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Review: El Sabor Casero -- Mexican Restaurant

In an area where there are a lot of Mexican restaurants and the food is not much better than Taco Bell, catering mostly to the gringo crowd, I found a little restaurant that is a family-owned place.

El Sabor Casero (The Homemade Taste) is a tiny little restaurant in an old strip mall, with two chain Mexican restaurants within a couple of blocks. It, by far, is the best of the three.

Authentic, it is a restaurant where you will find the local Hispanic population come to gather and eat in the small Norwegian-influenced town of Poulsbo, Washington. Clean and bright, they are not the typical hole-in-the-wall place that one might expect from a tiny restaurant.

I was happy to see some authentic items on the menu, such as milanesa, tacos de lengua, and (homemade) tamales, hence the appropriateness of the name of the store. I was disappointed, however, that they did not have chile rellenos on their menu. On Saturdays and Sundays, they have some specialty items, typical weekend fare in Hispanic neighborhoods--posole and menudo.

I ordered the Tacos de Lengua , and a Dos Equis Ambar beer for lunch at 2:30 p.m. The picture depicts what was on my plate after I ate one taco. (I forgot to take a picture when the plate came.) I did not feel hungry again until 10 p.m.!

It was a bit pricey, but worth it for coming back for authentic flavors and food, and the warm welcome and conversation the owner's son, Marco, gave to me.

Though the shop may not look like much on the outside or the inside, the heart and soul that this family gives to their customers, the food, and this business was definitely worth it! "El sabor casero," indeed!!

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Rufuszen wrote on August 5, 2015, 1:00 PM

I am sure there must be a couple somewhere, but I can't say I have seen a Mexican restaurant near me. I did go to one in LA, many years ago, and am fairly certain it was part of a chain. I can't remember what I ordered.

CoralLevang wrote on August 5, 2015, 1:14 PM

You are in the UK, right? When I was there 15 years ago for 3 weeks, I do not think I saw one anywhere. There were plenty of Indian restaurants, Chinese take-aways, and fish'n'chip places, though.

PriscillaKing wrote on August 5, 2015, 2:09 PM

Those tacos look good!

CoralLevang wrote on August 5, 2015, 2:37 PM

PriscillaKing They were. If most knew what tacos de lengua are, however, they may not think they look so good. emoticon :smile:

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 5, 2015, 3:37 PM

I always enjoy finding an authentic, family run, ethnic restaurant because the food is usually so much better than the chains. We have a Korean restaurant in town like that. I found it last year and enjoyed real bulgogi for the first time in almost 30 years.

PriscillaKing wrote on August 5, 2015, 4:30 PM

Oh well, it's all meat. They can use whatever cut they normally buy. (Personally I'd as soon eat a steer's tongue as eat his loin...I'd use turkey myself.)

MegL wrote on August 6, 2015, 12:19 AM

That certainly looks like it was a hearty meal, there was plenty on that plate. No wonder you didn't feel hungry again for quite a while.

Paulie wrote on August 6, 2015, 3:33 AM

I have always enjoyed eating tacos and certainly would lile to try them at El Sabor Casero. As a matter of fact, I haven't had Mexican food in many years.

CoralLevang wrote on August 6, 2015, 9:14 AM

I agree. I'm not crazy about sesos, though. emoticon :winking:

CoralLevang wrote on August 6, 2015, 9:15 AM

Oh, how I LOVE Korean food. Did you ever go to "Korea Town" in Tacoma? Boon Ha Plaza was a grocer down there? So many Korean restaurants. That's where I eat for my favorites, that are not catering to the American marketplace.

CoralLevang wrote on August 6, 2015, 9:16 AM

Agreed! It is a place to return again and again!

CoralLevang wrote on August 6, 2015, 9:17 AM

I usually make my own, but haven't been doing a lot of cooking lately.

Rufuszen wrote on August 6, 2015, 10:10 AM

yes, those kinds of eateries are still going strong. Thinking about it I saw a mexican place in Camden Lock last year, but I was walking the Regent's Canal and didn't stop

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 6, 2015, 3:32 PM

Sadly, I didn't discover a love of Korean food until I was in Korea and dating a Korean girl. She was a fabulous cook and even taught me how to make a decent dinner of Bulgogi and Rice.

Paulie wrote on August 6, 2015, 11:31 PM

I have never tried making Mexican food and I remember that my folks never had it. In addition tgo tacos, I like enchiladas.