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Old 03-15-2010   #16 (permalink)
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yes the sign laportena.theowner was young, from the netherlands,there was more good food had chicken,and cherioso ? spelling all good
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yes the sign laportena.theowner was young, from the netherlands,there was more good food had chicken,and cherioso ? spelling all good
The owner was Alec or Alex was from Argentina, I believe.
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thats him great food don,t missit
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really good empanadas
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Yesterday, I ate at the little place up on Ave. 10 and Calle 64 across from the school. A definite good find for lunch. We had a cream chipotle chicken breast, and meatballs(2 huge) in a nice spicy tomato sauce. They serve this with rice and beans, a small soup and a pitcher of drink. The place is very clean, small maybe 6 tables(all the tables were full at the time I was there, 1 ish). They were very friendly. The cost was 38 pesos per lunch. The waitress said there is not scheduled list of lunches, it varies by day what they feel like cooking. There are always, I think, 5 specials with one of them being vegetarian. I will ad this to my list of repeat places for lunch. Oh, she did tell us Friday they serve fish, and on Saturday they make a couple of Mexican soups that are a favorite of locals, one being mundongo(don't know the spelling of this).
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mondongo
only for the brave
popular with locals on sumdays in playa
i can't even look at it without getting queasy
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Yesterday, I ate at the little place up on Ave. 10 and Calle 64 across from the school. A definite good find for lunch. We had a cream chipotle chicken breast, and meatballs(2 huge) in a nice spicy tomato sauce. They serve this with rice and beans, a small soup and a pitcher of drink. The place is very clean, small maybe 6 tables(all the tables were full at the time I was there, 1 ish). They were very friendly. The cost was 38 pesos per lunch. The waitress said there is not scheduled list of lunches, it varies by day what they feel like cooking. There are always, I think, 5 specials with one of them being vegetarian. I will ad this to my list of repeat places for lunch. Oh, she did tell us Friday they serve fish, and on Saturday they make a couple of Mexican soups that are a favorite of locals, one being mundongo(don't know the spelling of this).
This has to be the same place as the start of this thread. Great food and wonderful people.
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mondongo
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i can't even look at it without getting queasy
we ordered this at another little place on 10th ave. at around 70th not knowing what it was. I thought I was going to throw up. The owner told us that it was a beef type stew but when they brought it the pieces of meat were totally like fat. If I understood clearly the translation of what type of beef, I think it was part of the stomach? My husband was a good sport and switched plates with me because he is a much more adventurous eater, but even he couldn't eat it. Must be an aquired taste.
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Tripe, usually honeycomb.

It gets much closer to nature though, we picked up morcilla stuffed in intestines at Chedraui a while back... very difficult to deal with.
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I'm totally going to check this place out when I am in town in June...I am hunting for the best fish taco's in town, and not jokiong wanting to try brain taco's when I am there...My girl friend said they are awesome...and I am so game...Any idea's folks?
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really good empanadas

I have had a hard time finding really good empanadas in Playa since this one empanada shop closed down. The empanadas I find are thing and with sparse fillings. I prefer south american (columbian) style empanadas.
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Tripe, usually honeycomb.

It gets much closer to nature though, we picked up morcilla stuffed in intestines at Chedraui a while back... very difficult to deal with.
i never had any interest in mondongo, but my gf decided to give it a try
there was an anus in there, that sealed the deal for me


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I have had a hard time finding really good empanadas in Playa since this one empanada shop closed down. The empanadas I find are thing and with sparse fillings. I prefer south american (columbian) style empanadas.
la proteña makes the south american style, they are very good
i have heard manolo makes good one's too, never had them

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The owner was Alec or Alex was from Argentina, I believe.
The old owner was Alex, and the new owner is also Alex, from the Netherlands. He & his girlfriend bought it, and are (so far) keeping it the same. Their grilled sausage ( can't think of name) sandwich is really good. No beer there, that was the only pop we drank the whole trip! We visited with Alex, and he seems to be a really nice man. Very friendly!
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Many thanks to all of you on this forum. I read this thread the day we got here to get the inside scoop on good, cheap eats in Playa. We are foodies from San Francisco who love us some Mexican food.

So far this week, we've been to El Fogon, Cactus Restaurant, and El Serape Grill. My impressions:

Cactus Restaurant: As described above. Fantastic food. Mole sauce was the best I've had here so far. The service was a little on the slow side (even for Mexico), but it was fine because we weren't in a hurry. Still, 2 hours for lunch is a bit much for a restaurant that doesn't serve alcohol. That aside, the food was terrific and was a very good value for the money.

El Fogon: Great tacos al pastor. My wife, who does not eat pork, sampled mine because of the noises my dad and I were making while eating them, and absolutely loved them. Also outstanding alambra ranchero. Excellent black beans - the beans were perfectly seasoned and perfectly cooked. The thing that really stood out for us here, however, was the service. Carlos (our server) did an amazing job making menu recommendations, keeping the food and drinks coming, and generally letting the good times roll. Excellent value for the money.

El Serape Grill: Located on Benito Juarez, between Avenida 20 and 25 (not on "Calle 15," as stated earlier in the thread. Calle 15 and Benito Juarez do not intersect.) Best tacos al pastor we have had since we got here, although my wife (who is admittedly no expert on matters of the pig) thought El Fogon's were better. Also the best Nopalitos (BY FAR) that I have ever had. My dad had only eaten nopalitos once before in his life and thought it was ok - but he was blown away by the nopalitos at El Serape. He said he could have made an entire meal of them, and I agree. They were THAT good. The mole echiladas were very good and the enchiladas verde were also tasty. The guacamole was excellent - probably the best we had anywhere in Playa. The service was pretty good, although not as good as El Fogon. Overall, excellent value for the money.

Once again, thanks to the forum for the recommendations. You guys made this vacation into a gustatory fantasyland!
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Many thanks to all of you on this forum. I read this thread the day we got here to get the inside scoop on good, cheap eats in Playa. We are foodies from San Francisco who love us some Mexican food.

So far this week, we've been to El Fogon, Cactus Restaurant, and El Serape Grill. My impressions
Thanks for sharing, hope the rest of your meals in Playa are as good or better,

Buen provecho!!!
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