It's the mole', If you're thinking authentic
"Welcome to La Pasadita. According to Trip Advisor we are the most authentic Mexican restaurant in Gainesville ," Oscar, the La Pasadita Manager, said with a smug smile. My eyes and my lunch companion's were fixed on the large basket of warm, toasted corns chips with a very good salsa on our table at this newly expanded Mexican lunch stop on NW 6th St just past NW 39th Avenue.
This was an inviting start to an excellent meal. A customer-friendly server named, Oscar, tasty toasted chips, and spicy salsa, all accompanied by a very good Double X dark beer is the perfect start for any lunch. Sometimes I am able to see the ingredients for a positive lunch experience right away. Customers were busy enjoying plates of fragrant, really yummy looking entrees. The La Pasadita staff were smiling and bustling about to make sure customers were happy. Farmer Bubba would be happy with the authentic corn chips, the bright Mexican art on tables and chairs, and the soccer match on a Mexican television station.
Mexican mole is not just an option at La Pasadita but a standard lunch time accompaniment for many of the entrees as either red or green mole. There are other sauces listed on the menu with other dishes, such as green tomatillo sauce, pico de gallo (is that the same as the salsa?), and on fish dishes, lime and cilantro sauce. I wanted to try a variety and had some trouble with the server when I tried to explain what I wanted.
I have mentioned more than once I am a chile rellenos, hard shell taco kinda guy. That said I do enjoy looking at the menu to see if there are any differences to note from other 'authentic' restaurants. Three lunch entrees caught the GLOB Master's eye because of the, yep, you're correct, the mole:
Pollo con Mole verde o rojo: Shredded chicken simmered in "our delicious and unique mole sauce."
Camarones ala Diabla: Grilled shrimp topped with spicy red sauce.
Green or Red Mole Enchiladas: Three corn tortillas stuffed with chicken and topped with green or red mole sauce and served with lettuce, tomato, onion, sour cream, avocado, and cheese.
According to the Culinary Lore website: Mole typically contains a mixture of chiles, nuts, seeds, and vegetables. It sometimes includes unsweetened chocolate, tomatoes, and raisins. Avocado leaves, epazote, and various spices might also be used. Many moles -- including the most famous Mole Poblano or Poblano de guajolote from Puebla, said to be the first mole -- contain chocolate. That mole being so well known may account for the mole being thought of as a chocolate sauce.
Oscar returned to fill our corn chip basket and to take my order and that of GLOB Content Editor, Lynn Dirk, when I asked about the La Pasadita mole.
"We make our moles fresh every day," Oscar said, "I like the spicy red sauce, but I would say the green and the tomatillo sauces are also very popular," Oscar added. So the spicy red sauce is a mole and maybe the tomatillo sauce is too? Maybe mole just means sauce? To continue ...
La Pasadita has 39 Platillos Caseros – House Dishes including the three above. The menu also includes Tortas – Mexican Sandwiches, Tacos Mexicano, Botanas – Appetizers, Salads, and Soups. Below is a link to the complete La Pasadita restaurant menu, including prices. There is a complete menu at the La Pasadita restaurant web link below.
As noted above, I was excited to taste all three spicy sauce entrees and asked, "Hey Oscar, can I get the three mole sauces on the enchilada special, a different sauce on each enchilada"
Our lunches arrived covering our plates with copious yummy Mexican food. You know, GLOBers, I am an X-large individual. I have ridden the roller coaster of weight gain and weight loss my entire life. My dear mother made it very clear early on in life that I was to clean my plate. It has taken a long time to reach a point where I see this giant lunch and immediately think I should eat only half of my lunch. What a conundrum. Here I sit with Captain Dirk the other queen of never leave anything to waste, and I want to be a good consumer . . .
However when it got right down to the point of action, I had no problems thinking about cleaning this lunch plate.
My lunch was beautiful, Three nicely lined up enchiladas all dressed in their own mole. The rich, delicious tomatilla green sauce creation was very spicy and added a piquant, crisp flavor along with poblano chile pepper. The pulled chicken and cheese filing created a harmony of warm, melted, spicy adventure and flavors on the tip of my tongue that had me thinking, "Carumba! This is really good."
The red mole sauce enchilada -- center enchilada in image above -- had a beef stuffing and all the flavors blended nicely. My last chicken enchilada enjoyed the standard LPD red sauce which is tart and spicy but could have used some of the green sauce to 'pep it' up.
Lynn's lunch orders are moving away from meat proteins and she ordered #V4: A cheese stuffed Chile Rellenos. She tried to get it without the egg or batter coating over the pepper, but that got nixed by the chef. But as it turned out, the coating was not very heavy. The dish came with both black beans and refried beans, which she was very happy with, and rice, which was fluffy, sticky rice only slightly flavored and having some potato. All good. The cheese was the soft Mexican Oaxaca cheese. Lynn prefers the hard cheeses like cheddar or jack, but still enjoyed the relleno.
"It's been good for business," Oscar said. "We have good customers from all over town making the trip here for our very special and authentic Mexican lunches."
The Pluses and Minuses of La Pasadita Grill:
The La Pasdita + indicators : NOTE TO MEATLESS CROWD: La Pasadiita has nine distinct vegetarian offerings including a veggie fajita, and a mushroom quesadilla. LP also serves breakfast all day starting at 10:00 when they open.
The La Pasidita - indicators: I could eat here every day and die of a heart attack by September.
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- Phone Number: 264-7867
- Address: 4126 NW 6th St., Gaineville, FL
- Urban GLOB Location: Every Where Else
- Web Site: La Pasadita Mexican Grille
- Latitude: 29.6921026
- Longitude: -82.3329279
GKIB Master Wednesday, 20 January 2016 09:31 Comment Link
jcarumba! Gill! Welcome to Typo Sanford's world! I love "tomatillOs!! In sauces, or salsas. I can eat them on everything!! Thanks for catching the digital miscues . . .!
Antonio Gil Tuesday, 19 January 2016 10:36 Comment Link
I grew up in Mexico, and agree that this is the most authentic Mexican restaurant in Gainesville. It is also the best quality food overall.
Two notes on the review: it is tomatillo, not "tomatilla" sauce. And if you want to be really authentic is "¡caramba! not "Carumba!