Help a hermana out.
For all of this city’s renown as a foodie’s mecca, I’m having a hard time with the simplest little request:
I want Mexican food.
Yawn. Frankly, I’m not really interested in a place that has its own website. Most of what I’ve seen so far in D/FW are high-concept Tex-Mex restaurants with utterly forgettable fare. Even Joe T.’s, while admittedly tasty, is fancier than what I seek.
I want a small family-run taqueria. I want steak tampiquena with nopalitos and grilled green onions. I want migas (which someone told me are called chilaquiles con huevos up here?), my only perfect hangover food. I want Cokes in the can and chicle at the register for a quarter and Tecate posters on the wall and a jukebox.
Got any suggestions? Please, don’t think I’m looking for something up here in the ‘burbs — I’d be suspicious of a Mexican restaurant that could afford the rent anyway, because then the prices sure aren’t going to be the $1.50-for-a-chorizo-breakfast-taco-the-size-of-my-head for which I’m searching, and the menu is going to be all artsy-fartsy and theme-y. Ick.
And, since I’m making requests, I want elotes asados, scraped right off the cob into a styrofoam cup. In Austin I could get it at the cart in front of the Fiesta Mart by my house. Any ideas here?