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El Chilito = Darned Good Tacos


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El Chilito = Darned Good Tacos

Bababooey | Jun 19, 2007 09:43 AM

I finally made it to El Chilito for lunch yestersday - it took an article in American Way (American Airlines' in-flight magazine) to remind me that I needed to make the trek.

Anyway, I was the only guy there in dress pants and dress shirt - a mix of local construction, students and neighborhood moms seemed to be the majority of the clientele. I ordered three tacos: a puffy taco with picadillo filling, a cochinita pibil taco on homemade flour tortilla and a carne guisada taco, also on the flour tortilla. All three tacos were good to great: The cochinita pibil (braised pork with a slightly sweet flavor) was excellent - I have never had this before and was very close to chewing off my own fingers in pursuit of the last bite. No need for salsa on this taco as the flavor balance was perfect for me. The puffy taco was also quite good. The beef picadillo was a bit bland, but was easily remedied with a dose of their smoky salsa. Finally the carne guisada. I'm no expert, but i think they gave me carne ASADA, or this was the driest guisada I've ever seen!! It was OK but, perhaps because I was envisioning guisada, I was disappointed. The flavor was not enough for me - I would have preferred a bit more "punch" to it.

Overall I thought this was a great trek (as I have to drive across town to get there), and I will definitely be back to try other items from the menu...

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