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Terms Relating to Mexican Food
The following are some terms relating to Mexican food:
Adobo: Adobo is a sauce or a paste. It typically includes chili peppers, onions, garlic, tomatoes, and spices. Adobo is often used to season meat and seafood.
Carne asada: Carne asada is, simply put, broiled meat. In Mexican restaurants, this is usually beef, such as a flank steak or a skirt steak.
Carnitas: Carnitas is pork that is cooked in fruit juice. It is most often used as a filling for burritos and tacos.
Ceviche: A ceviche is a dish comprised of raw fish or other seafood. The seafood is marinated in lime juice and is tossed with onions, chili peppers, tomatoes, and spices. It is a tangy and slightly spicy appetizer.
Empanadas: Empanadas are pastries that are filled with meat or fruit. They are especially popular in Mexican restaurants as desserts.
Enchiladas: Enchiladas are popular menu items in Mexican restaurants. They are corn tortillas that are lightly fried and are dunked in a red sauce. The tortilla is then filled with meat and cheese.
Flautas: Flautas are deep fried tortillas – flour or corn – that are stuffed with meat.
Tamales: Possibly one of the most recognized dishes in authentic Mexican cuisine, the tamale is a simple meal. Vegetables, meat, or fruit are stuffed inside corn tortilla dough. This is steamed inside of a corn husk.
Tostada: A tostada begins with a fried corn tortilla. The tortilla is topped with different ingredients, like lettuce, tomato, beans, meat, and salsa.
Pico de Gallo: Pico de Gallo is made by mixing diced tomatoes, onions, peppers, and cilantro. Many different dishes can be topped with Pico de Gallo. This Mexican food item is sometimes used in American dishes, too.
We are the preferred restaurant for quality and authentic Mexican food in the local Portland area. Providing great prices on authentic tacos, quesadillas, burritos, and other Mexican food specialties.
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"Waitress was asked if a dish was spicy, she said 'no'. The dish arrived too spicy for a member of our party and we asked to take back. Waitress claimed that 'normally' the dish was not spicy, but the cook was asked to cook spicier food for the night, (a party was going on). Replacement dish was fine, however we ended up being charged for BOTH dishes. Too bad. Nice atmosphere, nice servers, mi ..."
If you are craving Mexican food, a local Mexican restaurant is the best place to find fresh, authentic cuisine. Before dining at a Mexican restaurant, there are a few questions you should consider asking.
What ingredients are used to cook the food?
At many authentic Mexican restaurants the names of the dishes are on the menu in Spanish. If you are unfamiliar with a dish it is a good idea to ask about the recipe, so you can decide if it is something you might like. It is also important to ask about the recipes if you have any food based allergies. Additionally, some Mexican cuisine is cooked using peppers and chilies that are very hot, so if you do not like food with a lot of spice, it is a good idea to ask if a dish is hot before you order.
Do you have any low-fat or low-calorie menu options?
If you are dieting, it is a good idea to ask about reduced fat and calorie meals. Although some Mexican food is fried, many restaurants have healthier grilled or baked entrees. For instance, grilled chicken tacos with low-fat sour cream and cheese would be a much lighter meal than a deep fried steak burrito with full-fat toppings. Many salsas and seasonings used in Mexican cooking are low in calories, allowing for flavorful yet healthy food.
What sides are available with a meal?
The most common side dishes served at Mexican restaurants are rice and re-fried pinto beans. However, you may be able to substitute items like black beans, salad, vegetables, or chips and salsa.