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Bites Nearby: Taqueria El Mezcal

Menudo is the weekend special—but get there early, it runs out quick!

So you've got a terrible headache Saturday morning. You may have some crazy home remedy to chase away the pain—a cocktail of two Aleve and pulpy orange juice or maybe a dozen sizzling hot links coated in ketchup—but this taqueria has the penultimate solution: menudo.

Menudo is a traditional Mexican soup and, according to Taqueria El Mezcal's owner Jesus Sepulveda, a staple of every self-respecting Mexican restaurant. 

is located across from San Lorenzo High School and is a definite student favorite. 

By the time I got to the taqueria early Sunday afternoon, the menudo was all out. Don't make my mistake.

If you want your weekend dose, make sure to get to Taqueria El Mezcal between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., Sepulveda said. It's a hot commodity on the weekend, and the menudo always runs out fast.

Even if you miss the hearty soup, or aren't too tempted by its main ingredient (we'll let you look that one up), don't skip out on Taqueria El Mezcal.

They set up a grill on the weekends and make fresh tortillas right outside. You can watch as a kindly woman runs the dough through a press that cuts it into circles before she fries them up.

And any dish you choose off the menu, coupled with a Styrofoam cup of horchata (a rice-based drink) and a stack of fresh tortillas, will brighten your weekend.

Deals of the Week:

On Taco Tuesday, get two tacos for the price of one ($1.73 for a regular taco)

On Saturday and Sunday (between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.), get menudo ($6.25 for chico/$7.25 for grande)

Owner's Favorite Dish: Steak and Shrimp Plate

My Favorite Dish: Super Nachos with Chicken ($5.80) 

Leah Hall February 25, 2011 at 04:23 AM
Oh David and O, Why oh why did not per chance we meet at the awesome Patch party at the Englander this evening? Maybe you were there and I missed you (as I was escorted out by my daughter, who after an hour's worth of patience, whose good will was apparently worn out?) I hope this finds you both well this fine, rainy evening. All of us so inclined will have to get together for a DIY New Mexico feast one day very soon, no?
David February 25, 2011 at 04:40 AM
Sorry, Leah, I was dealing with business. And as my #1 president said many years ago, "the chief business of the American people is business"
Leah Hall February 25, 2011 at 04:46 AM
I've noticed the pattern, my friend. :)
24/7 Modern Mom February 25, 2011 at 06:06 AM
Leah, did you really have that beer for me? I could have used it! Lol Hope everyone had fun! So sad I couldn't make it :-( And thanks for the laughs all - totally got me cheered up to after a not-so-easy day. We've gone from bites nearby to touring all oceans - love that I contributed to the motivation to travel beyone - hee hee. And did someone say something about opinions not so authoritive? Yep - pretty good :-)
Leah Hall February 25, 2011 at 06:18 AM
Smarty Pants, Yo! Yes, yes, yes (Drakes Amber) !!! I am looking forward to our coffee together, just you and I. This blogging thing definitely gets undo (maybe due?) attention. God bless! Will you friend me on FB? :)

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