As promised, a new and unlikely spot in Aurora. If you like your restaurants close, warm, slightly stinky with grease, and very friendly, genuinely passionate in a word, this is the spot.
I found myself wandering up Hill Avenue the other day, calculating how to hit one store on route 59 and then proceed east to my home without being too savaged by traffic the Saturday before Xmas, when a somewhat dilapadated shack caught my eye, I know not why, as I have driven past it without notice many times before. Huaraches, the sign read, and, above, Los Dos Hermanos. Gazing back, I noted Sopes Ricos, and Gyros on the other side, Camarones al Gusto below. It did not take me long to conclude that I would need strength to face route 59, and I quickly looped back and pulled into the lot.
I suppose it is a grill. It looks like a couple of additons were attached to a shack. Inside there are 8 booths on the wall, clearly made by some owner with the cheapest materials they could use, a small counter, a small TV (quite large enough for the space, tho) showing that height of culture, Mexican variety shows, and a pass through and door to the kitchen which did not look like much. 2 guys by the counter, not eating, one guy sitting waiting, and one booth occupied with eaters. I wondered. But the menu offered hope. In addition to breakfast offerings (and I will be back to report on these) including many eggs, chilaquiles, skillets, pancakes, etc, they offered sopes, tortas, huaraches, zincorizados (what is this?) quesadillas, and much more (including hot dogs, hamburgers, gyros and fries). Camarones al gusto, and Caldo de Camarones. On this day, with a large meal coming later, I settled for a steak sope, and a huarache al pastor. While waiting I was able to observe the following good signs (in addition to the TV): a continual stream of takeout orders, the cook and waitress are husband and wife, everyone knew each other and were having a good time. The cook also seemd to have some business outside and left the restaurant whenever he was between orders. So I made friends. My neighbor at the counter had a strange, reddish stew, and when I asked what it was, I was told he made it up. By the end of the meal, we were discussing the pitfalls of operating a restaurant, and I was being cared for by patrons and proprietors alike. Decent haurache and sope, happy time. How do you reply to a slightly chunky lady when she remarks that before they opened this place 2 years ago she wore the same size pants as her husband? I just smiled and told her I would certainly be back.
The breakfast offerings looked very promising, so I will go back for that. And my coat still smells of that grill 3 days later.
Los Dos Hermanos
910 Hill Avenue
Open Mon-sat 9a-8p
Carryout is clearly a big part of the business, so if it is not the gracious dining atmosphere you crave, lighten up, oops, I meant order out! You will not get to enjoy the camaraderie, but your clothes won't smell either. They are located a little way north of the old Skyview (?) Drive In Theater on the east side of Hill between Montgomery and 5th.