Vital Information wrote:
OK, there was a time when La Quebrada was different. There was the nearly illegible menu, with the intricate lines. There was the squid con chile arbol that my wife still wants to order, some multi-meat platters were added, a few other things have changed. So, this is not Gene n'Judes, but it's close.
Lunch today was about as same ol'-same ol' as usual. A great start with the warm salsa molcajet (one of the best house sauces in Chicago); fresh made tortillas (none better that I know) wrapped around bits of cecina with guacamole, and barbacoa de chivo stuffed into another fresh masa product, a gordita. Likewise, the orchata is a standard bearer.
I can see why, in its way, it does not seem exciting or even adventurous anymore. The bit of frisson of being across the street of a strip joint is long gone too. It remains a great neighborhood restaurant in the truest sense. It's been a stalwart in my family's eating out repetoire.
My family and I had dinner here tonight, and although I did not have either the barbacoa or the cecina, what I wrote above mostly applies.
It's funny, because I do see the points of the arguments made in prior years about this renewal, especially MikeG's remark about this place being hep ca. 2002. On the basis of what's talked about, it's not a very talked about place.
On the other hand, what's interesting to me, as a still very frequent customer, is the always evolving nature of La Q. Now, it's a special menu of $8.95 combo plates and slight oddities--pasta! For its denizens, it hardly rests on its laurels.
Whatever the GNR-ness of the place, it remains high quality neighborhood food. It features certain dishes of the state of Guerrero, but it is not as highly regional as say Xni-Pic. There is also, no evidence of a chef or a strong individual hand. The moves get made behind the scenes, as if by a corporate chef. It is not like Taqueria Puebla with that family presence. Without that, it produces food in the classic Jim Leff scale of deliciousness. The hot, as in caliente not picante (although it is picante too) salsa is delicious. The hand made tortillas are delicious. The melted cheese is always delicious. Cheap cuts of meat are delicious.
I'm resigned to whatever fate La Quebrada may have on this Forum, but I know that it will remain pretty much as I have always described it, and it will remain a stalwart of our dining habits.
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