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El Faro - perhaps the best mexican buffet dive you will ever try

slowcoooked | Jan 20, 201512:15 PM

Never heard of it here, easy to miss off Wells Branch just west of 35. Run by the cutest couple - grand-dad mexican chef and his sweet as a peach wife. He keeps about 15 items on a little line of buffet food hot and fresh Monday thru Friday. It's home-made. Everyday he has marinated roast chicken parts (good), fresh fried taco shells and ground taco meat with little potatoes, carrots, and peas mixed in (not bad), serviceable enchiladas, an always great and low fat sautéed veggie medley and very good menudo. On rotations are usually a beef dish and a pork dish. Today those were tender chunks of thinly sliced chuck braised in a deep rich pasilla pepper sauce (pic below, awesome) and what chef calls tres chiles puerco, another stew with melt in your mouth pig shoulder braised slowly in a decadent pequin, arbol, and guajillo pepper sauce (also shown). This is home cooking. And it's for the person that hates buffets because of stale, unrotated, microwaved, cold food. Two other bonuses - it's a sub ten dollar lunch. And the place is chocked full of lighthouses (so named) purchased by adoring long time customers. It's tiny, it's a bit of a little dive, and there's gotta be an awesome backstory for the one employee that does the dishes, etc. I've eaten here once a week or two for probably 6 months. Finally figured I should let y'all know. Learned from another regular Tuesday is the best day - not sure why, but so far it seems like they always have the best line up. Very good iced tea too and grandma keeps those glasses filled up and the plates cleared to a fault.

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