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Fideo at Tere's

David Kahn | Mar 15, 2006 04:13 PM

Well, I found another item I really like at Tere's (5870 Melrose, (323) 468-9345). (Many of their standard menu items -- carne asada, carnitas, and chicken tinga burritos, enchiladas -- are okay, but don't really knock my socks off.) During the week, however, they have a Mexican chicken noodle vegetable soup called "fideo" (sp?) that is wonderful. It has a mildly spicy, brick-red broth with vegetables and potatoes, fine egg noodles, and huge hunks of chicken breast (white meat only, as far as I can tell). Deeply satisfying flavors, which can be made even better (imho) with some added hot sauce and some of their excellent homemade tortilla chips crushed up and sprinkled on top. (Like Mexican oyster crackers.) As an aside, Tere's has, hands down, the best tortilla chips I've ever been served in a restaurant; I think it's cause they use homemade tortillas. Btw, if you're only ordering soup, you have to ask for chips; otherwise they just give you a couple of tortillas and some crumbled Mexican cheese.

Anyway, I'm always on the look out for a good bowl of soup, and this is definitely one. One serving makes a good sized meal. (Monday thru Friday only; they're closed on Sunday and on Saturday they make a red pork pozole instead, which is good, but much denser, if you know what I mean.)

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