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York Blvd.: The Saga Continues

chris o | Jan 17, 200303:01 PM    

Antojitos Guerrero
(Just east of Ave. 56)

Well, first of all, I decided I'd really been going about this all wrong, so this time I asked the lady at the counter "what's good?" Of course, she responded "everything". So we went back and forth for a bit. I asked if they had carnitas, she said no, but reccomended carne asada, that sounded good but I specified I wanted something taco-y as opposed to a whole steak, and it was agreed. Asked me if I wanted it hot or medium-hot, and I said "very hot".

She brings me chips with red and green salsas. Red is hot but otherwise not too flavorful. The tomatilla stuff is really good, though, with a very fresh, vaguely fruity flavor. Reminds me of cucumbers in that it has that...oh, refreshing feel to it. Then the plate arrives, with what I'd probably call "machaca" (or ropa viejo--are these two terms interchangeable?). It's been prepared with chopped serrano peppers in it, and for a moment my inner gringo wonders what I've gotten myself into, but it's not overly hot at all. Quite delicous. Somehow seems almost more chinese than mexican. The corn tortillas are thick, pillowy things which seem to be freshly prepared. In fact, I have to let them cool down a little before I can really get going on it.

So far, the "Rico Menudo" place is my favorite on the street, but Antojitos Guerrero is the most unique, and the one where the cook's TLC can be most felt.

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