I used to look forward to Thursdays because that was the day that long gone, long lamented but not forgotten 'Manitas would make their C de R. Not that it was the best, although certainly enjoyable, it was something one could count on. Now I have had problems finding a steady supplier of C de R in my area, north central and learned last week that Elsie's has dropped it frorm their menu entirely.;
But today I have good news, I think. I had a bowl of very good C de R at a grocery store on N. Lamar called La Hacienda. In the store is a small taqueria with a few stools and a few tables. They have a steam table and make rice, beans and other Mexican meats of which their names I do not know because they do not post a menu. Basically, it is a Spanish speaking only place. But, to get to the point, they always have a big pot of C de R on. I ate some last week and almost teared up it was, at least to me, so good. (There is always the possiblity that it had been so long since I had had any that anyone's would have tasted delicious). But I think that this was genuinly good soup(stew?). In a big bowl, the size of David Letterman's head, I got a whole potato, almost a quarter of a head of cabbage, zucchini, the traditional piece of corn on the cob,, and about four chunks of that cheap meat that they use, boiled to the point that it could be cut with my spoon. Also I was given a plate with chopped onions, Spanish rice, cilantro and some limes plus some homemade corn tortillos. . Gawdalmity, all I needed was a beer and I would still be there eating.
Now, this place is on N. Lamar in the thick of many , primarily, Mexicann restuarants, fast food places and right south of T and S. I hope you will enjoy as much as I did. Sorry for the verbosity, and I'm not even drunk.