Thursday, May 10, 2007

Random Thoughts on Mexican Food

We eat a lot of Mexican food. Purists would correct me, preferring to say that I eat a lot of Tex-Mex. Okay, whatever. Over the near half-century I've chomped on chili peppers, I've formed some pretty strong opinions. Papasito's, for instance, is highly overrated. I miss Don Carlos hard. I've spent thousands of dollars at El Chico. I completely support the ownership and management of Cantina Laredo and wish them well. I will eat there many times still. Trejo's is fine. Margarita Cafe is a nice change of pace and it has its devotees. Superior Bar and Grill has a flavor and purpose of its own, and it's strong.
When it comes right down to it, for me, if I had to choose one place to have a Mexican meal, there is a clear winner:

Nicky's by a mile. Nicky's has been so important to me for so long that I can't even put it into words. Twenty years ago, May 1987, I got married. The wedding was at 2:00 in the afternoon. I had lunch that day with all the groomsmen and ushers. At Nicky's.(You kids, don't be afraid of the '80's eyewear)
I ate there tonight, twenty years later, with my beautiful bride. In the middle of the meal, I just said, "I love Nicky's." I do. There it is. It just needed to be said.

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Anonymous said...

who are the 2 guys in the glasses? they look familiar? Is that JJ Marshall?

Darrell said...

Yes, it is.