Restaurants & Bars 11

Taqueria Traspasadas

annieb | Aug 25, 2002 07:16 PM

So, RST has gotten me in the mood to just sample from various Mexican. I noticed that the used-to-be generic Greek breakfast food/diner had morphed into something serving Mexican food but keeping the old sign, then gone vacant, and recently reopened as Taqueria Traspasada.

At the intersection of Elston, California, and Belmont, by the way. SW corner. Easier to park on southbound Elston.

Stopped because driving by earlier I noticed that while their menu was limited, it did say barbacoa.

Opted for a torta ahogada, billed as pork leg in hot sauce. Got it to go, just in case it was only so-so and I'd be stuck inside a pretty empty restaurant (although it is Sunday evening). While waiting, had a chat with the cook, where they're from (Jalisco) and their birria (estilo Jalisco, but served three ways--a taco, a platillo, or consome). Birria de chivo.

Also asked if their barbacoa was cabeza, yes and he offered me a taste. Very very good like the best pot roast.

The torta, by the way, came on a long bolillo, good portion of moist but not too fatty pierna, lettuce, tomato, I paid extra for avocado, passed on the crema. But the killer was that it was drenched (inside and over the top) with a great chile sauce, I'm not totally versed in this chile taste versus that, but I detected guajillo. Robust and delicious. Sort of like a much better hot beef or turkey sandwich in terms of soft bread and gravy/sauce, but oh so much better.

They also had a handwritten special of menudo. Birria, by the way, is weekends only. Platillo de birria is 6.50, consome $4, taco de birria $1.55.

They were short on take out menus (hopefully a good sign for their future), but the birria plate seemed to be about the most expensive thing. No breakfast things listed on the menu, but they're open long hours, 8 am until 11 Sun, perhaps until 1 am Mon-Thurs, and until 3:00 Saturday. In case you really can't get out of bed for the menudo.

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