Real. Mexican. Food.December 23, 2009
Happy holidays from the Mouse House Kitchen! Our culinary workshop has temporarily shut down its Northeastern location in favor of warmer climes, specifically California. And today I was reminded of how absolutely pure and wonderful real, authentic Mexican food can be.
I am happy to give a huge thank you and heaps of praise to Taqueria Los Cunados, located in the McCarthy Ranch shopping area of Milpitas, CA, just north of San Jose. It had been a couple of years since I last ate there, and while the menu seems to have grown, the fresh, delicious food has gone unchanged. You know you are in an authentic taqueria when you see the following two items on the menu: horchata (a sweet rice milk drink) and menudo (a stew made from beef stomach). You also know you’re in the right place (unless you’re an easily offended vegetarian) when the meat offerings include tripe and beef tongue. Los Cunados’ menu does include these items, and you can also choose from carne asada, chicken, al pastor (marinated pork), chorizo, fish and shrimp to stuff your quesadilla, tacos, or burritos. They round out the menu with seafood dishes, soups and salads, but what they do best is the burrito.
A freshly made and steamed flour tortilla, perfectly cooked rice, a flavorful salsa and the meat of your choice all wrapped up into a giant gift of deliciousness – it’s so simple, and yet so many places do it so wrong. It’s about 8 or 9 inches of heaven, and I realize that sounds dirty, but it’s the truth. I don’t know that I’ve had a better burrito in the last 15 years, and I don’t see how anyone could make it better. Plus their salsa bar is nothing to sneeze at (and if you did, they have a sneeze guard). They feature 5 salsas ranging from mild to hot, each one unique and flavorful. But they also offer chipotle sour cream, marinated onions and jalapenos (fantastic!), jardinera (spicy marinated vegetables), and fresh marinated radishes to compliment the meal, as well as free chips to dunk in the salsas. You can get a giant burrito, all those extras plus a drink for at or under $10, which is far below the real value of the food.
And even if you’re feeling a bit trendy, you can even get a whole wheat, spinach or tomato tortilla, showing that Los Cunados has not fallen out of touch with the times, but they haven’t compromised any of their authenticity or taste. Viva Los Cunados! The Mouse House Kitchen gives Los Cunados 5 out of 5 stars!