While I usually get my taco fix at Lopez or Los Comales since I work close by the family wanted Mexican for dinner and La Hacienda is really close to our house so I went along not expecting much. I have not eaten at LH for quite some time but figured it to be firmly in the El Rodeo/Dorado, Torrero's school which I'm not a huge fan of but they are kid friendly and I have 2 of those (6 &7) so sometimes..............To be honest sometimes on a Friday evening all my wife and I care about is kicking back and eating chips and salsa and having a couple of drinks so as long as the kids eat something we don't really care. Our kids were big On The Border fans. Yeah I know, a crappy chain with flair sportin', singing waitstaff ( three things I hate ) but sometimes the middle of the road does something right and their salsa was damn good. They actually made it on site every day.
Anyway perusing the menu I spy a lot of the usual stuff but then I notice a small heading "Traditional Items", hmmmmm. 2 or 3 taco plate, keep talkin'. Choices, al pastor, carnitas, asada, buche among others. I'll try. No luenga, barbacoa or chicharron though. So it arrives and I see fresh corn tortillas ( 2 thin ones per ) and meat ( very generous too ) covered in raw onions and cilantro. They did not disapoint in the least.
Another plus was my Coke. I'm a big fan of the Mexican Coke made with sugar instead of HFCS. I'm sure it was my imagination as they were serving from a fountain and not bottles the Coke tasted alot like the bottles I get at the Mexican markets.
My wife got the chiles rellenos and gave a thumbs down. I got a chiles poblano on the side and thought the same. Strangely ( well not really, Bret is the man ) the best relleno I've ever had was at Elaine's On Franklin. The table salsa at LH was pretty much the same stuff at most other places-cooked and kind of vinagery. If you're a west Durham/ east Chapel Hill dweller like me give it a try. I'll be back.