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Zamora and a taco truck surprise [Fresno]

PolarBear | Jan 11, 200807:53 AM

On a tip from a Hispanic coworker (on a tip from his son who deals in restaurant equipment) I popped in to Zamora Carnitas Restaurante Y Centro Botanero for lunch last Tuesday. Knowing my love for spicy food he recommended their salsa verde. Ordered the chile verde lunch plate (6.75), generous serving of the most tender cubes of pork and most vibrant, deep flavored verde I think I've ever tasted. To top it off the corn tortillas are hand-made, thick, moist, warm. The chips brought prior to the meal were nice and warm/crisp and the salsa... well, the PB likes it with a kick, and this was on the edge of putting my butt through the goal posts. It's one of those that the heat tells me to quit, but the flavor keeps bringing me back for more. I end up putting what I couldn't eat with the chips on the rice with my entree. Beans were perfect, many whole and half pieces throughout, not the
typical mush.

Went back today to try the dish my co-worker raved about, Chicharons en salsa. Same great verde sauce with the crispy pork belly, out of this world. Had time to look at the menu while waiting, so much more to try. Found that they have fish tacos, either grilled or friedEar (a la plancha or fritas), whole deep fried fish (10), pescado and camarones soups with whole orders $10-12 and half orders at actually about half that price, not just a couple of bucks off. Much to explore here.

Earlier, on the way into the office, I stopped at a taco truck on the SW corner of Wishon and Princeton, near the little Mozib grocery on the same corner. Learned that it is Celia Taco, but there's no name anywhere visible on the truck, and it's run by Luis. Luis gave me a sample of his adobada, lean and tasty with little grease. I asked about the cabeza and lengua and was told someone had been in earlier and cleaned him out. Went with an adobada taco for 2.00, huge mound of meat piled on top of two (store bought) tortillas, plenty of cilantro, onions, and salsa with a half lemon on the side. There was actually enough to make two of the generous size that one is used to getting for 1.00 - 1.50 ea. Looking forward to going back for the cabeza and lengua.

[Edit to add]

850 N. Fresno St. (half way btw Belmont & Olive)

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