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La Altena, Mission/Virginia

bernalgirl | May 23, 200509:18 PM

The need for something quick and carryable, but more of a meal than a taco, propelled us into the La Altena location at Mission/Virginia, adjacent to the Safeway.

Several years ago, this place had good pozole, but I haven't seen it on the specials menu in a while. I had the lengua verde and R had the mariscos in a tomato-based sauce similar to Veracruzano (didn't see the menu, don't know official name.). Food was good! The lengua (tongue) was a generous portion, well-trimmed and cut on the thicker side the way I like it, in a spicy tomatillo-based sauce. R reported that he thoroughly enjoyed his mariscos. Although I rarely like "Spanish" rice, the refried beans were good, on the thick side with lots of half-mashed beans, and the tortillas were good and generously provided. The accompanying shredded iceberg lettuce and limp underripe tomato were a waste of space, as was the bland table salsa.

While Altena is not the most inviting space, being only slighty less fluorescently lit than Taqueria San Jose, the to-go items were generously portioned and well-packed, so I'd recommend this as another to-go option in the Bernal area.

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