Sunday, September 9, 2012
Top O’ the morning to ya, amigo!
I really don’t think Iowans have any idea what they are missing out on. I get rave reviews from restaurants all over town but have been generally disappointed with practically every restaurant I have tried in this food genre.
Think about it: Iowa (or at least Iowa City) is a place where some of the prominent Mexican restaurants are Taco Johns and Carlos O’Kelly’s.
Don’t get me wrong, I like potato ole’s as much as the next guy, but there just aren’t very many Mexicans in Iowa and this is certainly reflected in the food. So when you have to rely on a guy named John (wouldn’t you have more confidence at Taco Juans?) or an Irish man with a strangely ill fitting first name for your fajita fix, it’s not surprising it isn’t as authentic or delicious as one would hope. I think I would feel similarly about going to a Chinese restaurant called “Bob's Chinese Buffet” or Italian at “Ted’s Lasagna.” It just doesn’t instill a lot of confidence.
Luckily, I have found a few places in town I like and the Iowa City Mexican scene is slowly looking up. I recommend La Reyna and La Michoacana. I feel a little closer to home (and my Mexican roots) at these two places.
Then again, Iowa always has its Taco Pizza!