Tacos El Charro
Upscale Uninspired Enchiladas
I just noticed a lot of the recently reported meals haven't been burritos. I'll get back to them soon.
Anyway, a lot has changed, and my level of enchilada expectation has only grown. Incidentally, so have the prices at Tacos El Charro. Am I spoiled? Perhaps. California makes some damn fine enchiladas. Sadly, I’m the one who suffers for it, because this meal back in Boston's Jamacia Plain didn't measure up.
I got one chicken and one pork. You'd think I'd learned my lesson by now: in side by side comparisons I always prefer the pork. There wasn't anything particularly wrong with this enchilada plate, just uninspiring.
Yeah, I guess it's time to get back to burritos.
Plate weight: 24.4 oz | Price: $9.95 | FDR: 2.45
Surprise: Ham Hock Soup
Well, let me revise that a bit here.
John tried the pork stew, which is made with pig's feet. He'd had pigs feet before, but remarked, "It just wasn't what I was expecting," with tones of deep disappointment. Yeah, well I had a bite and that was more than enough for me.
I suppose pigs feet are an acquired taste, and that caught me by surprise. Bad surprise. Like, surprise attack, you just got kicked in the mouth by a pig's foot. Along with sesos, this goes in the category of foods that are too authentic for me to handle. Can't hide the gringo all the time.
No Longer Under $5
Tacos El Charro used to hold the honor of selling Boston's biggest burrito under $5. This title was awarded prior to Burrito Blog's days in the scientific era - the arrival of the digital scale for weighing burritos.
It no longer matters. Tacos El Charro has raised their prices. Burritos are now $5.95, placing them out of the 'under 5' division. A new champion will be named shortly.
Huevos Rancheros To Go
Vodka with breakfast aside, I wish more places served eggs with tortillas and rice. That's so much more my style.
An Episode Of Huevos Rancheros Envy
The photo does this meal no justice. Once he started eating, I was overcome with food envy. Breakfast time or not, I'll be back soon to have a plate of my own.
The Goat Stew Taco
This time, nothing would stop me.
I had to take a bunch of pictures 'cause goat meat is not exactly photogenic. Rich said, "It looks like something I raked in from the yard."
Perhaps. It gets bonus points for being exotic.
Boston's Biggest Burrito Under $5
There aren't many places we haven't been to, and so far Tacos El Charro definitely has the biggest burritos we've seen for less than $5.
Remember the Chile Colorado Monster? That was no fluke.
Look at how happy Rich is holding that brick. Nothing but smiles.
If anyone has spotted a bigger burrito in Boston for under $5, please let me know.
Caldo De Mariscos
The crab probably wasn't from Maryland, nor the mussels from PEI, but at $11, you get way more than what you pay for.
Tacos El Charro To Close
Thanks to Rich for the tip.
Jose ''Pepe" Gutierrez, 58, and his wife, Aida Navarro, 53, are hanging up their aprons, which has locals loading up on the enchiladas and preparing for serious culinary withdrawal.Gentrification is certainly a factor, but the couple that runs Tacos El Charro says they're simply tired.
The building, which they bought for $150,000 at the end of 1992, is listed for $599,000. The restaurant will stay open for at least a few months after an offer is accepted.I expect to eat there a bunch more before the doors are closed for good.
I've got to try the goat stew.
The Chile Colorado Monster
I can't put my finger on the cause, but I didn't feel so hot after this one. It might have been the pizza. It might have been the burrito. It might have been the combination or the quantity.
Learn from my mistakes.