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Apr 8, 2010 01:00 PM

Put your foot in your Mouth, Delcias del Sur

If you want to experience a really special, unique Mexican food that you rarely ever come across north of the border, get down to National City,

At Delicias del Sur, they make Tostadas de Pata or Beef hoof tostadas which are incredible!!

Broken down, it's the hoof boiled until all the gelatin, collagen and meat are fork tender. This is taken off the bone and chopped and lightly pickled and chilled in an oregano laced vinaigrette. Here they freshly fry your tortilla for tostada rather than use pre made and spread it with excellent earthy refritos. This is topped with the bright, chilled pata pieces and cool shredded lettuce, onion and tomato enrichened with crema and cotija. This is truly a gastronomic sensation!

I was also given a wonderful 'sopita' if you will - a great example of the consomme style soups that precedes your main course in Mexico's Comida Corrida lunch Tradition.

Huaraches, gorditas and the fellow DF cousin the Pambazo round out the menu. Get your cooling tostada de pata - perfect for these summeresque days!

Delicias Del Sur‎
1604 East 18th Street, National City, CA 91950-5009
(619) 336-1445‎

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  1. Hi, kare

    What region (or regions) of Mexico are the Beef Hoof tostadas sourced? You mentioned D.F. dishes like the Pambazo. Your description of the preparation reminds me of french terrines.

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    1. re: Gypsy Jan

      They say that they are in the style of DF. In fact, the tostada tasted most similar to the one I had at Tostadas Coyacan - in that southern burb of Chilangolandia. But perhaps most famous for the Pata tostadas is Guadalajara - which make theirs from pigs feet. Provecho.

      1. re: kare_raisu

        I'm sure you already know this, but you can get pigs feet tostadas at Pozoleria Dona Maria if you have that odd craving. I have such a hard time getting past the Pozole that I haven't indulged in them yet, but one of these days...

        I take Delicias is a sit down restaurant?

        1. re: deckape

          Its a counter order and sit down restaurant. They used to put the pigs foot in the excellent pozole at cenaduria candyland....delicious.

    2. Gotta hand it to you, you're a real gem hunter. Thanks for the rec.

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      1. re: cstr

        Yes! No problem let me know if you make it -- try a pambazo, a rare sandwich.