What to wear: Seersucker and tennis shoes. Really whatever. This place is chill. I’m cute tho.
Sounds like: Tejano fun.
Vegetariano: Quite friendly, and quite possibly a rare option for Raleigh, NC. (Actually Raleigh is quite veggie friendly.)
Pockets: I did damage with a lingering drinking problem but not at much as I could. $30~
Guilt Element: You are eating Mexican food where soul food abounds in forms in which you have never dreamed before. i.e. north carolina chopped bbq NORTH CAROLINA CHOPPED BARBECUE TF YOU DOING BE?
Restrooms: Not gender neutral. Fairly clean with three stalls in the ladies.
Accessibility: All the floors fairly even.
Hi. So it’s been a while. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t been eating out or even writing down my experiences. It means that I haven’t posted here in a while.
Bonus news: I am no longer a vegetarian. Sounds funny even saying that. What I mean is I no longer intentionally refrain from eating meat. I love bacon. I can’t do much beef or chicken, nor am I meat adventurous, but I eat it regularly and my body appreciates this change. But I’m still vegetarian leaning. Which brings me to today’s meal:
Salsa and chips on point. The salsa is super fresh. Though, not a pico de gallo kind of chunky which I have unlearned preference for. Fresh tortilla chips as the world intended.
My cocktails: I got La Rosa, a blood orange and hornitos black barrel based margarrita. Intensely flavorful, had the fruity freshness of a good sangria with the proper punch a good tequila offers.
El matator is candy. Whatever jolly ranchers do for you. So will this. And then a sneak attack.
Had the California Burrito veggie style and asked for mole to top it because wet is what we really do in Cali. (Also Serrano tomatillo sauce but who’s being particular?) flavors were great, the rice didn’t stand alone in the burrito and just creato a boring plate in your mouth. It may be because I was traveling but the broccoli in the burrito didn’t even bother me.
Ask for the hot sauce. Ask for the hot sauce. Ask. For. The. Hot. Sauce. It is a chunkier, full of seeds and chipotle delicious dollop of heaven meeting hell. Imma buy a bottle.
I didn’t have dessert because obviously, el matador is candy and I am already drunk.