With all of the places in Eastie calling out for some love, I have to give a big shout-out to Jalisco and the tremendous food they are dishing up there. We started with tacos -- cabeza, lengua, and adobada -- accompanied by really excellent salsas. The cabeza was out of this world -- deep meaty flavor with the perfect amount of fat. Even better when slathered with avocado / serano salsa and lime. Really outstanding.
One of our party had called ahead and asked the proprietress, Maria, to prepare Carne en su Jugo, a Jaliscan specialty which I'd never even heard of before. Literally "meat in its own juices" is a bowl of beef, beans and broth served with various toppings to dress it up, and a side of hot tortillas. Radishes, onions (raw and sauteed), bacon, cilantro, lime. You top your bowl as you wish, or make a little taco to dip in the bowl, or just mainline it right into a vein. We asked her what else was in the broth -- it couldn't just be beef, but she said it was. When I cornered her later in the kitchen, she admitted the beef was sauteed in the bacon drippings, which made sense. Still, the broth wasn't greasy at all, just richly flavorful and deep.
The place is small and clean, and the regulars were enjoying plates heaped with meats, rice and beans. Everything looked great and I'd go back for the tacos alone, but if enough of us order the Carne en su jugo, maybe she'd put it on the menu. Either way, it's totally worth a trip to East Boston for a taste.
Place link thinks it's 293 Bennington but it's actually 291. Find it. Stat.
293 Bennington St, Boston, MA 02128