Day 24: Tacos Y Quesadillas Mexico por Burrito Y Quesadilla.
I’d had a pretty bad first taco-nomming experience, so I was hesitant in going for round two, but a family of five had just left the Tacos Y Quesadillas stand on 69th and Broadway and from what I could see, they were all smiles. I asked Gerardo for a quesadilla with chicken tinga and steak, and a burrito with carnitas for the road. The quesadilla was not what I’d expected. I’m used to soft flour tortillas grilled to a buttery crisp, but the shell here was crunchy like a cracker, and almost too hard to bite at first, but with practice, became easier to eat. The filling was delicious, stringy cheese with tender slices of beef and chicken and sun-dried tomatoes. The flavors were bold – oniony, citrusy and a bit spicier (with the green hot sauce) than I’d expected. But as you know, I have an affinity for all things ultra-spicy, so this hit just the spot. Towards the end, I found a few unpleasant pieces of chewy beef, so I chucked them. Otherwise, it was delicious, and the lingering burn on my lips made me happy.
The quesadilla was good, but the take-home burrito was awesome. Rolled in a soft flour tortilla, soft mexican rice was sandwiched between layers of tender, fatty pork, cheese, guac, and a medley of cilantro, onions, lettuce, and tomato. I found pieces of crisped pork edges that added to the wonderful textural party in my mouth. I doused the green hot sauce with every bite I took, until I’d emptied the container before I finished half of my burrito. I found another bucket of red in the bag, so I began piling it on high, and the flavor was less spicier, but sweeter, and more pungent. After a few more bites, I couldn’t decide which I’d liked more, green or red. Either way, the burrito con carnitas was a winner in my book, and although I normally have these with mountains of sour cream, I wasn’t missing it here.