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I ordered lunch at a Mexican place outside Dalton, GA today. Owned and operated by Mexicans, called La Maguay. Can you guess what the food on the left side of the plate is? On the right are the ubiquitous soupy refried beans. Who can identify the dish on the left?

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  1. Is there anything under the kind of soupy sauce on the left?

    1. After rejecting my first three guesses for being too gross to mention in a public forum, I'll take another stab and say... sausage & cream gravy? That 100% cholesterol stuff old-time southerners eat over biscuits?

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      1. re: BobB

        It does kinda look like gravy...

        So chorizo gravy over eggs, topped with queso fresco (not sure I spelled that right).


        1. Good guesses all. I was totally boggled to find out it was a chile relleno. Gloppy sauce, some ground beef and a bit of peeled roasted green chile. By no means a whole chile just a couple of bits. But yeah, BobB, pretty gross. Lots of salt not much flavor.Oh well it was northern ga

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          1. re: Candy

            you mean a "pre-digested and puked on a plate by a dog" chile relleno?

            1. re: alkapal

              LOL! That's pretty much what I was going to guess. Minus the chile relleno!

            2. I only knew the answer because that's how chile rellenos are served at the Mexican restaurant near my office. Bleah.

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              1. re: Aimi

                This is my standard in CR's. I was aghast at that mess!

                1. re: Candy

                  now THAT is a chile relleno. how does that other mess qualify as stuffed peppers? i don't get it.

                  1. re: alkapal

                    I didn't either, which I was non-plussed about the glop on my plate. Even finding any green chile was a challenge.,

              2. To be honest, that's what chiles rellenos I get here in SoCal look like on the plate, though there's always a real stuffed chile under there, always a fresh one, or reasonably so. Only time they stand up and look like stuffed peppers is when they're tricked out with crunchy breading and stuffed with something other than cheese, whereas I insist on egg batter and cheese, please. They go all flat because they were cooked en masse earlier in the day*, and reheated in sauce on your plate. The "cream gravy" (ha!) is of course more cheese...as if you weren't getting enough calories yet.

                * They kinda have to be, since chiles rellenos aren't the sort of item you can make one at a time. Like crepes, only more so.

                1. I live in an area where over 65% of the surnames are Hispanic.. most from different regions in Mexico. I have NEVER seen glop like that passed off as a chili relleno! Maybe they couldn't find any fresh chilis in the market? Maybe I'm being too kind? Looks like all they had was a tablespoon of canned chopped Ortega chiles and some canned taco meat and gawd knows what else. Next time you come to California, eat your way through Monterey County Mexican restaurants, most of which are good to VERY good. We're lucky enough to have a large population of native-born critics here to keep the quality up! Even our "roach coaches" would never serve glop like that.