Poblano pepper rules Tex-Mex lunch
When I think about the best hamburger stand in Hoggetowne I start with their hamburger patty. Singles, doubles, homemade shaped red meat protein patties are the quintessential hallmark of a good hamburger.
The same idea goes with pizzas. It all begins with the crust GLOBer. Thin, crispy, deep dish, the thought given to the foundation of a perfect pizza pie can be the deciding factor between an excellent slice, or a chewy, cold, or mushy Italian lunch time disappointment.
With 20 Mexican lunch stands on the Urban GLOB Map I measure the quality of a good Tex-Mex lunch by the attention, style, creativity they give to their Chili Rellenos entrée.
The Las Maracas Mexican Restaurant, 5112 NW 34th Blvd., across from the YMCA creates an impressively delicious Chili Relleno.
The LM Veggie Lunch Menu #F: Two Chili Rellenos stuffed with potato, topped with red salsa and sesame seeds and served with red rice and beans, $8.99, could quickly move Las Maracas to the top of my lunch stop rotation.
This South American restaurant had a familiar look to it with many of the restaurant features being kept from the last two, or three, businesses residing in this old, shared two-room façade. With a quaint patio in the rear this lunch stop redesign has resulted in very few changes in design and style of the building.
Appetizers, chips and drinks start off the snazzy, new menus and a plethora of lunch options including House Specialties, Combos, Fajitas, Tacos, Burritos, Steak, Pork, Chicken, and Seafood entrees prepares the lunch outer for a Tex-Mex lunch time odyssey.
The voluminous menu can be an overwhelming challenge at times. Kudos to Las Maracas for including a simple, easy to understand lunch menu inside the multi-sectioned lunch time road map.
Divided into three categories the lunch menu features six lunch specials for $8.50 including Chili Rellenos, chicken quesadillas, and a guacamole salad.
A list of 27 lunch entrees make up the main lunch menu starting with chalupas, cheese enchiladas, refried beans with some curiously sounding entrees like Pollo Fundido a grilled chicken breast, chorizo, onions, melted cheese, rice and beans meal for $11:99.
Sola our server was quick to point out the Gainesville Special Lunch with grilled chicken, steak, or shrimp on a bed of rice topped with cheese sauce is a popular lunch, $11.99.
There is a Vegetarian Lunch list of seven entrees for $8.99 starting with a chalupa, a cheese enchilada and refried beans to three enchiladas with potatoes, sesame seeds, lettuce, tomato, rice and sour cream.
The TEX part of the menu is covered by a Cheese Steak Sandwich, $8.99, and an American Cheeseburger served with fries, $8.99. There is a complete menu at the restaurant link at the bottom of this page.
Lunch buddy and UF Professor Emeritus Dr. Jon Roosenraad joined, me for lunch and quickly spied the Huevos Con Chorizo consisting of two eggs, Mexican sausage with rice and beans for $8.99. Dr; Jon was surprised with the idea of breakfast for lunch:
"Eggs and sausage for lunch? Why not. The Hueveros Con Chorizos is tasty and on the lighter side. You know the eggs are the real thing when the egg mixture comes out "dirty" -- meaning the somewhat spicy sausage (it ain't Jimmy Dean) has been cooked WITH the scrambled eggs and not added after the eggs were cooked. Big difference. Good size portion and went well with the refried beans. One can skip the rice."
My X-TRA large Veggie Lunch Plate #F lunch plate of two Chili Rellenos, stuffed with potatoes,
Potato's in a Mexican lunch?
The Spuds idea surprised this eating professional. After all don't ya think I should expect, be prepared for lunch time surprises I opted to sub out the potatoes and replace them with mushrooms. The mushrooms were an interesting texture and flavor substitution for the potatoes. The oxaca cheese offered a tasty, gooey cheese option to my lunch. YUM!
The Poblano peppers were cooked perfectly very flavorful, and a prize winning component to my lunch. The dark green Capsicum annuum veggie had a strong, noticeable peppery flavor albeit not very hot. The crunch of the thick green membrane wall, and excellent taste made for a lunch time treat for this pepper loving aficionados.
Did you know Poblano peppers originated in Puebla, Mexico. They are one of the most popular peppers grown there. The poblano plant is multi-stemmed and can reach up to 25 inches high. The pods grow 3-6 inches long and 2-3 inches wide.
Las Maracas is not easily viewed from the road so keep an eye out for the YMCA on the East side of 34th Blvd. Las Maracas is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays.
The Pluses and Minuses of Las Maracas Mexican.
Las Maracas Mexican+ Indicators: Excellent poblano pepper lunch. Friendly staff, reasonably priced, easily accessed.
Las Maracas Mexican - Indicators: Carumba! After lunch I noticed a single #1 Chili Relleno Lunch Special available if I had looked harder at the gigantic LMMR menu.
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- Phone Number: 372 225-3968
- Address: 5112 NW 34th St., Gainesville, FL
- Urban GLOB Location: 34th Street
- Web Site: Las Maracas Mexican
- Latitude: 29.7012207
- Longitude: -82.3685666
Tom Friday, 04 October 2013 19:34 Comment Link
All good things. And yeah, when I remember to go, I always know at least a few people and their wings sometimes take a little longer to come out (unexpected rush of order), but are good.