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Sarasota "Mi Pueblo"

gfr0397 | Jun 22, 2006 06:17 PM

A few weeks ago I had dinner at "Mi Pueblo," a Mexican restaurant in the Publix Plaza in Sarasota near the corner of University Parkway and Tuttle. The tacos were not the hard-as-stone tacos which I usually encounter (a/k/a "Taco Bell" style hard tacos). Instead, they were authentic Mexican tacos, fried so that they were crunchy, but with far more "give" to them than the hard-as-stone tacos.

The filling was also authentic, using pot roast beef, not ground beef. This provides better "chew" and absorbs the delicious, spicy sauce better.

I went back to "Mi Pueblo" for lunch today and had a mix and match plate of one tamale (actually, properly, one "tamal"), an enchilada verde, and a tostada. The tamale was very authentic (which I associate with tasting good, although the two concepts are not always linked), where the filling, not the corn coating, predominated. The enchilada verde with a cheese filling was quite good--tangy, with a very hot sauce. The tostada, covered with refried beans, chopped lettuce, a crumbly white cheese (queso de Oaxaca)and tomato, was crunchy, which was good, but rather bland. However, the restaurant supplies beaucoup versions of hot sauce, all homemade, so this was not really a problem.

I finished off with flan, which was not the usual flan. Those familiar with Mexican and Cuban flans (and, for all I know, many other nationalities' flans), know that there are two types: the custard flan, which is very common and delicious, and then cake-like flan, which is about halfway between a cheese cake and a moist regular cake. This was the type that "Mi Pueblo" served. The sweet, smokey carmel topping had soaked into the body of the flan, adding a sweetness to it. The flan itself was less sweet than I had anticipated, which turned out to be good, since the sweetness of the carmel topping would have made the dessert too sweet.

Service was great, except for the fact that the waiters were a bit too much "on the ball." They could have come to my table a little less often, but hey, better too much service than too little. The place was very busy at lunch time and scrupulously clean! I'll be going again soon.

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