Have your ‘comida corrida’ at Freeport’s Taste of Mexico City

There’s a new Mexican restaurant in Freeport, but they’re not the traditional American Mexican restaurant—they are a “Taste of Mexico City—Home of the Chile Relleno.”

Owner Sofia Garcia said you won’t find a traditional hard shell taco here. They pan-fry their homemade corn and flour tortillas in fresh canola oil; there’s no refried beans, either…only beans made fresh and served in their own juices.

The Garcias wanted to bring something different—something more like Mexican home-cooking—to the area, and, according to customers, they have succeeded.

Sofia said she got goosebumps when a young man said, “I feel like I’m at home eating my mother’s cooking.” Maybe part of that “feel” is because it is Sofia’s mother, Sarah, who does most of the cooking.

At Taste of Mexico City, they offer something called the “comida corrida”—it is the daily family meal in Mexico City.

The comida corrida is five dishes served at one sitting. The courses are soup, rice with beans (de la olla) and two main dishes (usually one meat and one vegetable) plus handmade tortillas and salsa. At Taste of Mexico City, these are made fresh daily. The comida corrida is a health-conscious alternative for dining out.

“It’s like having a five-course meal at a fancy restaurant, but this one is Mexico City style—where the only fancy thing about the meal is the taste,” said Sofia Garcia.

So, if you like Mexican food and are looking for an authentic alternative while traveling in the Freeport area, visit Taste of Mexico City between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, at 30 W. Spring St. in downtown Freeport (across from Honeywell and around the corner from the Lindo Theater and Kegel’s Bicycle Shop). You’ll be glad you did.

From the June 21-27, 2006, issue

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