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el toro partido - a visit

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el toro partido - a visit

maria berman | Feb 27, 2002 06:38 PM

Finally got to this place on 141st (ish) and Broadway after seeing the mention in the Times. A tiny Mexican/ South American place which was lauded for their Tortas.

When we walked in last night, table-fulls of young men were emotionally singing along to Hotel California on the juke box. Placed an order to go. Got tacos con pollo, a huarache with chorizo, and pork en mole rojo.

Tacos were very good. A double layer of tortillas, with a bit too much meat. Nicely charred, grilled, tender chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, a bit of crumbled cheese, cilantro and lime on the side.

Huarache was a monster of hand made tortilla, chorizo and crumbled cheese, with a spicy red sauce. Full of chorizo grease which tinted everything orange, yet somehow right (to me) This is what I remember from the Maxwell Street Market in Chicago.

The pork/mole was the only disappointment. Meat was tender, also grilled, but the sauce was way too salty, though thick and the right deep reddish brown. Plentiful, with rice and beans on the side.

Total was 15 dollars, for what turned out to be a swineish amount of food.

There was a sense of earnestness about the preparation and the ingredients were fresh and well handled (no yukky brown spots on the avocados), so we'll definitely go back.

They deliver. Our friends on 158th and Broadway coersed them into a delivery by offering an extra $5 dollars for a cab. A very good thing when you just can't leave the house.

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