When I wrote Taquerias: Highland Park and Highwood [Project LTH]
, I did not include La Casa del Gordo, because it is now a full service restaurant. Earlier when it was situated on the Highwood-Highland Park border
, where Pancho Viti’s
is located, La Casa del Gordo was definitely a taqueria. The move closer to central Highland Park, La Casa del Gordo shed its humble taqueria past, acquired Chef Fructoso Sandoval and got more ambitious.
La Casa del Gordo now offers a lunch buffet for just under $10 with a menu they advise changes daily. I went last week to give it a whirl. Walking in the door, there was a greeter who walked with us to the buffet explaining the day's offerings:
In a made on the premises taco shell was salad with chilled grilled salmon with a choice of two dressings a balsamic and a ranch; each with a mild chili twist to them:
On this occasion, I split the salad with a friend because we both wanted to try other offerings. However, I could easily see this salad as my lunch.
I went to the steam table, where I got a tamale, chili relleno filled with cheese though beef was also available and chicken mole:
Toward the end, I sampled the chicken soup which was a touch piquant with chopped onions and cilantro available to mix in:
While there was fresh fruit available for dessert, we opted to go a la carte sharing their signature flan flavored with a leaf whose English name nobody knew and I didn't recognize the flavor:
While my friend didn't find it as creamy as her own recipe, I found it pleasant. The fruits on the plate were macerated blueberries, which would be great with some ice cream.
Their buffet also had enchilladas, sandwiches and several other dishes. Oddly there were no tortilla's or beans present, which might be available upon request.
The interior is lively and hardly needs decorating for Day of the Dead:
While this is an occasional lunch option for me. It will also enter our rotation of places to take visiting clients.
"You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie DupreeFacebook
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