Posts Tagged ‘tortas’

Greensboro food trucks

December 10, 2012

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Friday for lunch, I had some seriously kick ass tacos, in Greensboro no less. At the corners of High Point rd and Hilltop in a small convenience store lot lies THIS taco truck. They craft a variety of authentic Mexican items but this particular day I was jonesing for tender meats from the Motherland (well someone else’s mother). I ordered 10 tacos (co-workers were eating them too, I’m not a pig…most days) Al Pastor, Lengua and Barbacoa. Every single one of them was delicious but the Lengua was the stand-out. By the way, there were no store bought tortillas here. The order took about 15 minutes to come out…they weren’t particularly busy but they handmade all the tortillas as they prepared everything. It doesn’t get much more fresh than that. Topped with cilantro and chopped white onion, it was exactly as the doctor ordered.

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The Lengua. Easily the best of the bunch, so tender yet full of flavor. It’s what other cuts of meat dream of being. In this case it was chopped and lightly sauteed to near perfect blend of tenderness and slight “crunch” and with the fresh tortilla, it could be the best lengua I’ve ever had.

The Al Pastor was good, very good but it was a tad dry and slightly overcooked. This happens in the states because the health department mandates the meat be cooked twice when it’s carved from a spit (think of gyro meat). I didn’t see the spit but it’s highly possible they had one. The flavor was great if a little too crunchy for my liking.

The barbacoa while fantastically slow cooked and tender was bland in comparison. Many places really amp up the spices in barbacoa and this was pretty plain.

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Bottomline…if you’re in the greensboro area you’ve got to try these tacos. Next trip (likely this week) I’ll cover tortas. A few of the guys in front of me ordered them and they looked fantastic. I’ve driven by the area a few times and they are usually out there around lunch and dinner most days. They don’t take credit cards so bring cash and if you can work a little Spanish into placing your order it would be greatly appreciated. English isn’t their first language and most of their patrons seem to be Mexican workers. Which is a sure fire way to know. This place serves up some killer food.

Puerco Pibil Torta’s

October 18, 2011

This post is a little on the late side being that I cooked this dish up 2-3 weeks ago but it was so damn tasty how could I not? It combined some of the dishes shown here recently, mainly the puerco pibil and  pickled red onions. I picked up some french bread, some crappy generic queso fresca that the supermarket had and made a killer sandwich out of it. I also added a few slices of avocado and a heaping of pickled onions. Combine some of these recipes and you can have a killer sandwich too.

Pickled Red Onions – a recipe from the gods

September 24, 2011

 

I know, bold statement about something with 5 ingredients that requires almost no cooking but I’m serious. Last night I was having a conversation with my bosses wife about pickled onions and I told her I had a recipe for some Mexican style that added a little heat to them. It’d been a while since I’ve made these delectable little bastards so I decided to whip up a batch and pass along the recipe. Pickled onions are a great condiment to use for tacos, nachos, tortas, or whatever you can dream up. It’s stupid easy to make to boot. Have at it.

The Ingredients

1 Red Onion, sliced thin
2 Serrano Peppers, sliced thin longways
1 c white vinegar
1 1/2 c water
2-3 tbsp sugar, depending on how sweet you want
1/2 tsp Kosher Salt (I always use Kosher salt in my recipes, and no I’m not Jewish)

How-to

In a pot on low heat combine the water, vinegar, salt and sugar and stir until the salt and sugar are dissolved. Add the onions and peppers, stir and remove from heat. Place everything in a bowl to cool and cover. Leave out overnight then refrigerate. This should keep for about a week, if it lasts that long. Enjoy

El Milagros Torta’s – Greensboro

August 19, 2011

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How about some killer Torta’s in the GSO area?…found em. Tonight I swung by El Milagro aka the Miracle Palace of torta’s. Some name huh? It’s a small place off High Point rd not to far from the Colosseum Complex. Inside it featured the standard bright orange paint and paintings of mountains and rancheros that family owned Mexican eateries usually have. Still, it was warm and inviting and reeked of tradition Mexican goodness. The other bonus? I didn’t see a Speedy Gonzales combo on the menu.

I had to get back home quickly so I waited while they boxed up my Tortas Milenese. They added some salsa verde to the box for a little extra spice, you know how us gringo’s cant handle the heat. Anyway it was damn tasty and refreshing from the usual taco’s that I’m always eating, like Groucho Marx always said “I like my cigar, but I take it out every once and a while.” The bread was fresh and perfectly crunchy and chewy right where it needed to be. A light swath of mayo, some pickled peppers, lettuce and tomato rounded this beastly sandwich out. The steak was prepared slightly different than I’ve usually had in this but it was still good although being a bit more crisp and dry than I would have preferred. That salsa hanging out in the corner of the pic? It had some heat going on there but that doesn’t stop Ole Johnny Boots, JB welcomes the challenge. So I put a little here, dipped there and just about killed the lil cup. It was actually nice being able to add the spice when I wanted, giving my mouth a break when needed. Unfortunately the fridge had no beer so it was washed down with some water but some tequila made an appearance for dessert. It should have been some Milagro but we’ll review that later.

All in all, check this place out. They’re friendly, serve good food and its a great deal. We’re gonna go with a 3.5 outta 5

El Milagro
3008 A High Point Rd
Greensboro, NC 27403
336.851.9222

Las Torta’s…again

May 7, 2011


Las Torta’s does it again. I had a late night at work and swung by on the way home to get some of their tasty goodness. I mean come on look at this thing. I dont think I’ll ever be able to set foot in another American style deli again. Its so simple, one meat (cochinita pibil), some fresh farmers cheese, grilled bread and some pickled onion. Its wonderfully juicy but with immense spice and flavor. Out the door it was about $6 bucks, and to think I only used to get the tacos here.

Las Torta’s
6405 Peachtree Industrial Blvd
Norcross, GA 30092