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Lake Worth taqueria nite

s.m. koppelman | Feb 19, 200609:40 PM

1. On a recommendation, we went to the Taqueria Guerrero (one of several in Palm Beach County) at Congress and N. 10th Ave. Shared an order of fried fish tacos and a bistec encebollado entree.

The fish in the tacos was maybe a bit overdone but not greasy, and topped with crisp shredded iceberg and what I recall as a thin sour-cream sauce but I could be wrong. Decent.

The bistec encebollado was thin carne asada topped with firm juicy onion sauteed in the meat juices for extra tastiness. The beef itself wasn't super flavorful, but it had the salty, charred thing going on about right. The rice and beans were Good Enough, though I kept spooning on more of the cooked salsa. We shared a melon agua fresca and it was full of little bits of cantaloupe.

The roving approx. 5-piece mariachi band was quite polished. FYI, if they play a song or two at your table, the standard tip appears to be $10.

We'll definitely be back, especially considering the huge menu (some 120 lunch and dinner items), tho this meal wasn't on the level of what I've had consistently at Dona Raquel a half hour to the south in Pompano. Same genre, though, certainly good, and one meal is not enough to reach a verdict I'd feel comfortable sticking with.

I assume many of the large number of people having the mixed seafood soup with a crab cluster hanging out of the bowl were observing a meatless Friday. I could be mistaken.

2. El Rey de los Tacos. Some four and a half hours later after dancing unskillfully but enthusiastically to rockabilly at the Bamboo Room, we made our way toward the Turnpike along Lake Ave. I knew Tacos al Carbon would be open, but before we got that far west, the partner in crime spotted the converted school bus with a dozen or so people hanging out under utility lights. Did a U-turn, pulled into the dirt lot and we shared one each of respectable though not stunning suadero and lengua tacos with soft sauteed onion. No surprises on the list of fillings, and the suadero was dry even for suadero, so next time I'll probably go the additional mile west to Tacos Al Carbon for that 1:30 AM taco. Unless yet another taco truck looks promising...

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