Tuesday, December 1, 2009
They have done it. El Azteca has satisfied my need for great, authentic Mexican food outside of Southern California. And they did it through beef tacos. What a great day it was when I wised up and went through their drive-thru a few months ago. I hadn't been to the EA since high school and back then I didn't have an appreciation or knowledge of good food. But I have come a long way since then.
My favorite food is Mexican food. Fresh, simple and a little greasy. And if all that can come with guacamole, I am even happier. Guacamole dots the i's and crosses the t's on a good taco plate. A barometer on great Mexican food is beans and rice. They are a staple and if those are good, you know the rest of the menu will be too. Good news, El Azteca has some of the best beans and rice in Utah Valley. Off subject, wanna know who has the worst beans and rice? Los Hermanos. I am sorry, but they do. They cannot whoo me with their fancy plant/vine/Tarzan room. If they want to romance me, they can do it by figuring out some better beans and rice. And salsa while they are at it too.
When you go to El Azteca, may I recommend the taco combo with either chicken or beef. Both are good. Don't forget to order a side of guacamole so you can add little dabs of that to your meal. And pay close attention to those beans and rice, especially the magical, spiritual place on your plate where the beans run into the rice. Carefully pour a little of their fresh, house-made salsa right there and scoop it all up with some of their perfect, fresh tortilla chips. Oy vey.
If you are a reader in Southern California in the Inland Empire or the San Gabriel Valley, go to Los Jarritos off of Garey in Pomona. Order the carnitas and then e-mail me and thank me for giving you the best Mexican food experience of your entire existence. In advance, you're welcome.