Let me preface this review by saying that I am far from an expert when it comes to Mexican or Tex-Mex food. I come from Philly, where Mexican is one step up from Taco Bell, but I've always been intrigued by more authentic Mexican food. Moving here has given me that opportunity. So, I can't say much about authenticity, but can only give my opinion on the food.
I started off the day debating on getting Mexican or going to a place closer to home that offered Philly Cheesesteaks (something I can vouch the authenticity of). I headed down Rt. 10 to Philly's Steak and Deli (3260 W Euless Blvd, Euless), only to find it had recently been replaced by Pierre's Mardi Gras Cafe. I wasn't really in the mood for New Orleans food, and even though they offered steak sandwiches, something put doubt in my mind about how good they'd be. I grabbed a take out menu and climbed back in the car to head to Cachitos.
Cachitos is located in a small shopping center on Harwood Rd in Bedford (at Central). I arrived around 12:30 and the place was hopping. Many seats were taken, and a number of takeout orders sat on the counter. I got into line and started reading the specials and meals written out on the whiteboard behind the counter. The place is small, but bright and homey and clean. It is a family-run business.
The menu has explanations in both English and Spanish. The friendly, talkative woman behind the counter spoke both languages fluently. I decided on the sopes meal al pastor (with rice and beans for $4.95) and a Mexican coke. I paid my bill and sat to wait for my food, which was brought to my table in about five minutes.
The Mexican coke was interesting and very good. It substitutes cane sugar for the corn syrup used in our Coke. The sopes were handmade patties of masa, topped with beans, al pastor, lettuce, tomato and a small bit of queso fresco. The smell was incredible and I dug in with gusto, adding just a bit of salsa verde for kick. Wow, these were really good. I can't be a good judge of the meat, because I think there were so many other things on the sopes, the meat did not stand out on it's own. However, when I dug a piece out to taste on it's own, it was very flavorful. Tacos are a better way to go if you want to get the real flavor of the meat offered. With the rice and beans on the side, it was a very filling meal, and I had to take one of the two sopes home, I was so stuffed.
Cachitos offers tacos, burritos, tortas, chile rellenos, tostadas, sopes, taquitos and a few other offerings. Choices of meats include asada, pollo, lengua (tongue), al pastor, chorizo, carnitas, barbacoa, shredded pork and shredded beef. Next time I'm going for tacos to really sample the meat. They also offer homemade fruit waters, which change daily. Today's offerings were hibiscus flower, horchata and pineapple-coconut. They have a condiment bar which includes a choice of four salsas (the verde was incredibly flavorful with a little heat), onions, cilantro, jalapenos and radishes. Their soups are homemade and change daily. Pozole was on today's menu, with menudo being offered tomorrow.
They offer take out, as well as eat-in options. I highly recommend this little place, and I will return. I recommend you visit if you find yourself in the H-E-B area.
2113 Harwood Rd