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Pt. 1 Taking the Train to Grand Central Market… Mama’s… Langers… Sapp…

Dommy! | May 15, 2005 02:59 PM

Maybe even Skoobys!!!

All in one day… can it be done? That was the challenge presented to me and a group of about 13 or so hounds this Saturday. And here is how it all shook out…

Most of us met at 11am at Union Station in front of Traxx. As we were waiting for our party to be complete, some of us skipped breakfast in preparation for this trip and were ROARING to start. Especially when some found out one of our party had started early by Visiting Luz del Dia across the street in Olvera street. She was raving about the amazing HUGE taco, fresh made tortilla… Yes it was cruel, but soon we were on our way to our first stop… Grand Central Market….

Upon arrival, we all fanned out and had a great time wandering the market. All the delicious smells coming from the stands, all the wonderful (and cheap!!) produce and spices begging me to take them home! But I kept focus… “Chow First” became our motto and I picked up… A Chile Relleno Taco from Ana Marias. For $2 you get a LARGE (and perfectly done, not greasy, lots of cheese!) chile relleno on top of a two tortillas, smothered with red salsa and then two tortillas on top. It was an absolute hit! I also picked up a Birria (Marinated Goat) taco from Tomas. Also $2 and HUGE. The meat was perfectly marinated and perfectly GOAT!! Stringy, but not too tough, goaty but not foul… This was some of the hounds first experience with goat, which they all enjoyed!

Other great items we picked up along the way were a huge tub of super chilled Ceviche Campechana (Not the most beautiful mixed ceviche I’ve seen, but wonderfully spiced and tasty!), various Pupusas from Saritas with Mushrooms, Loroco, and Chicharon. Always so good!! The Salvadoran Tamale made with light fluffy strained masa was adored by all in the group and The absolute HIT for me though was the Scallop Tacos, the scallops were fried, but still tasted SO fresh and creamy (almost as good as the Scallops I had at AOC!!) The miss was Ana Maria’s Flautas. Looking like home made overdone Taquitos, they tasted a bit greasy and overdone. Nope, the Taquito king in the city continues to be El Tepayac…

After some awesome sweet breads, you’d think we’d call it quits… Nope, we settled our first meal with a walk through the Bradbury Building and headed back on the train to Mama’s and Langers…

--Dommy!

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