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Cozy Cactus: short and sweet review

Will Owen | Jan 7, 200609:47 PM

In the same strip mall as the Trader Joe's at Rosemead and Huntington Drive - I've been by this place a lot, never gone in. Today I was both tuckered out from trying to shop the Asian markets and being stymied by awful traffic, and just about famished. So I guess I was just terribly vulnerable...anyway, I said The hell with it and went in.

Good move. Nice not-loud conjunto music playing (love that!), and a menu of good-looking, not necessarily typical stuff for pretty cheap. Got a basket of hot, thin chips, along with directions to visit the salsa bar, which I did. "Burnt" tomatillo was disappointingly tasteless, but the avocado/serrano was killer! Very tasty and as torrid as advertised.

Anyway, I got the roasted poblano cream enchiladas, being a sucker for all four of those words, and very shortly thereafter was presented with a plastic 3-section plate containing two chicken enchiladas smothered in a creamy green sauce, some nice (also-creamy) beans, and some rice. Plus a plastic fork, plastic knife, and two paper napkins. This is not Fine Dining, folks. On the other hand, it was extremely fresh and very, very good, and just $6.95+tax.

I was awfully pleased, and I will be back VERY soon. Got a copy of the menu to study up on for next time, too.

Cozy Cactus, 7254 Rosemead Blvd., San Gabriel. Closed on Sundays, dammit...

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