Already been here three times – love it. Mico Rodriguez – yes, of Mi Conina fame – offers us Mr. Mesero (Mr. Waiter). The menu touts "American Standards, Mexican Classics" I'm all over the Mex-Mex stuff, myself.
It's a great space (previously Burger Girl, and before that Lombardi's La Cubanita) at 4444 McKinney Ave.
Color accents the room and explodes on the plate.
^L Chiles: Jalapeño, Pulla, Habanero y Tomate, and the house salsa.
^R Toreados – pan fried Serrano peppers w/ grilled onions. Here with Aguacates (Avocado).
^L Don't call it a Mambo Taxi! – it's the El Santo (same effect, as you might imagine).
^R Complimentary pickled goodness! I'm so crazy about these I can't see straight – however it may be the heat, on second thought.
Delicious Caldos at $5:
^L Pollo y Tomatillo – Mexican pozole verde – pulled chicken, tomatillo, cilantro broth. I have this on each visit – sure hits the spot with the crisp air.
^R Fideo y Pollo – Consomme de pollo – con esencia de chile morita.
"The American Side" of the menu features a Caesar ("have to have it on the menu"), Saturday Afternoon Pork Sandwich, Texas Coast Shrimp Salad, Strip Steak and Fries, and The Rose Burger. It's in honor of Rose Stivers' famous double meat cheeseburger, served for decades at her Rose’s Bluebonnet Sandwich Shop at the corner of Greenville and Yale, until she passed away in 2003. There is a tidbit about her here.
^L Mico is testing this preparation out – steak prepared either on the oak wood grill or the plancha.
^R Arroz – a sampling of the three rices. Individual sides are also served with this wonderful mole.
^ a Combo Plate $7-$9; and a Taco Plate $7.
Service is attentive and endearing, this is not Mico's first rodeo.
^L A bunch of tacos, we had to try them all. Among them: Jardineros, Carnitas Mi General, Fino, Barbacoa, Callejeros, and Huerfano.
^R The Pescado Tacos – salmon, Mesero slaw, elote rostizado, tomate.
^L 5 Milk Pastel.
I adore this place and have brought all types of my food pals here to unanimous delight.
Well done, Mico – nice to have you back.
All about the setting, baby:
Gas station tacos on the outskirts of downtown? Cows? That's half the fun!
There's considerable debate around where the tacos rank – but you just gotta go down there once in a while.
Choose from Picadillo, Barbacoa, al Pastor, or the Chicken or Beef Fajitas.
To be honest, my favorite part of the trip is getting a "Cup -o-Elotes" while I wait for my tacos. It's a crazy-great bastardized version of the traditional street food. But instead of a corn on the cob with the usual condiments, this is all just mixed up in a cup. Corn, butter, mayo, crema, cotija cheese, lime, chili powder… damn. (Hey, you all know I'm all about Robuchon – but one must have an open palate).