Wednesday, May 6, 2009

GUEST FOOD REVIEW FROM THE WEEKLY MAILER ISSUE (05/05/09)

Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo, the 5th of May, is a day that Mexico, as well as many in America, celebrate the enjoyment of traditions within the Mexican heritage. One of the primary forms of celebration is to eat tasty Mexican food and enjoy it with friends and family. While visually, the festivities of Cinco De Mayo may appear colorful and flamboyant, Mexican food itself can range from the complex to the simplistic. Ingredients used within Mexican cuisine can be a wide variety of meats and fish usually tied in with several forms of corn, herbs, chilies, tomato, lime and avocado. Recipes were often developed by region and the availability of ingredients. Creativity plays a role, as many traditional recipes were beautifully developed out of necessity and have been handed down from one generation to the next. Heirloom recipes seems to be a common thread that ties Mexican cuisine together. Ranging from complex entrees to the simplistic taco, from flamboyant décor to the outdoor seating at a taco truck, the Mini-Cassia area shares a wide variety of available Mexican cuisine that lends tasty insights into the traditions of the past.

Places to Visit:

The Acapulco
714 Oneida Street, Rupert
To Go Orders: 436-5969
Hours: Mon. thru Sun., 10: 30 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.


The Acapulco is a perfect example of keeping it simple. Although the exterior and interior decor embodies the concept of “no frills”, this family owned business works very hard on the focus of food. The menu can be found written on an eraser board hanging on the wall and features Tacos, Empanadas, Tortas, Burritos, Seafood, and Dinner Entrees as well. There are several choices of meat such as Carne Azada (Steak), Spicy Chicken, Spicy Pork, Tilapia and for the adventurous, Beef Tongue. I skipped the tongue (although I hear it‘s good), but instead chose the Empanada with Carne Azada. Priced at $3.50, the size was large and the toppings plentiful. The outer shell of the Empanada was a large corn tortilla fried light and crispy, filled with Carne Asada, Mexican Cheese, Cilantro, Onion and topped with Sour Cream, Lettuce, Tomato and lots of fresh Avocado, served with both red and green Salsa on the side. The Burritos are a customer favorite and come in two sizes. The medium is priced at $5.25, while a large goes for $7.50. Filled with Rice, Beans, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion and Sour Cream, your choice of meat, and smothered with American Cheese and Salsa. They do have a drive through, although if you are eating there, chips and salsa come with your orders.

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