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I Was Rachel Ray’s Love Slave (almost) – La Quebrada

David Hammond | Apr 2, 200302:11 PM     12

For lunch, I stopped by La Quebrada, a VI-sanctioned favorite in Cicero that offers cuisine in the Guerrero style. I had the goat barbacoa which turned out to be exceptionally moist chunks of distinctively goat-y (in a good way) meat. It did not come in that orange-ish burgundy sauce that MikeG has wondered about, and it’s probably some of the best goat I’ve ever had, though I’ve not yet sampled any prepared by Ultimo, who I understand is a Master Goatsman.

What makes so much of a difference in meals like this (as Rene has noted) is the quality of the tortillas, which are “home-made” (if Harry the Fifth will allow me the use of that term). The goat came with guacamole, which is a good combo with any meat, and rice. The salsa here, as I believe has been noted, is very good.

Guerrero-style beans, I now understand, are light red beans in a broth, not mashed or fried, and their moisture is a fine complement to what can be a somewhat starchy meal. I also had a big horchata, which was also good with goat (more starch, but so right).

I was seriously overfed as I blotted up the last goat globules…and then, I saw her eating there. Rachel Ray was chowing down with a one-camera set-up, giggling and chatting away about how she just LOVED Mexican food. Apparently, she was doing a “Cicero on $50 day” thing, and when our eyes met, I knew it was over. She liked what she saw, and I’m not talking about the carne asada that sat half-eaten on her plate. She did kind of Taikwondo kick and cleared the table; pulling me down. It was clear that I was dessert, and I would have been, until I told her how much it would cost, and it became clear that I would break her budget by almost $5.00 (she had already eaten 3 times before lunch, so she had only about $3.75 left for dinner)….and, then…oh heck, I can’t go on. April Fools!

Funny or what!?

Hmmm, well maybe the April Fool’s thing doesn’t’ work quite so well on April 2nd. Next year, though (and I’m talking to you Tyksins!), I’m going to be all over this prankster stuff, just you wait, it’s going to be great.

Seriously though, folks, the goat is really fine. Thanks…and don’t forget to tip your waitress. Drive carefully and god bless.

La Quebrada
4859 W Roosevelt Rd
Cicero, IL 6804 708-780-6976,

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