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Off I-5 in Buttonwillow (south, near Bakersfield) - Tita's Papuseria follow-up

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Off I-5 in Buttonwillow (south, near Bakersfield) - Tita's Papuseria follow-up

CMM | Jul 20, 2004 10:23 PM

Alerted by Krys Stanley's posting to Tita's, we stopped by there for lunch last Saturday. Thank you Krys, Tita's is an original, friendly and soulful restaurant in a desert of cottonfields and fast food.

The decor is offbeat, with pictures, posters, paper currency from various nations and specials boards. Thoughtfully, there is a shaded carport on one side, and the bathroom was clean.

I am not at all knowledgable about papusas, but these had fairly fluffy dough, and were very cheesy. We had plain cheese, cheese with minced pork, and cheese with some flower or herb whose name I can't recall (see Krys's post). The pork and herb were secondary to the cheese, but contributed a little flavor. The chips were crisp and dry, the salsa had a nice kick. Plantanos were their usual sweet greasy selves. The star of the meal was the lengua (tongue). Poached until tender, it was then chopped into chunks, well-seasoned and apparently sauteed in a very hot pan or griddle with fresh peppers, tomatoes and onions. The effect was to slightly char parts of the meat and caramelize the tomatoes - extremely delicious. Decent home-made aguas frescas too.

Definitely a thumbs up.

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