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San Pablo - La Plazuela – More Mexican than Mexico – Guilotas (fried quail)

rworange | Jul 4, 200512:53 AM

… and the tacos with grilled house-made tortillas and grilled onions are very good.

This is a working man’s restaurant. Let me put the emphasis on man. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a women eat there. The Latino men in the white cowboy hats keep an admiring eye on the waitresses as they sit with their bottles of Corona.

One room is a restaurant with Formica tables and wooden benches. The white board doesn’t announce daily specials, but apartments for rent. The next room has a bar with a couple of pool tables. Wall shelves next to the pool tables hold the beer bottles while the guys play. The room has one of the oddest murals I have seen … it is a freeway, a freeway that dead ends. The American flag is painted on the wall to one side of the mural.

When I entered the restaurant, every head turned toward me and eyes twinkled a bit and I felt the thought might be “What is this Anglo woman doing here”. Fighting my instinct to flee, I looked over the menu. It’s not like these were thugs, just hard working men, I was just felt out of place rather than afraid. They soon ignored me and turned their attention back to the waitresses.

The taco was worth it. A fresh, uncooked tortilla was put on the grill. Onions were grilled as well. There was a nice spicy salsa and some fresh cilantro with a wedge of lime. It’s two bucks for the taco tortilla a mano with beef.

Watching the ladies work while waiting, the burritos are the first I’ve wanted to eat in a long time. The tortilla for the burrito is fresh grilled also and has rice, beans, grilled onions, crema, avocado, cheese, cilantro, and choice of meat. All this goodness for $4.50. For an extra 25 cents you can get it Mojado (with red or green sauce on top).

You can get either flour or corn quesadillas. All menu items are described first in Spanish, followed by English … sometimes.

Yet the menu doesn’t read like a dive. The restaurant is packed at times. There are those fried quail on the menu. I’ve never seen this before. Well, it is California and the state bird.

There is mojarra frita or deep fried mojarra fish. It looked very good. They also have a fish fillet.

The menu has a lot of camarones (shrimp) in the following styles: a La Diabla (red hot sauce … hey, feminine ending), Ranchero (onions, tomatoes, bell peppers), A La Plancha (grilled), Al Mojo de Ajo (garlic sauce) and Empanisados (breaded). There is also a shrimp tostado and coctel de camaron. There is even a surf and turf with bifseck and camarones.

Pollo En Mole and Roast chicken are are available as is Chili Colorado and verde.

Soups include Siete mares (seafood), Menudo (beef tripe), Birria (goat), Res (beef shank) and Camarones.

Breakfast is served on Saturday and Sunday and includes breakfast burrito, Chilaquiles and Huevos Rancheros (have to think these are authentic).

I worked in Mexico City for a while, and as I said, this looked more Mexican than some of the places I ate there. Now that I know the ambiance, I’m going to get one of those burritos one of these days … and the roast chicken … and the chicken mole …. have to think more about those quail.

La Plazuela
(510) 232-7688
2022 23rd St
San Pablo, CA 94806

Didn’t EXACTLY catch the hours.

Monday – Friday – 10:30 – 9 pm
Saturday – Sunday – 8 am - ??

Link: http://chowhound.safeshopper.com/23/c...

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