Man oh man I think I hit mexican food gold. Never had I heard of these until I saw a post about Tia Julia. It's a grilled (or fried? until crispy) round masa cake folded over and stuffed with big beans, cheese and some spices I had never had in a mexican dish before (a hint of anice I swear). On top is crema fresca, white onions and queso fresco served with green and a smoky red sauce on the side. 2 of them was very filling for me weighing in at 6'1" 210lbs (oi vey).
I got 2 tlacoyos, the regular and the carne enchilada. The regular is as described above, the latter came with carne enchilada heaped on top with the sour cream cheese onions on top of the meat. The meat was def not a side note. SUgar cube sized cubes of well seasoned pork neither greasy nor dry and done just right, not too chewy as alot of taco places can get away with. It wasn't swimming in sauce, enough to keep the meat moist with a little extra to sink into the top of the corn cake soaking up the spicy porky goodness and softening the top layer.
I knew nothing of Tlacoyos before lunch and I'd love to hear of any other variations or places to get them. Other recs for Tia Julia would be appreciated, I saw cemitas on the menu, what else to try?
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