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Authentic food

Posted Thursday, April 17, 2008, at 8:46 AM

I love food, and I especially love supporting locally owned private restaurants. I might sound like Rachel Ray here, but, when traveling or out of town, I love to find places off the beaten path where the locals eat. These places are usually affordable and delicious.

It's even better when you discover one of these joints in your home town! Mexican food has become so Americanized and chain-like that I cringe almost every time someone asks me to go to a Mexican restaurant in town.

Long story short, a friend told me about (well, actually reminded me because I had been to this place several years back but completely had forgotten about it) some great tacos in town that are REAL Mexican tacos. So I returned to La Hispana for a try of their beef tacos last night. It might not look like much inside or outside, but I promise you'll find the real deal there.

I had a beef taco which consisted of steak, fresh herbs (cilantro), onion and maybe some other spices on a shell. It was so good and probably quite healthy. I also had a quesadilla that is one of the best I've had and far better than any you'll get at the other Mexican places in town. And it is ridiculously inexpensive.

If you don't care much about appearances and if you want to eat some real Mexican food, give La Hispana a try. They're on the corner next to El Mexico. With the Hispanic soap operas playing in the background, you'll feel like you're on vacation in the heart of Mexico;-)

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Are you talking about the Mexican store right across from KFC? I didnt realize they served food there but then I have never been in there. I am always afraid to try places like that but I have always been curious about going in there and seeing what it is like.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Thu, Apr 17, 2008, at 10:17 AM

Yes, that is the place. It is a grocery store with a little eatery on the side. Like I said, it's nothing fancy but cheap, authentic, and simple food. If you're open minded, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

-- Posted by sfowler on Thu, Apr 17, 2008, at 10:24 AM

Most of the Mexican restaurants we have serve nothing like authentic Mexican food. Do you know I know a few people that have moved here from Mexico that had never even heard of fajitas until they moved here?

-- Posted by titansfan on Thu, Apr 17, 2008, at 10:48 AM

I didn't realize that place served food, either. I think I know where we will be going this weekend though...Have you tried that place that's kind of in the same parking lot of where the chicken and waffles place used to be? It's really good, too.

-- Posted by cfrich on Thu, Apr 17, 2008, at 11:18 AM

Thanks for the heads up!

I hadn't eaten at the grocery in forever but it is good.

I've not tried the one down by where Rumors once was.

I like real,not-for-tourists,ethnic food.

It is usually healthier,cheaper and tastier than any generic food that's marketed to outsiders.

If the flavor prompts me to feel guilty,I'll remind myself that these regional cuisines tend to use meat and dairy as condiments,season with herbs and use very fresh ingredients.

They are ecologically,fiscally and dietarily(?) responsible- even if they are fun to eat.

All that and photonovellas,too-how can you beat that?

-- Posted by quantumcat on Thu, Apr 17, 2008, at 2:35 PM

My husband and I eat there alot. I love the chicken tacos and he likes the beef and it is very inexpensive. Just don't expect your kids to like it cause it don't taste like taco bell!

-- Posted by breezy on Thu, Apr 17, 2008, at 3:27 PM

Hmmmm, Real Mexican Food. I miss Albuquerque, there was a place there that served the best Blue Tacos I have ever had in my life. And the salsa was unforgettable..it literally would knock your socks off when they brought it out they always brought 2 pitchers of water, they called it Spontaneous Combustion

Not many people who live around here though would enjoy that type of food.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Thu, Apr 17, 2008, at 11:36 PM

Thanks I also did not know they served food either..We will have to try it also now....

-- Posted by rebelrose on Fri, Apr 18, 2008, at 11:07 AM

The only thing I don't like about some of the authentic Mexican restaurants like this is that they don't serve chips and salsa like more Americanized ones do.

-- Posted by titansfan on Fri, Apr 18, 2008, at 12:13 PM

That's probably why there aren't many overweight Mexicans ha ha;)

-- Posted by sfowler on Fri, Apr 18, 2008, at 12:48 PM

I highly recommend Aguas Calientes on Fairfield Pike. It is across from Walgreens. The food if very, very good and the owners are terrific people. Mexican food is very regional just like American food. Nothing is really the same as you drive across the US as is the case in Mexico. I have had the privalege of traveling all over this wonderful country and let me tell you I have never come across Fajitas. They are Tex Mex. Yummy, just not Mexican. Buen Provecho! (Happy Eating) and adios!

-- Posted by txtnchica1 on Thu, Apr 24, 2008, at 3:33 PM

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Sadie Fowler is lifestyles editor for the Times-Gazette.
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