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Morganna | May 26, 200908:55 AM     11

I lived in Mason City during my teen years. There was a family-run Mexican place called La Hacienda that had these fabulous enchiladas with a brown beefy gravy instead of the usual more red or green chile sauce. I've tried to replicate it with no joy for decades. I've never found any restaurant anywhere else that had the same gravy, either.

First I was wondering if they're still around, and if so, are they still great? (All their food was really fantastic to my untutored, Midwest-bred palate but from what I can remember, it was actually good, not just good because I didn't know better.)

Also, I was wondering if anyone knew a way to get the recipe for that gravy out of them. Over the years I've tried calling them (the last time I tried was maybe ten years ago), and they've always been unwilling to part with the recipe, despite the fact that I'm never going to go into competition with them or anything. :)

I'm kinda hoping they're still around in 2013 so when I return for my 30 year reunion I can give them another go. And this time get extra enchiladas so I can try to analyze the gravy with my much more sensitive palate. ;)

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