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Villa Creek Paso Robles-Taco Tuesdays

paso_gurl_100 | Mar 21, 200812:15 PM

Fellow Hounds, I have to say, Villa Creek is back in my good graces with their Taco Tuesdays. I have had an on-again, off-again w/ VC since they opened in 1997. We were off for about a year and a half when I walked in and saw that Fred the bartender was no longer there. His young replacement kept a wineglass filled with exactly 4 or so ounces of wine colored gelatine to help ensure that he was precise in his pours (I kid you not). It was such a turn off. Well, we've gotten back together. (Seriously, there is much more to the story); suffice to say that my last few visits I had walked out feeling like I had spent a lot of money for an unsatisfying meal and overpriced wine.

At any rate, we are back together since this last Tuesday, when DH and I got a wild hair and instead of doing our usual post- golf Tacos Tenexpa, we decided to go downtown to VC. The dining room was EMPTY and there were a few people in the bar. We sat right up to the bar and were attended by Carla, a nice food service professional/ bartender whom we have know for several years from different establishments in town. She handed us the regular bar menu, and a list of about 6 different Taco Tuesday items. We had an order of chips and salsa (no longer complementary, but reasonably priced $2). The two salsas included a smoked chile salsa and a blended orangish (kinda looked like Cholula) but is was very tasty, it had a chipotle/ mango sorta flavor to it : smoky, sweet and pretty high on the heat factor. The tacos ($2 each) are taqueria sized, but not only single wrapped. The tortillas are obviously house made, thin and grilled. We had the shrimp, fish, and carne asada. Each had a variation on the garnish the most remarkable was the carne. I was actually a steak- maybe a flat iron? Grilled med rare and cut into 1 inch cubes. Paired perfect w/ a cold Heineken. We each started off with two, and then went for one more- hubby had another carne and I had the carnitas- yowza! Like the rest of the meal, this was not your abuelita's carnitas, the American fusion really shone through in the carnitas! The meat was a leaner cut than Mexican carnitas, but still very flavorful with a smokey, ever so slightly sweet rub/ sauce. I believe the carnitas tacos are always on the menu, which could be dangerous for me. They also offer their succotash tacos on the TT menu, and that night Tom was offering a papas con chorizo, but I found out about that one to late, so be sure and ask what the special is. After all was said and done, we had a great meal for $28, about what we would have paid at the taqueria. I think a Taco Tuesday chowdown might be in our future!

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