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Mexican/Salvadorian in Tiburon - great lunch today!

Mick Ruthven | Sep 25, 2005 09:15 PM

About two weeks ago I posted about Poncho's Casa Manana on Ark Row in downtown Tiburon, after I went but wasn't hungry enough to have more than a taco. I went back at noon today hungry from no breakfast and again thought the place was special. Right away they brought the quite good chips with a very good salsa (medium hot and a sauce, not "salsa fresca") and what I'd call a pickled relish, mostly onions but quite a bit of other things. It was a great start. I ordered an appetizer pork pupusa ($1.30) to make sure I got to try the pupusa, and also an enchilada with plantains and mole sauce ($7.75 as I recall). I don't see that item on the take-away menu I'm looking at and I can't remember the name of it.

The pupusa arrived and it was very fresh, right off the grill, and served with a side of tart lightly-dressed (no mayo) slaw that complemented it very well. I'm no expert on pupusas, but this was quite good, if mildly seasoned. Of course there were the salsa and relish for it also. After I finished it I realized that with the chips I ate and then the purpusa, which was larger than I thought at first, I didn't need any more food. But in the interest of good reporting, I kept at it. The enchilada arrived with black beans, rice, and salad on a very attractive square blue ceramic plate. Not a huge platter of food, but quite enough. The mole sauce was dark and rich, and the plantains added some sweetness to it all. Very very good, and there was enough sauce for as much of the beans and rice as I was able to eat.

The menu is quite large, including several items with the mole sauce. This is a "different and better" place than most Mexican places because of the Salvadorian part and the skill and care that goes into the food. The prices seem quite low to me for the quality of the food. It's an attractive place with a small patio in front, and the people working there have always been very gracious.

Poncho's Casa Manana
110 Main Street

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