I recently married a beautiful American woman and she introduced me to mexican food. My total experience with tex-mex is a bad experience at TacoBell, so I never gave it a second thought in fact, I avoided it. In her hometown, they have Mexican places like we have fish and chip shops. On one of her mexican cravings, she said "I need some Guadalajara's". Me, I think "ugh, ok honey...because I love you ".
Quickly after seated, munching awesome nacho chips and wicked dip, we order. Not even really looking at the menu, she orders Seafood Enchiladas. Mezmerized at the selection of items, I referred to my hero, Al Bundy and ordered a burrito. Meanwhile, I gorge on the nachos and spicy salsa dip.
A plate of rice, some bean mash stuff and two burritos covered in a sauce arrived. Really, I was turned off. The beautiful American was digging in deep.."what's wrong; not hungry"? "No hun, just taking it all in ya know". I tried a fork tip of the beans, a brave full fork of the rice, ate all the salad and a good part of one of the burritos. Beautiful American, now quite satisfied wonders if I have some stomach ailment.
Back in Ontariario, beautiful American says " I need some Guadalajara's". Racking my memory for a mexican place, I only think of the defunct Chi Chi's and I can't think of the last time I saw one. So a quick browse under Google finds a Mexico Lindo in Ajax. And by the way, they have one of those in beautiful American's hometown.
Same stuff to me, bean pile by rice mound with salad and burrito. But I order the Tabasco plate, so spicy. Beautiful American is satisifed but wishes it was Guadalajara's. Intrigued, instead of Friday pizza, we go again. We decide to mix and match; she orders the chicken in chipolte special and I order an pork enchilda. The chicken chipolte is too hot for her so we switch. I'm sweating and sniffing and loving it. Washed down with a Corona, I'm hooked.
Mexico Lindo is operated by a family as near as we can see. Beautiful American wants a mexican fix so, we find that they have opened a new place in North Whitby. So new that they have no liquor licence. But that's not what we are there for. Super spicy nachos and dip come with the menu and it is the same as their other restaurants. Beautiful American orders enchilladas, I order the special; shrimp in chipolte sauce. Beautiful American says, " You're hooked aren't you"?. "This is sooo good", I say.
So, here I am. On a crusade. As beautiful American and I have discovered, mexican is not easy to find, but with what I found here on chowhound, we'll soon be down to Kensington Market. I have my copy of Rick Bayless - Authentic Mexican (thank you honey) and I will be looking to stock my pantry with the many essentials.
I look forward to sharing the quest for good mexican dining with those true believers. So when beautiful American says " I need some Guadalajara's"... I can say.." I know just the place". Or even better, I can whip that right up!