This place is a simple, but loveable, Mexican taqueria. Just North of Washington Square Mall, at 10th and Mitthoeffer. (NE corner.)This was my first time here. This place has been in business at least two and a half years that I've been aware of. I noticed it while filling up at the next-door Speedway gas station, at least that long ago.I like these hole-in-the-wall humble authentic places that cater to a Mexican clientele. Opening hours (11 am) are posted on the door, but not the closing hours. I asked when they closed and was told "when there are customers, later, and when there aren't customers, earlier."Menu is very limited, with tacos, tortas (sandwiches), and burritos. The tacos are not tex-mex american (or Taco Bell) style, but just some meat in a tortilla. The burrito was the "put the toppings and the sides all inside" style.I was disappointed they didn't have a chicken option for burritos, but they had 8 other options, including tongue, and brains (cesos). I'd avoid eating cow brains, even well-cooked, as that is where the BSE (mad cow disease) resides, in the brain and spinal cord. And temperature doesn't destroy the things that cause BSE, "prions."Weekend menu has more items, but the only one I remember is birria (lamb). Good birria is good, and most of the birria that I've tried in town is good. So if you're at a birria-on-the-weekends place, try it some weekend.You're probably going to think I'm a little generous in my rating. But something about this place really appealed to me. The clientele included families with little kids. The spirit of the place and staff was just right for me. The cook and waitress were confident, friendly, put-you-at-ease types. So I'm giving them my "Linus' Sincere Pumpkin Patch Award".The men's room was out of "papel higienico" but was clean.If you like clean, cozy, friendly, little hole-in-the-walls that serve simple authentic Mexican food, you ought to like it.And they must be doing something right to stay in business this long.
I can't believe I'm the first to rate this place.This isn't just Asian/Oriental. They also have lots of Hispanic foods, and I always see African immigrants shopping there too. (The current owners are Filipino.)They have a HUGE selection of rice. At least 20 different varieties or brands, in sizes from 5 pounds to 20 pounds. Short grain, long grain, basmati, Thai/Jasmine, brown, and sweet.They have a HUGE selection of asian noodles, regular wheat, plus ramen, somen, soba, rice, bean, and tapioca. They have a HUGE selection of pre-packaged pre-flavored ramen in bowls. They have a HUGE selection of beans.They have a HUGE selection of hispanic spices, a whole rack of probably 3 dozen kinds and styles of chili pepper. They have a HUGE selection of canned goods of hispanic and asian origen. They have a HUGE selection of candies of asian origen.This is another MUST SEE on the West side. They are on the point where Tibbs intersects Lafayette Road. They are on the EAST side of Tibbs, and the WEST (or South-West) side of Lafayette.
04/28/2009Brothers Oriental Grocery
This is a well-stocked Asian grocery. Owned by Koreans, and most of the Asian customers are Korean. They have a dry food, canned food, fresh produce, refrigerated and frozen food. Also a small section with rice steamers and cooking/eating utensils and dishes. I go here regularly for brown rice, various somen and soba noodles, ITO-WAKAME (string seaweed), and huge pre-packaged bowls of noodles (with included spice and dehydrated veggies/meat). Another favorite are all the exotic snacks (exotic/weird to us westerners, that is) that I like to take to social gatherings and pot-lucksYou can get bags of various rice from 5 pounds up to 25 or 50 pounds, and ramen by the case.If you're a regular shopper, ask for their VIP bonus card and get 5% credit back on your purchases. The guy who runs it is very nice.
09/22/2012El Azabache Mexican Restaurant
Visited this restaurant on Friday afternoon. The service was alright, got seated right away, chips and salsa was brought within a couple of minutes and the waitress took our order soon after. The food was a different story, while it was not bad, it wasn't anything to be excited about either. The food was lacking any type of flavor, it was plain and simple. Prices were about the same as most Mexican Restaurants but flavor wise, it left a lot to be desired. On my visit, I saw a lot customers(couples) eating there. Unfortunately, I won't visit this restaurant again. I have visited many Mexican restaurants and the lack of flavor of the food on this one is a deal breaker for me.
Originally from Northern Indiana, I normally prefer Walmart over Meijer, but the Meijer here was definitely better. I was able to get in and out with exactly what I needed in a short period of time. There was a sales person easily accessible and available when I had a question and they kept self-checkout lanes open, so I didn't have to stand in line for 15-20 minutes, to buy 3 things. The U-scan assistant even smiled, thanked me for my business and wished me a good night. For a single moment, everything was right in my world.