How can I not love a restaurant where on nearly every visit the owners give me, gratis, something not on the menu which I'd never even heard of before, much less eaten? Tonight at Restaurante Amanecer Tapatio, while I was eating what I'd ordered, the owner's daughter Monica brought me a small bowl of al dente sweet corn, off the cob, mixed with a green chile in a pale green broth. Monica said it's called ezquites and is sold by vendors on the streets of Mexico City but not here in Joliet. Her mother, Sra. Sanchez, had made it for the family to eat while on the job in the restuarant. Is anyone familiar with ezquites?
Amanacer Tapatio is on the SW corner of Collins and Liberty on the East Side of Joliet. Collins, aka IL Rt. 7, is Joliet's main Latino business strip. About a mile north of Amanecer Tapatio on Collins is the original Illinois State Penitentiary (closed by George Ryan), site of opening shots in The Blues Brothers movie and mentioned as "Joliet Prison" in Bob Dylan's "Percy's Song." Come enjoy our local culture.