We are a family from Australia on a 40 day trip to the USA. We wanted an authentic Mexican food experience.
Tonight's dinner was one of my most highly anticipated in the trip: El Metate Tamale Factory.
I really wanted us to have an authentic Mexican dining experience and after scouring Yelp and Tripadvisor; El Metate Tamale Factory fit the bill.
It is certainly not on the restaurant strip; tucked away in what seemed to be a quiet, maybe-suburban street. It was dark when we pulled in. Very dark.
It didn't take us too long to locate the restaurant. Inside, I loved the walls with bold snakes and other Mexican-themed objects painted in warm vibrant colors.
Very quickly our menus arrived with a baffling array of items from which to choose, most of which I was not familiar with.
Our host, Carlos came out and took command of the situation. He explained the menu, found out what our tastes were and gently steered our thoughts to match the more authentic dishes.
While we waited, two plates of the best corn chips with a tangy jalapeño( I think) coriander( cilantro) dipping sauce. Hot, but amazing! The plates were whisked away and replaced with fresh ones after we nibbled our way through them.
Along with the sides we purchased, Carlos brought us out a sample of a drink I cannot remember the name of: milk, rice and cinnamon. It was so refreshing with the ice and it was smooth, so I don't know if maybe the rice had been blended.
Carlos' love for his cuisine was certainly infectious. Guess who has eaten there? Jamie Oliver! He showed us the newspaper article. Certainly puts this place even more on the map!
Our dishes came out quickly and every last one was cooked perfectly. My mouth was on fire but my taste buds were weeping with joy.
If you are not super familiar with this cuisine or the maze of names, make sure you ask your excellent host Carlos and he and his wife will not disappoint you. They know their food and will guide u gently through and make it an unforgettable taste experience!
Carlos, feel free to contact us when you are on Australia next month- if we are back in the country. Email us on email@example.com