I grew up in San Diego, CA, and spent much of my youth in Tijuana, MX. I also lived in Guadalajara, Jalisco, MX for many years. Moving to CT was a shock to my Mexican food senses and it wasn't until I found El Mexicano that I finally had a good Mexican meal. By far the best ceviche and carnitas in CT. And while it may not be the fanciest restaurant in CT, it's by far the most authentic.
I had been looking forward to having a good Mexican dinner, so I located El Mexicano and arrived at about 7.20 on a wednesday eveining.
The restaurant was very quiet, with only myself and one couple present.
The waitress brought me a menu, and a bowl of tortilla chips and a bowl of salsa. She pressured me into having a drink, so I grudgingly accepted a glass of water. I ordered sopa de menudo as a first course, and beefe tampequena as a main course.
Eventually my soup arrived, and to give credit where due, it was hot. The soup tasted of nothing, a very bad shock since every time I've had menudo before it has been a spicy and flavorful experience.
When the main course arrived, it was also completely devoid of any flavor. I ate enough of it to fill my stomach, paid my bill ($19) and left, vowing never to return. Quite frankly, this was the worst restaurant meal I have ever eaten.
I like Mexican food, and usually make jokes about the Taco Bell fast food chain not being anything like Mexican food, but on this occasion I would have been better off going to Taco Bell - the food would have been more Mexican influenced, and would have cost me less money!
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