(map) At the height of the Super Bowl frenzy, this place had both TVs tuned to telenovelas. That’s the sort of authentic, family-friendly place it is. The brightly painted walls echo with the sounds of kids playing and the music coming from the jukebox. At first glance just another Tex-Mex joint, Guadalajara cooks Jalisco style, with a little more interior Mexican flavor.
We started with guacamole and pozole. The guac is smooth and creamy, not the chunky guac you find in a lot of places. This is the “small” pozole, which is still huge for $3.75. It’s a spicy mix of stewed pork, hominy and shredded cabbage you stir into the steaming broth. Great on a cold night.
Gorditas offer your choice of meat with refried beans, sour cream, lettuce and tomato all sandwiched between fat little corn cakes. This gordita is made with pierna (pork leg rubbed with spices, then roasted). Every bite was a blend of spicy, cool, creamy, and crunchy.
Combination #13 is your choice of two meats plus rice and beans for $6.50. This #13 combines pierna (spice-rubbed pork leg) and carne guisada (a slow-simmered beef stew). This carne guisada had all cooked down into a rich, meaty gravy. Que rico! Charro beans were in a separate bowl.
The “secret” green sauce is delicious on everything, but you have to ask for it. It tasted avocado-based, but the rest of the ingredients remain classified. Hora Feliz (Happy Hour) is from 2-6 with beers just $1.99. They also serve breakfast; in fact, the kids with the family behind us were enjoying pancakes for dinner.