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queso fundido at sabor a mexico

1newyorkguy Jul 20, 2007 03:30 AM

I'd never had that dish before and was looking forward to a gooey, 'dippable' cheese bowl...however it was more mozzerella like in its consistency...no dipping possible. is this the way it is supposed to be? or is there a place where it is nice and fondue like?

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    Diana Jul 20, 2007 08:02 AM

    Never found it fondue like.

    But you could always try making your own at home in a fondue pot.

    1. tatertots Jul 20, 2007 08:55 AM

      I had the same dish at sabor a mexico and was a bit dissapointed, it was too coagulated. LaLa's (Argentinian Restaurant on Melrose) has a similar cheese appetizer made with provolone cheese, I think it's common at Argentinian restaurants. It's more "dippable." The best queso fundido I've had so far is at MESA in Vegas. So delicious!

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      1. re: tatertots
        Burger Boy Jul 20, 2007 10:19 AM

        La Super Rica Taqueria in SB has my favorite version.

        1. re: Burger Boy
          ozhead Jul 20, 2007 11:44 AM

          Second, third, and fourth La Super Rica in Sta. Barbara -- not just for the queso fundido, but for everything I've tried there. It's a little hard to find, as the sign is inconspicuous, but look for the line of people outside the door on Milpas St. and there you are.

          1. re: ozhead
            glutton Jul 20, 2007 04:45 PM

            I love that little tomato sauce that they fold into their queso fundido... It's always the first thing to disappear whenever we eat there.

            In metro LA, I like the queso fundido at Monte Alban. It's made with Oaxacan and Monterey Jack cheese. It's most definitely not fondue-style, but I do not believe it should be. In the fondue-style, you usually add wine or something like that to create the dip-ability. Otherwise, the cheese will be stringy and gooey, which is what I prefer. Especially when it's baked a minute too long and it has some crispiness around the edges.

      2. Dommy Jul 20, 2007 10:22 AM

        Yes, it's supposed to be that way becuase it's NOT Nacho Cheese, it's supposed to be a bit stringy (It's the type of cheese they use)... You Eat it with tortillas, not Chips...


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        1. re: Dommy
          handlertaper Jul 20, 2007 05:17 PM

          I agree that La Super Rica is the best for Queso Fundido-Sabor A Mexico's seems to be a different style. Paco's does a pretty good version by the way and serves it with those fresh, flour tortilla's. I don't love the other items on their menu but do enjoy their Queso Fundido. (My all time favorite version though is served in the Yukatan in Akumal).

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          sassille Jul 22, 2007 03:47 PM

          I'm with you on disappointment in the queso fundido. When I ordered it, it arrived solid-dry around the edges, not cripsy as if it were baked in an oven too long....which would have been okay by me. this was either microwaved to solidarity or a leftover that was reheated.
          My favorites are La Casita in Bell, Served on a banana leaf with fresh hand-rolled tortillas, and La Cabanita (hand rolled tortillas, or Joselito's in La Crescenta (machine pressed tortillas)

          Joselito's Mexican Food
          2345 Honolulu Ave, Montrose, CA 91020

          La Cabanita
          3447 N Verdugo Rd, Glendale, CA 91208

          La Casita Mexicana
          4030 Gage Ave, Bell, CA 90201

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          1. re: sassille
            ozhead Jul 24, 2007 10:11 AM

            I've never tried the queso fundido at La Cabanita, but if it's as good as everything else I've had there, I bet it's pretty dang good.

            1. re: sassille
              jerseygirldawn Apr 25, 2009 07:43 PM

              We took your advice and tried La Cabanita tonight. It was delicious! Thank you for the recommendation. The tacos, queso, cream of carrott soup and flan were amazing! The restaurant was also kid friendly.

            2. gaylenwaydelich Jul 23, 2007 02:52 AM

              Antonio's on Melrose. I have an annual "Tres de Mayo" party every year in the back room and always serve it as a starter with a side of guacamole.

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                kauma Apr 26, 2009 07:03 AM

                Don Antonio's - on the patio!

                1. Hughlipton Apr 26, 2009 01:54 PM

                  I have never bothered ordering queso fundido North of the border but I can tell you that the queso fundido I've had in Guadalajara, Cabo, Manzanllo and even dangerous Tiajuana are baked to the consistency whwere you can scoop them with chips (totopos). I like to order min with chorizo on top.

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