It got cold, but the food smelled great and I had a cup of Mexican chocolate to see if it would warm me up after I put on my jacket. It didn’t but here are some photos of La Milpa’s Dia de los Muertos celebration.
Altar for Dia de los Muertos at La Milpa on Hull Street
Here’s a dancer
Here’s some comida
Be still my heart, tamales..
There were some Colombians serving arepas. I had one, but I was still cold. So I went home.
After weeks of watching the work go on in the rehabbing of this former Midlothian TPKE fried fish emporium into a taqueria, I noticed that it was OPENING SOON!
Nearest the camera, carne al pastor, then carnitas, then carne asada..
And it was called PANCHITO Restaurante Mejicano y Taqueria (Authentic) (or something like that) and we decided to investigate this place on Saturday. We met at one PM (I got there first and was able to find a menu and got an agua gaseosa (mineral water). We only wanted a snack, so rather than getting full plates, I decided that we should split three sopes (thick corn tortillas with a rim/edge) and chose carnitas (fried pork bits), carne al pastor (marinated pork), and carne asada (grilled beef).
After our order was placed, my brain was picked re: local ethnic grocery stores, educational background, and common acquaintances.
Our order arrived and we fell to with some salsa verde of moderate picante added to our meal. Everything tasted authentic and was approved of. The toppings were a trifle dry, but we couldn’t really see ordering fully sauced dishes at that time of the day, since we had other things to accomplish before the day was out. I want to come back and try some of the platters; I think they had chicharron en salsa verde. I may go back by and pick up a menu.
It also seemed on the pricey side.. I would have expected the platters to be at least a dollar or so less.
PANCHITO is open most days from 10 AM to 10 PM.. Fridays & Saturdays from 10 AM to 4 AM. It could prove to be too interesting a place to visit in the early morning hours since it is right next to several transient motels. You young folks can live large, but I’ll pass.
And one should note that the formica booths are not for large folks.
the charm of formica and the transient motel..
Posted in architecture, carne, chiles, comida mejicana, ethnic groceries, no hay cerveza aqui!, the charm of formica, the noble pig
Tagged comida mejicana, Dogtown food, pork, salsa verde, sopes, taco wars, tortillas de maiz
I did this same sort of series with a Belmont Butchery steak last fall. Here’s a similar operation with a couple of boneless pork chops I got at Kroger. (Hey, I’m trying to save money, Tanya!) <snargle>
I used lemon juice and some of Stubbs' Chile-Lime Rub on these succulent boogers. That was all.
after the anointment
the grates outdoors
These will be sliced for sandwiches to take to work during the week. I’m amazed at how many folks go out to eat every day. Must be nice (maybe).
P.S. How do these jokers get corporate funding for their ever-so wistful food bloggerie? I sure as hell would drink the Stubbs’ Kool-ade. I’d take his free charcoal. <snargle>
Here you are. Looks quite nice. I combined this with a trip to Taj Mahal to get some tea for my lady-wyfe in KCMO. Nearly went over to Jerusalem to see what they might have in the way of halal lamb to grill, but I went on home.
La Milpa without the cook tent.
I have been meaning to document this for at least a month. They’ve redone the stucco in a sky blue with embellishments. Quite handsome, I’d say. I’ll go by and take some more photos when the dining/cooking tent is down.
Note the blue finish.
Whoever did this did a nice job. Reminds me of home in South Texas.
Facing Hull Street
Noth entry with corn motif
This is nicer than in a lot of the toffee nosed places downtown. Seguro que hell yes!
South entry with Quetzalcoatl motif
The banner.. which says
outdoor carnitas/they are here/enjoy them!
Note the happy cartoon chanchito!
I got a carnita taco and is was as good as always. There were three fine salsas to go with this..
Mr Impolitic Eye needs to quit eatin’ at the hifalutin places. I nearly took a photo of the tripitas (chitlins), but I left my camera in the truck when I sat down to eat my taco.
Chorizo con cebollas!
Chorizo and onions..
We finally finished our 93 oz. jug of Nablus olive oil. It was only $19.98 and lasted well over a year. That’s under 22 cents an ounce.
Nablus olive oil
We got this at Jerusalem Halal Market at Hull & Turner. They have good lamb there, too.
Their MEAT ISSUE mentions the Big Apple Market on Jeff Davis. Who let them off their West End tether? Next they’ll be reviewing the Guate bars in that neck of the woods.
Barbacoa con Big Red! (Randy Garibay 1939 - 2002)
It should be noted that Big Apple’s fish market can be rather aromatic in the summer. And they usually have the widest selection of dried beans in the area. Flor de mayo, Mayacoba, Canario, y mucho mas! And they often have tins of Caldo de Garrobo (iguana soup) which is said to be an aid in combatting hangovers and an aid for impotence.
Posted in beans of all nations, caldo, carne, goat, shopping, soup, South Texas
Tagged beef, chickenfoot soup, Dogtown food, frijoles, pescado