General Discussion

getting the real thing....long rant......

Share:

General Discussion 35

getting the real thing....long rant......

janet of reno | Jul 20, 2005 09:07 AM

Today I had lunch at a (previously, at least) favorite sit-down Mexican restaurant. It has an extensive, and seemingly authentic menu. I was there a little late, so the place wasn't crowded, but every one who was there seemed to be speaking Spanish. I happened to pick up a Spanish-language newsletter as I walked in, (and I'm sure the waiter saw me reading it) and spoke to the waiter in Spanish (practicing for a trip to Central America tomorrow). I ordered the lunch special: Chicken enchiladas; a bargain at 4.95 with rice and beans. Imagine my disappointment to find my chicken enchiladas smothered in gloppy, melted monterrey jack cheese. The verde sauce on the enchiladas was good, and not excessive, but they were ruined by that cheese. I have eaten a lot of chicken enchiladas in Mexico, and never were they served with so much cheese (and in Mexico, the cheese on enchiladas will be minimal, and usually of a crumbly variety....)....so my point is this: do they make all their enchiladas this way, or did the waiter somehow signal to the chef that a gringoized version was in order??? I can't believe that they would have served such a gloppy dish to the Mexicans sitting at the table next to me....they were obviously regulars and might be inclined to not come back if thats what they were served. So what does it take to avoid this kind of thing??? I feel like I would be insulting the chef if I asked for them to make my dish "authentico"? Would just asking for "No cheese, please" have done the trick? Should I just use the chowhound passport even though I speak the language ?? Your thoughts, please, if you've stayed with me this long.....

Want to stay up to date with this post?

Recommended From Chowhound