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amysuehere | | Sep 18, 2007 10:27 AM

Finally managed to give this place a try and came away with mixed feelings.

I tell you, if this place had been up north instead of down so close to Polvo's I probably would go back again and again.

We sat out on the patio (noisy being right on Lamar, but great people watching because of ACL).

Waiter was a cut-up, but quick witted so enjoyable, although he let my large tea go completely dry and wait a while. However, he was hoppin, so I didn't let that influence me as much as I normally would.

Three in our party. I ordered the Cochinita Pibil, hubbers had the Puerco en Chile Cazcabel and our third had the Enchiladas del Norte.

Waiter brought out chips/sauce, stating they had just won the hot sauce contest just a few weeks ago, so I was expecting something better. If he hadn't told me that, I would have said it was pretty good sauce - good amount of garlic, cilantro, a bit of heat, but there were large unruly hunks of "unground" tomatoes in both bowls.

My CP was very good. Fall-apart tender and quite flavorful with nice crunchy charred bits for accent, sweet/salty/bitter/savory all playing well, plantains crunchy outside soft inside. Rice and beans were a dissapointment, being completely flavorless.

Hubbers pork was almost a neon red, but had a nice, slow burn to it. However, he did find three rather large pieces that were solid fat.

Enchiladas were of the Dart Bowl variety and perfect for our friend who isn't into spices. It was exactly what the menu stated.

Big dissapointment came with the hard store-bought variety of corn tortillas. These were the rubbery, stiff thick kind you find on the bottom shelf of the HEB brand. Bleck and a HUGE deduct against them for even thinking to serve these.

Would I go back? Probably not, just because of the proximity to better places and the distance we'd have to go to get there. Would I recommend it? Sure, if you're craving Cochinita Pibil and happen to be right in the area.

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