I have been healed. Don Vicente's cocineras do not mess around; their bowls of menudo are truly blessed.
This restaurant is a shining example of a theory I believe in regarding the ability to taste the feminine touch in food. For this I love them.
My favorite taqueria up in Fallbrook - Las Brisas serves up a 180 degree different tripe soup. Theirs is everything a masculine taqueria menudo should be - in its aggresive, hearty. ersatz-caffeine eye opening style.
In contrast, the menuderia's soup is delicate, nuanced, and gentle. There is not a hint of poorly cleaned tripe aroma - which I call out to be the reason for the gauchupine adversity. If you are willing to give Menudo a chance - I implore you that this is the place to do so and if you need a friend to provide support - I'm so there. :^)
Another reason why I love this place: when they bring out your accoutrements while you wait, in one of the mini molcajetes is a minimalmist sparerib swimming in a verdent tomatillo sauce. A mexicana amuse-bouche. They give you a handmade tortilla to address this. According to my friend EN, this would be following the tradition in Mexico of offering little bites - antojitos - such as a sope gratis [free] before meal, in place of the american tortilla chips we are used to.
Did I mention their handmade tortillas, that are fresh masa based? Yep, some of the best I have had in San Diego and certainly rival those had at Imperial ave. Farmers Market.
The menudo - I had their red version - comes with proper nixtamal - pozole corn. They do not cheat with the canned giant hominy. Their nixtamal is pleasantly mini and they have reconsituted it.
I sensed a slight tomato element in with the light chile broth - which lend a wonderful umami element to it all. You get a pata bone with marrow included to provide its quintessantal richness.
I think I found San Diego's best Menudo - but you will just have to go there your self to form your own opinion.
Menuderia Don Vicente
2637 Highland Ave.
Daily 8am - 8pm.
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