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Jan 25, 2006 09:08 AM

Little Mex Place on Koenig

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Can't remember the name, although I've been there twice, but it used to be called Iquanas Ranas. It's next to a laundymat and a little store at Woodrow and Koenig on the north side.

The prices for dinner are CHEAP. Their specialty is goat - Birria, sort of a stewed goat meat for $8.95. My girl got beef and shrimp parrilada or something, a generous portion for $8.45 or so. Negro Modelo was only $2.50 per bottle. Stop in for a quick and inexpensive meal that tastes good.

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    Seamus Mitwurst

    Maybe it's that your name makes me wanna skank.
    Maybe it's because you have pointed me in the right direction many times before.

    But recently, when I have felt unmotivated to choose a restaurant, I have wanted to post a request for a "Rudeboy Top XX" List. I didn't think that would fly on the list.

    You are one of the few people with whom I have disagreed one or less times. Thanks for this suggestion.

    Now please.
    Tell some more.

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    1. re: Seamus Mitwurst

      Thank you, Seamus - I agree that we are often on the same page. I also want to try Caribe, nearby on Lamar, next to that original korean grocer. Anyone been there?

      Now that you mention it, I need to go back to El Zunzial. I posted about this place a while back, but never went in again (although I almost went last night, but instead went to Marisco's on Riverside because my sis likes fried shrimp and wine and we had a coupon). I noticed that Zunzial was written up as a "hidden treasure" in the Chron week before last, so the word is out.

      I'm also digging on the pork and shrimp salad at Sunflower (as well as the vietnamese crepe), the shrimp with "garlic noodles" at La Soleiel, and I had some very good cabrito at Tamaleo's, a little place on Anderson almost to Lamar. I need to explore outside of my immediate environs!

      If you are stuck out on near Parmer/183/620 at lunch, the best place to eat is at Freescale (formerly Motorola). The cafe there is awesome, and you can eat for $5 - no tip. Anyone can go in - it feels weird the first time. It is sort of like an art museum cafeteria, but a little cheaper.

      1. re: rudeboy

        I tried Caribe yesterday since you were the second person inside of a week to bring it up. The other person who told me about it really liked their little salsa bar.

        Anyway, I had two breakfast tacos, the potato and egg, and a barbacoa. I think I've found a new favorite place for barbacoa! (if they stay consistent). On weekends they serve breakfast until 2pm (big positive). I look forward to trying it again and exploring more of the menu (the seafood in particular looked intriguing).

    2. Taqueria de Jalisco, between Grover and Woodrow.

      I think you mentioned this place before in another post (it's been a while ago) and I tried it based on that was very good. Thanks. I don't know why I haven't been back. I was actually planning on getting breakfast/brunch there on Sunday with a neighbor.

      By the way, I agree with Seamus. Keep the recommendations coming. And I hope to try that Mexican place on N.Lamar and St. Johns soon.

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      1. re: Nacho

        If it's Sabor a Mexico you are hoping to try soon, I'm sorry to have to tell you that they are out of business. I got to go there once when it was very good. The next time it was not good; they just weren't trying anymore. Shortly thereafter it was OOB.


        1. re: Jim Washburn

          Yes, Sabor was it, unfortunately. Thanks for the heads-up. I just saw it on Lamar for the first time a couple of months ago. The earlier descriptions of its location mentioned St. John's, so I was thinking it was over by the St. John's exit on area I never go to. I didn't realize St. John's intersected Lamar. Oh well. Guess I'll just have to double up on my visits to Taqueria de Jalisco.

          1. re: Jim Washburn

            I never realized how they could drive Escalades and Lincoln Town Cars with no business, but that's really none of my business. I miss them. They would always pop in a certain CD when I walked in because I mentioned once that I liked it, particularly a certain song. I could never get the name of the artist because they had burned that CD from somewhere. And with the BYOB, I had some great times there. Once, I went with a table of 10, and all the entrees came out one at a time over a period of an hour, which was fine with me. Some of the less adventurous people were not impressed. Many are put off by the lack of english-speaking waitstaff. I tried!

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          Seamus Mitwurst

          Went to Taqueria Jalisco for a late lunch one day.
          Pretty darn good gordita al pastor and torta milanesa.
          Very promising. Also had some very nice service. The waitress showed up as if on cue. Nice.
          I want to try their birria (though isn't it usually lamb?).

          Thanks for the suggestion.

          Went to Freescale's cafeteria. You're right, that was weird. Pretty good, but for $5 I prefer Ba Le, though definitely one to remember if I happen to be out there and in need of food. There were some engineers and code warriors out there with some weird social tics.
          Almost as foreign as eating at Huong Giang, which has become a favorite of me and my lunch bud, at least when we want Hue style Viet cuisine.

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          1. re: Seamus Mitwurst

            I had the same question about the birria. I tried to ask, but there was a language limitation.

            I work around the corner from Freescale. I woudn't drive across town, but sometimes itis damn good for $5. I'm too far from Ba La and Huong Giang for lunch. I STILL haven't been to Huong Giang.

            1. re: rudeboy

              Birria is occasionally made with lamb/mutton (i.e., birria de borrego), but more commonly with goat (i.e., birria de chivo).


              1. re: Scott

                Yep - she did say Chivo when I ordered it, so it must be goat. Tasted like a stewed cabrito. I really need to lean spanish (Ive been saying that for 10 years).

                1. re: rudeboy

                  cabra = goat
                  cabrito = chivo = kid

                  1. re: Kirk
                    Seamus Mitwurst

                    That explains why the birria at Borrego de Oro is made from lamb.

                    On the cabrito tip, I tried the Cabrito al Horno at El Azteca and loved it. It was greasy fun removing the meat from the bones. Not for the prim and proper, but worth it.

                    1. re: Seamus Mitwurst

                      Prim and proper need not apply here.