It is not logical
to be sitting at the window of Taco Riendo at 5th and
Thompson and think one is back on Isla Mujeres. That
happened to me today.
The music, the
Spanish being spoken in the background, the blend of
Latino and American customers, the colors and
decorations on the wall, the breeze coming through the
window and the pork and ham torta I am biting into.
In the distance, the weathered spire of a steeple with its bells welcoming the hour.
Cookbook author Jim
Tarentino introduced me Taco Riendo's tortas. I was
serving a ten day sentence at a rehab center for first
degree clumsiness and he stopped by with a bagfull of
tortas. Gracias, senor.
Free again, I
headed back to Taco Riendo. First tried an
order of sopes con chorizo. Grilled masa rounds, thicker
than a tortilla, topped with refried beans, chorizo,
salsa verde and fresh cheese.
I returned for a
torta, a Mexican sandwich. I went for the ham, pork and
cheese torta. Avocado, tomato, jalapenos and onion are
also piled on.
There is indoor
seating and outdoor seating both along the side of the
building and in a courtyard in the back.