Was in San Jose for a meeting today, and stumbled across El Papucho.
A Mexican restaurant in a large strip mall on West San Carlos, El Papucho is part store and part restaurant. Menu is surprisingly large for such a small place, and includes flautas, tamales, caldos, tortas among many other items.
I ordered the Chile Colorado plate and took a seat in on of several booths in the store. The dish was served with rice, beans, and corn tortillas. Dried oregano and salsa were already on the table.
Chile was very good. Complex enough sauce, with a slow burn of spice. Not overwhelming, but definitely part of the dish. I love this dish in general, but don't have much tolerance for it when it is bland. Nice serving, large chunks of beef. Reminds me a lot of the way my grandmother makes this dish.
Beans were just fine - nothing remarkable. Rice had a good flavor, though the texture was a little clumpy. (ha ha - nice descriptor!). Corn tortillas were fresh and generous, though I prefer them to be about half as thick.
Overall, a good surprise and a great meal. Cost of Lunch + 50 (thin) tortillas to go: $10.44
If I am ever in the area again, I would return and try their tamales. They sell masa for any at-home tamale makers.
1745 West San Carlos