pile of food was ready. We were worried, because the chilaquiles box said "pollo", but a peek inside revealed asada. We rushed home to find the power out, and sat down to feast.

The Burrito was devine, sooo good with lovely refried black beans. The hurache didn't do well to have traveled, I think fresh would have been better, but the flavor was fabulous, and man, it was BIGFOOT sized. But, a little over-greasy.

My Husband loved the chilaquiles, and I got a few tastes, but he kept mumbling "Can't stop eating them!" which he only does at Rahel, which he loves.

He also inhaled his tacos, and really loved the lengua. Tongue is a newish thing for him, but you wouldn't know it from the way the taco went "poof".

The quesadillas were a disappointment. They were dripping with grease, which masked the flavor.

Fried food shouldn't be that greasy. the trick to a crisp fried item is to turn the oil up as high as it will take. These poor things were swimming in a pool of oil in the box. I mean a POOL.

Now, Sabor uses veggie oil, which can't take high heat and is good for me, because I am allergic to peanut oil (which CAN take blazing temps). Still, even veggie oil can be high enough to prevent grease bombs.

There were tons and tons of chips, too.

We had leftovers, obviously.

I think we'll avoid the quesadillas from now on, and order less. But it was amazing! We will go back! OH yes, we will.

All that for about $30.

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