And I don't just mean Mexican food restaurants in general. There's a difference between a Mexican food restaurant and a taqueria. Ninfa's and On The Border are Mexican food restaurants. Taqueria El Crucero and Taqueria Mexican Taco are taquerias. You're asking, "what's the difference other than having taqueria in the name?" Well, it's kind of difficult to define. If a restaurant's menu features pictures of almost all the menu items, then that's a pretty good sign you're in a taqueria.
More on that subject as this taqueria adventure continues during the next month.
Today, I wanted to dine with my usual Tuesday lunch group at Taqueria Jardin de Jalisco, but I didn't want to load up on cheese and grease. That's one thing I've learned about taquerias, though, is that they offer many menu solutions. Case in point, I ordered a No. 17 today (chicken chipotle) while someone else in the group ordered a No. 47, which I think was beef fajitas.
My choice of chicken chipotle turned out to be one that I think my trainer would approve — a grilled chicken breast with a barbecue-esque salsa, white cheese and avocado. I drank water and took it easy on the rice and beans. Boom. Healthy lunch.
One more bite: I'll take suggestions on taquerias I need to visit. Let me hear 'em.