Sunday, March 21, 2010

El Girasol - Taqueria

Our friend Steve invited us to lunch yesterday at El Girasol. He knows that I spent all my summers in Yucatan as a kid, and he thought that I would really like it.  Well, he was right. We ate yesterday at El Girasol Mexican Grocery, Taqueria, Carniceria, Tortilleria.  For those of you who don't speak Spanish that's a taco shop, butcher shop, and tortilla shop. This place is located just east of Panera's on that funky little street that runs diagonally between Kingston Pike and Forest Brook. It's really a series of shops.  Running from left to right there is a clothing store that houses the tortilleria in the back.  Be sure to go in and buy tortillas or fresh masa because they're made fresh daily.  Then there's a hair salon and finally the grocery store.  Walk into the grocery store, take your first left, and you're standing in what appears to be a clean, but unpromising little restaurant.  Oh, ye of little faith, you are standing in the holy grail of Mexican restaurants, one that serves REAL Mexican food.  I ordered from the daily specials which were all in Spanish.  I speak Spanish, but our waitress spoke excellent English; get her to translate the specials.  I ordered the Tostada de Camaron.  It transported me back to Yucatan.  Fresh, uncomplicated, and excellent--boiled, chopped shrimp were combined with cilantro, onion, tomato, and lime juice, and placed atop a crispy flat taco. It was the best item of the day.  Jim had the fish tacos--breaded and fried fish placed in an excellent soft tortilla, served with a delicious "condimento" of thinly shredded coleslaw, onion, cilantro, tomato, and lime juice.  Steve's wife, Connie, had a combination of enchiladas that were all excellent.  Steve had an enormous burrito that was delicious as well. There were so many things that I want to go back and try--Pork Ribs in Green Salsa and Caldo de Res among many others. You've got to try it!

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