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La Cuata, Very Special Authentic Mexican, Dudley NC near US70 and I-40

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La Cuata, Very Special Authentic Mexican, Dudley NC near US70 and I-40

Naco | Aug 4, 2009 06:23 AM

Last stop yesterday was at La Cuata on 117 Alt in Dudley. I was low on cash at this point and was going to have a couple of tacos, but was surprised to find that there are *almost* no tacos on the menu at La Cuata. The only exception is a plate of several tacos dorados filled with barbacoa. Everything else on the menu is soups, stews, and platillos(breakfast and lunch/dinner). For those not up on the authentic Mexican scene in the area, this is highly unusual.

I ordered the cheapest thing on the menu, a torta de huevo, because that was all I had the cash to cover. This is not a torta in the usual sense- a Mexican sandwich. Rather, it's a type of egg fritter swimming in a spicy red tomato and chile sauce. I was absolutely bowled over- this was an incredible piece of cooking. The sauce was Mexican at its best- spicy, but not in a bludgeon-your-tongue-into-submission way. Very complex and went really well with the excellent tortillas and eggs. I was asked if I wanted chiles or not, so you could order it non-spicy if you wanted. If you do want it spicy, I would make sure to specify.

The rest of the menu was interesting and I'm really eager to get back. They offer goat and lamb birria daily(not just on weekends). I also saw listings for huevos tapatíos, onion chicken with chiles(pollo encebollado con rajas), Mexican beef with chiles(bistec mexicano con rajas). Others I'm forgetting. The smells in there were incredible- especially the birria, which I'm now dying to try.

They have an English menu(which I did not look at), but note that many of the more interesting items are only on a specials placard on the wall.

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