funny shape in the house..
When I first visited the bizarre concrete structure attached to the Econo Lodge just east of I.H. 35 on Hwy 290, it housed a Jalisco Style place called Taqueria El Rancho Grande. It was solid, and I still visit the T.E.R.G. at 911 W. Anderson Lane from time to time.
Quite a few years ago, the Rancho Grande moved out to make way for Taqueria Los Jalisciences. The name being somewhat of a tongue twister, my friends and I all just refer to it as "Funny Shape Taqueria". Word on the street is that it was a Chinese restaurant when it was first built, thus the lotus flower shape. Hmm.
Anyhow, Funny Shape is one of my favorite Jalisco Style (J.S.) places in town, and I've eaten there around 100 times. You can safely file this review in the 'Old Favorites' category.
While the vast majority J.S. places in town share very similar menus (the menu at Taqueria Arandas is a handy blueprint), some of them add to the basic offerings, with varying degrees of success.
Funny Shape Taqueria is far and away the most successful at knocking the J.S. basics out of the park, while offering a large number of really high quality alternatives.
In addition to all the J.S. basics (tacos, burritos, tortas, tostadas, platos combinados, etc.) Funny Shape offers:
* A very large selection of mariscos (mexican seafood), which I have not tried. Judging from the plates I see going out to tables, however, they seem very, very popular.
* The most amazing chicken tortilla soup (sopa de tortilla) in town. It's VERY different than what you get at most tex-mex places and is vastly superior, IMHO.
* Gorditas and pupusas, which are fantastic.
* A delightful creamy green salsa that comes in addition to the verde and roja salsas you'd find at all the other J.S. places. It's somewhat similar to the green jalapeno based salsas I've seen at three of the four taco trucks in our truck shootout. I'm pretty sure it's a jalapeno, mayo blend. In any case, it rocks.
The day Jarod and I visited to snap pics for our review, we stuck with the basics. I had a torta cubana de Milanesa. It was, as usual, kick ass. For those of you not familiar, Milanesa is a thin beef cutlet that is breaded and fried, kind of similar to Wienerschnitzel. On the 'cubana' style sandwich with ham, melted white cheese, lettuce and tomato, it is absolutely delicious.
Jarod had a taco al pastor and a tostada de fajita. I can say with certainty that both of those items are consistently great at Funny Shape.
So, if you are hungry and are near the corner of I.H. 35 and 290, I can heartily recommend the Funny Shape Taqueria. It's been good to me over the years.
Funny Shape Taqueria (Taqueria Los Jaliscienses) - 4.5 stars Corbiter Deluxe.
Monday, June 18
funny shape in the house..