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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

La Carreta in Penasco

Off the Beaten Path in Puerto Peñasco

Gems Beyond the Tourist District
by Gretchen Ellinger

Have you tried La Carreta on Boulevard Josefa Ortíz de Dominguéz? What a great taquería! Voted 2008’s Best Cheap Eats by Mexico Living readers, Lorenzo Pérez Pérez, “Lencho” to his friends, serves up the very best tacos al pastor!

Lean pork steaks are stacked alternately with slices of fresh pineapple and seasoning, then roasted to perfection on a brazier, thinly sliced, and served in a small mountain on warm tortillas. Alongside are served sliced cucumbers, radishes, salsa bandera, that wonderful red, white and green combination of tomatoes, onions, and jalapeños, plus salsa aguacate, the green avocado and lime sauce, and a special roasted chili salsa as well. What a great meal with outstanding flavor! Also available are grilled beef, beans, roasted onions, quesadillas . . . there is something for everyone in the family! Drinks include sodas and homemade horchata, that delicious Mexican drink made from rice.

Cost? Five of us left La Carreta way too full for $30, including drinks and tips! Located on Blvd. Josefa Ortíz de Dominguéz across from the southernmost Pemex gas station, La Carreta is open from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m. daily except Monday. From Blvd. Benito Juárez (the main artery through town), turn east onto Blvd. Fremont (at city hall) and proceed toward Las Conchas. Go to the second stop sign and turn north (left). Cross the railroad tracks, and as soon as you have passed the Pemex gas station with the Circle K on your right, make a U-turn, and go back to La Carreta. Call (638) 105-5000 for take-out or special event planning; Lencho will bring his portable carreta to your party! ¡Buen provech!

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