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Our Favorite Place for Lunch in Mascota
email this pageprint this pageemail usKathleen Dobek - PVNN
June 10, 2010

Open seven days a week, Tacos de Ollita is on the main road into the center of Mascota on Calle Hidalgo #45.
On our quest for great lunches, we found ourselves in Mascota recently, and turned up a winner in the lunch department. Tacos de Ollita serves traditional Mexican dishes that are worth the drive. We had considered eating there before on previous trips to Mascota, but were not sure about the fact that the restaurant doubles as an appliance store. Despite their dual nature, this restaurant is highly recommended. In fact, it may be our new favorite place for lunch when in the area.

Agua de Zarzamora, an ice-cold fruit water made with locally picked blackberries, refreshed us as we listened to the waiter's menu recital. We selected carne asada (grilled flank steak) and lengua (tongue). As the name of the restaurant implies, both were served with freshly made corn tortillas and salsa verde so that we could assemble our own tacos. The plate included very tender perujuano beans and a small salad, which we were assured had been cleaned in an antibacterial solution. Our tummies later testified that this was true.

Both meats were very tender. Properly cooked lengua is always tender, but the same can not always be said for carne asada. Tacos de Ollita knows not only how to grill meat, but how to select it, as the flank steak was unusually tender.

After lunch, Mascota has much to offer the visitor. Two museums, a lovely plaza, and picturesque ruins of a temple provide afternoon sightseeing activities. Las Corrinches, a lake formed by a dam to provide irrigation for local farmers, is a short drive out of town.

Tacos de Ollita is on the main road into the center of Mascota on Calle Hidalgo #45. If you call ahead, Rosy the cook will prepare special orders, such as Chiles en Nogada and Chiles Rellenos. Open seven days a week. Phone 01-388-386-0695.

Visit my blog, Cooking in Mexico, for more photos and details of this visit.
Kathleen Dobek explores the culinary traditions of Mexico from her home in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Nayarit. Through regular columns on BanderasNews and via her Cooking in Mexico blog, Kathleen shares her experiences in Mexico and introduces the great variety of New World ingredients and contemporary dishes of this country to the foreigners who visit and live here.

Click HERE to read more articles by Kathleen Dobek.

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