Archive | June, 2011

Miguel’s Catering and Carry Out

30 Jun

This week’s taco adventure took me to a really really small hole in the wall conveniently located 1 block away from my place in Mission, KS. It was a bit of a gamble, and luckily one that paid off.

Miguel’s Catering and Carry Out is at 5038 Lamar. It isn’t in the middle of a bustling strip mall, or surrounded by other restaurants. It isn’t surrounded by anything other than a tiny liquor store and a bunch of skuzzy apartment complexes (mine included). Blink and you will miss it. It hasn’t been open long, and given the location and lack of proper advertising, I’m not sure it will stay open long.

Annie and I made the 5 minute walk to Miguel’s after remembering the homemade sign advertising their  $1 Taco Tuesday special. The place is simple and appears to be family run. There are a few chairs inside that seem to be used primarily for waiting. Orders are placed at the bar, where a nice lady asks you what kind of meat you want. Our options were ground beef with potatoes, barbacoa, al pastor, asada, chicken in green sauce, chicken in red sauce, carnitas and pork in green sauce. The tacos are served on one corn tortilla with cilantro, onions and a your choice of salsa. I ordered one al pastor, one asada and one chicken in green sauce ( I was errantly given chicken in green sauce; I really wanted pork in green sauce. Perhaps I mumble too much.)  Annie ordered one carne asada, one chicken in red sauce and one pork in green sauce.

There isn’t much by way of seating at Miguel’s, which is probably why it’s called Miguel’s catering and CARRY OUT.  Annie and I were able to find some nice stoop space outside on the curb in front of the restaurant. Since there is basically nothing else of value in the strip we weren’t worried about the parking spaces filling up or having a car plow in to our faces. Miguel himself offered to pull the chairs back out on to the sidewalk for us, but we were fine where we were. We briefly considered running into the liquor store for a couple of tall boys, but weren’t sure of the public drinking laws in Mission and decided against it.

Despite its unassuming exterior Miguel’s tacos are surprisingly delicious. I found the carne asada tacos especially flavorful. And anything swimming in green sauce is usually in ace in my book. Annie enjoyed her tacos as well. She especially liked the chicken in red sauce. The pork in green sauce was a little spicy, but still delicious. My biggest complaint was that one tortilla wasn’t enough, especially for the saucy tacos. The shells just sorta fell apart in your hands as you ate.

If you read this and are into trying to keep small family owned restaurants in business you should try Miguel’s Catering and Carry Out. The hours leave a little to be desired- they close at 7pm. They do, however, serve breakfast between the hours of 6:30 and 10am. The breakfast menu appears to fall a little more on the traditional breakfast side, which is a shame; breakfast tacos make life worth living.

Do yourself (and Miguel and his family) a favor and find this little place, if only for the ability to pick up cheap delicious tacos and a six-pack in the same trip.

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Taco related foods

16 Jun

The following tacos and taco related foods are unanimously delicious and therefore need no review:

Choco Tacos

Taco Bell Tacos

Quik Trip Taquitos

 

 

Rudy’s Tenampa

16 Jun

I’ve been to Rudy’s Tenampa before.  Several times.  I wasn’t even planning on reviewing this place, but my Aunt Jessica and Uncle Justin have a way of getting me to do things I don’t want to do…

Chances are high that you know exactly where Rudy’s Tenampa is located. Many of you have probably eaten there a few times. For those of you who live under a rock, or never leave Johnson County, Rudy’s is located on 43rd Street between Genesee and Wyoming.  For this post I had the pleasure of having a whole host of research assistants, many coming from the same gene pool as yours truly. This week’s research assistants include my Aunt Lola, Aunt Jessica, Uncle Justin, Cousin Gabriel, Cousin Luke and Cousins Alivia and Caleb.

Despite the fact that Rudy’s has been a long time family favorite, I’ve always been lukewarm towards their food. As I mentioned before I probably could have passed on reviewing Rudy’s but Jessica and Justin were in town from Brooklyn, New York and they specially requested to be research assistants. Not wanting to upset my readers, I happily obliged. Besides, I knew Justin wouldn’t shut up about their bean tacos until I tried them.

Following Jessica and Justin’s recommendation I ordered a bean taco as well as one fish and one fried ground beef taco.  Justin and Jessica have been vegetarians (or brainwashed, as my grandfather likes to call it) for several years, so Justin’s idea of good Mexican food is anything covered in cheese and salsa. With meat-less choices being limited on the menu, Justin found a hero in the bean taco. It is exactly what it sounds like- refried beans, cheese, and lettuce in a fried flour tortilla. Justin said the shell alone is what dreams are made of. 

My favorite of the other two tacos was the fish taco. It was served on a soft flour tortilla with pico and lettuce. The fish was light, but lacked a bit in the flavor department. The ground beef taco was mediocre at best- its best attribute being that it was fried. Much like the fish, it didn’t offer much flavor. I’m not sure it was seasoned at all. My cousin Luke also ordered a plate of fried ground beef tacos. Being a boy of few words, he didn’t have much to offer quote-wise. But, he cleaned his plate so I’ll take that as his stamp of approval.

The lack of flavor was remedied by dousing my tacos in salsa. Also, a few pitchers of margaritas. No Rodriquez family function is complete with out an alcohol induced cry fest about how much we love each other.  The margaritas were delicious and  just strong enough. The server won brownie points with us by informing us we still had two minutes to order another pitcher before the happy hour special was over.

So, while you probably have your own opinion on Rudy’s, mine is this: meh. As I’ve said before, I haven’t found much on the menu to do somersaults over; but I don’t refuse to eat there. My family likes to eat there, and I (usually) like my family. So I guess I like it by association. It’s really not so bad with the right mix of good company and margaritas.