Taqueria La Arrolladora in Salinas
A couple months ago, Mom and I stopped at Taqueria La Arrolladora for lunch, our first time here. The small storefront with an open kitchen features a juice bar to the side and the walls are decorated with some beautifully styled photos of the food. This is one of the few taquerias I’ve been to in this town that does not have music playing. However, probably not for long, as the mariachi jukebox salesmen were there pitching them.
Mom had the Taco Max with cabeza. This creation lined up two handmade corn tortillas lengthwise overlapping somewhat and melted a base layer of cheese. Filled with avocado, tender braised beef cheek meat, shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, cilantro, and onion, unlike the poster, whole beans dominated the interior. But still pretty tasty, if not what was expected.
For me, the enchiladas with mole rojo. Though promised a secret recipe, the red mole was pretty similar to canned enchilada sauce, perhaps a bit more tart. The pickled onions on top were a good touch, but could not make up for the cottony chicken filling. Rice was crusty and dried out and the refritos had little flavor. I also had a champurrado and would not recommend it, much too watery.
The one bright spot of this meal was the jericalla. I’d never heard of jericallas until spotting this Jalisco specialty at Saltillo,
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/884129 . Then I discover it again here a few days later. Beautifully caramelized on top, satiny smooth, barely sweet, this milky custard knit together the flavors of the eggs and milk harmoniously.
Taqueria La Arrolladora
1002 Del Monte Ave
Salinas, CA 93905