I was in HP last night and had seen here that Melinda's had closed. I was a huge fan of Melinda's but I moved out of the area a while ago. I drove by to see the situation for myself. There was a small sign in the window saying they were closed. Sad, but hungry we saw that two doors down was El Fagon. It looked promising so we popped in to look at the menu.
The menu was photocopied and HUGE. The front page listed a Mexican column, appetizers, soups, and specialites; the back had more specialities and seafood, beef and poultry entries. The Spanish name was listed with the English name under it. But, to fit all of this the font size was about 10 point with no descriptions.
We opted for soft tacos. My friend got grilled shrimp (seafood is listed as their speciality but it was so cheap, it made me nervous) and I got chicken/veggie/beef combo tacos. We went to the counter and were told by the chef that he was 'on my own'. He had a friend take our order. It was pure comedy. He wrote everything down word by word and repeated it in Spanish to the chef. We asked if rice and beans were included and we were told yes. We asked for sour cream and guac and that seemed to really confuse things.
The plus side was that they had nice cold Coronas... that they served to us with a wine glass!!
We waited a good 20 mins for our food while several people came in for take out. I'd say we were the only non-Gringas in the place. Everyone seemed to get the soups. We couldn't figure out what they were ordering as no one spoke in English.
The waitress came in after 20 minutes and came to ask us what we ordered. We explained it again and then our food came out. Instead of grilled shrimp tacos, we got grilled shrimp on a plate of rice and beans. The removed it and brought out tacos a short time later.
Although, the ordering process only seems to work if a) you speak Spanish or b) the waitress is there. But through it all they were wonderful and gracious.
For the chow, it was great. My plate of tacos was HUGE. Nice fresh ingredients. They called them 'double tacos', it was two soft tortillas, so you get two tacos out of one. It was only $7, a great deal. We never got the rice and beans, but were stuffed at the end of our meal.
I'll definitely try El Fagon again if I am in the area. I still am not sure what region this cuisine is from. But it is a fun place for this gringa to try to figure out.