Today my husband and I were headed to the midtown Best Buy for some early Christmas shopping, when we suddenly became quite hungry. I find a hungry shopper is an angry shopper, so we had to nip that nonsense in the taste buds. We pulled out our iPhones and checked Urbanspoon for nearby places to eat. Luckily, Tacos El Rinconcito popped up as an option and we went with it hoping for a satisfying and affordable lunch date.
We snaked our way down 46th street, through several neighborhoods in search of Tacos El Rinconcito. After a couple turns we found ourselves parked outside the restaurant, which is sandwiched between a laundromat and a Mercado. We walked into the crowded restaurant and were the only Gringos in the joint; however, the cashier was happy to oblige in English. We started with an order of Gazpacho. Their version of gazpacho is not a soup; however, it is layer upon layer of crisp pickled vegetables such as jicama and cucumber, served with sweet mango and sprinkled with tamarind. A couple squirts of lime and I was in sweet and savory heaven.
I also ordered a Carne Asada Torta sandwich. Tortas always bring me back to the time in my life when I worked in downtown Los Angeles and would walk to the Grand Central Market for lunch. That is where I experienced my first torta, and coincidentally my best torta. Pretty sure I mention that every time I write about tortas. Oh the memories! Having said that, Tacos El Rinconcito does a pretty damn good torta. The Carne Asada was chopped into little pieces, which is different than what I’m used to, but that enabled for a sandwich with nice brown crunchy bits of meat. The bun was fresh and the toppings of avocado, tomato, lettuce and onion plentiful.
Eric decided to order the Pollo Flautas served with arroz and frijoles refritos. Eric is not a fan of beans; however, I am and as I had read some rave reviews I had to try them. He so kindly ordered the platter “as is” as opposed to his typical “double rice” so I could check them out. I am glad he did because they were quite creamy and flavorful! The flautas were rolled with corn tortillas, stuffed with tender chicken and topped with avocado, lettuce, tomato, jalapenos and cojita cheese. This was a lovely version of flautas and Eric didn’t even mind “all the stuff” on top.
We left stuffed to gills and ready to shop. The entire meal with a large horchata was around $15 total. I was a cheap happy date, and for that my husband was grateful.
Tacos El Rinconcito is located at 4705 S Braden Ave.