Dallas has few diversions other than eating, drinking and shopping.....and shopping does not interest us.
So we spend our time hopping from restaurant to restaurant and to every pub that we can find in search of the perfect meal and the perfect beer.

We randomly review restaurants and bars, dishes and beers at whim and give our brutally honest opinions of our findings. And while we concentrate on Dallas, we travel far and wide to sample cuisine from all regions of the country and beyond.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Heart Attack of the Month - Huarache


I have been to many restaurants on the suggestion of friends who will rave about a dish or item that they tried that has them singing the praises of the restaurant.  I have found that in many cases, the dish tried by these friends was indeed worthy of a raised eyebrow, but that almost everything else on the menu is absolute crap.  Conversely, most of these dishes are artery and colon blockers that are sure to cause you gastrointestinal distress in the very near future.  So I have decided to reveal a few of these offerings to the god of flatulence so that you may decide if you would like to risk the wrath of your doctor when he sees how high your cholesterol count has gotten.

A Huarache (pronounced hwa-rah-cha) is the ubiquitous leather sandal that you see literally everywhere, worn by almost everyone, in Mexico.  It is also a common street food in Mexico City and shaped roughly like the sandal for which it is named.  Imagine if you will a half inch thick, shoe shaped, mass of masa (the corn based dough used to make tamales, tortillas, etc.) fried so that it has a crispy crust and a firm, spongy interior.  Add a smear of refried beans so that whatever you add next won't fall to the wayside (some versions will have red or green sauce).  My next chosen layer was Tinga Chicken (chicken slow cooked with tomatoes, onions, garlic and chipotle pepper) but you may have pork, beef, tongue or whatever floats your boat.  Next comes the greens; lettuce, cilantro, salsa, etc. then the queso blanco.  Add cream and avocados and there you have a coronary on a plate.  Expect the heartburn and your satisfaction to last late into the night. 

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