Monday, September 5, 2011

Taqueria Adventures in Hampton Roads

GOOD Mexican food is pretty dang hard to come across out here. My love and I are from out West and we have been spoiled with many years of awesome and authentic Mexican restaurants. Unfortunately we've become quite the Mexican food snobs, we often venture to places just to be disappointed by their lack of x,y, or z. Most of the places that we've frequented here use store bought tortillas, serve tomato sauce for salsa, have no idea what horchata is, and serve ranch dressing alongside their salsa. Honestly the spicy ranch has grown on me a little, but I still have no idea why it is served at a Mexican restaurant.

After hearing our cry for good Mexican food our friend Kelley recommended two local restaurants, El Rey and Jessy's Taqueria in Norfolk. We went to the original El Rey with some friends for lunch today and were quite pleased!

It is important to note that El Rey is a small taqueria with 2 tables and a few stools along the counter. Once you decide what you want, you order at the register and they make your food fresh while you wait. 

Beverages:  I was extremely disappointed they did not have horchata today so we settled for a bottled water and a Jarritos (Mexican soda).  
Horchata is a rice milk typically made with ground rice, vanilla, and cinnamon. It is one of my favorite drinks of all time! I really need to try making this at home, keep an eye out for it!

El Rey Burrito - Carne Asada, Beans, Rice, Cheese, Avocado, Lettuce, Pico de Gallo. 
Mixed Tacos - I got 3 tacos: Barbacoa, al pastor, and carne asada served with onions and cilantro and a side of rice and beans. I thought the tacos were awesome, my barbacoa was a little greasy but still delicious.
The tortillas are homemade and cooked with your meal. They serve both corn and flour.

We also ordered chips and salsa, the chips were pretty good but the salsa was just okay. I ended up ordering a side of pico de gallo for our chips. They did not have guacamole today either, but from what our friend Kelley said we weren't missing out on anything. Overall it was an awesome little taqueria and I'm glad we finally made it out there. It definitely beats any restaurant near us! 

The lady at the register told us to visit their other location El Rey 2 located on Little Creek Rd. next time. It is supposed to be larger and have more menu options...including horchata! 

We'll be visiting Jessy's Taqueria in a few weeks and I'll be sure to post a follow up!

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