July 24, 2009

La Guitarra

Posted in Uncategorized at 20:52 0 by gillsmoke

So’s I said to her, “you can’t let an awful meal at Denny’s be my only dining this trip”

She replied, “Well mi novio (boyfriend) misses La Guitarra”

“Ok what does he like there?”

“Fritas Carne y mofongos”

“I’ll try it and let you know.”

Be careful if you’re coming from the north, there’s a couple of strong jungle turns then there it is. Like most local restaurants, it’s a bar and most of the locals were drinking Medallas and bullshitting. Pictures covered the walls everything from painted portraits to wooden machettes with designs from the Machttedores (Independence fighters) and 2 posters for Grito de Lares (Peurto Rician independence movement from the town Lares), if there’s a documentary I wanna see it. It isn’t air conditioned but the high ceilings and ample breeze made it seem cooler than it was. The smells from the kitchen were wonderful full of spice and sizzles. The drinks came in bottles and cans with a cup of ice so no refils. While I was there nobody else stayed to eat but there were a couple of to go orders and I really wonder what they got.

Mofongos are boiled mashed plantains I asked and it is supposed to be the consistency of lumpy mashed potatoes, and garlicky and the sauce over it was quite delicate. The lettuce and tomato looked like they belonged on a sandwich and needed to be eaten while they were still cool for by the end of my meal the remaining lettuce was wilted on my plate. There were 2 thimble sized sauce cups one was catchup and the other was what I assume to be a seasoned mayonnaise, they were for the fried pork and onion. If that’s the way it is supposed to taste I don’t want it cooked wrong. It was very salty and slightly sweet. the onions were perfectly cook but left oily snail trails across my 70’s beige Tupperware plate. I’m glad I ordered what I did but I probably should of had the Churasco (skirt steak).

I wrote this at Ponderosa having the bad meal I was supposed to have, the Highlights include metallic mac and cheez, dried out fried products, including two new on me corn nuggets (battered creamed corn) and sorullitos (I think heart of palm) that tasted corny too. The only soup choice was beans. One trip to the side bar and soft serve better left, so I did. Hey don’t push me out now I still have a couple of things to write to my only fan. Hey, where’s my computer cord? Damn it! Not again.

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