Ok – so I haven’t had much to say lately, mainly because I’ve been working a ton and haven’t had much time to hit a lot of new places. Worse than that, the ones I’ve tried have been definitely on the disappointing side, especially since a couple have actually been close to being good. In both cases, I had a very promising first experience but on the second trip was seriously let down.
Because I hate to trash some obscure little restaurant which, for all I know, I just caught on a bad day, I’m not going to name names, but the first one was a Mexican place on Railroad Avenue in Pittsburg (and that doesn’t narrow it down really at all).
Anyway, my first time in I had a gordita, which was good, and my son had a pastor sandwich which was excellent and made me wish I had gotten that instead.
Everything about this sandwich was great – bread, meat, just right. (The price was reasonable at $5.99 but no steal.)
So, when I was back in Pittsburg last week I thought I’d give it another shot. Now, I really love pupusas and so I decided to go for the pupusa, rice and beans plate which, at $3.95 seemed like it would make a fine lunch.
So, to be fair, the pupusa and the ensalada were decent enough – nothing special but one might reasonably ask what one wants from a $3.95 lunch these days? Well, the problem was that the rice and beans weren’t hot – they were barely even warm. (As you can see in the picture, the cheese wasn’t melting even a bit.)
Cross it off the list.
My next disappointment was at a cavernous but promising-looking Salvadoran place which opened not too long ago in Concord. Here, on my first visit, I thoroughly enjoyed a couple of pupusas (revueltas) which were really an excellent lunch at $2.25 each.
So far so good. I stopped back by there earlier this week, looking forward to enjoying some Salvadoran tamales but instead faced the crushing disappointment of 2 mushy, over-steamed, disintegrating, poor-excuses for same.
To top it off, I encountered a large chunk of chicken bone halfway through the second one.
Cross that place off the list as well.
(Actually, I might go back again, but just for the pupas.)
PS If you don’t know what a pupusa is – and I can’t imagine that being the case with you – go here.