Before I get into the disappointment that is Lucy’s Taqueria, I’d like to discuss a matter of some import: namely, what is a “taqueria” exactly?Â Many terms are tossed around when naming Mexican restaurants and Mexican businesses of all sorts, so I wanted to give you a quick reference guide that might help you navigate the Spanish language businesses in your area.Â Oh, come on, no need to thank me, I’m just happy to be here.
Here’s a quick list of some of the more common nomenclature used in Spanish language businesses for your reference (NOTE:Â if any native Spanish speakers wish to correct me or add some nuance to these definitions, please, please, please let me know.Â Your help is appreciated.):
Mercado-Â store, but esp. grocery store
Carniceria– meat market, typically selling raw meats and prepared foods
Taqueria– originally referred to street vendors who specialized in Mexican food like tacos or burritos, but now indicates a small, informal, short-order style restaurant serving a variety of Mexican fare
Cocina– lit. kitchen, fig. used in the name of many restaurants to give that “homey” feel
Cantina– termed used liberally by white people who open Mexican restaurants chains who focus more on the margaritas than they do on the food
Ok, on to Lucy’s-I wanted to like Lucy’s, I really did. Â From the moment I pulled into the shady parking lot (shared with a liquor store and a nail salon of course) I thought, “This is going to be something special.” Â They had everything–crappy location, sparklingly clean floors, actual photos of the dishes (with the time/date stamp from the camera still on the photos) proudly mounted on the walls, sullen teenage counter help, obvious non-whitey food from the parts of animals that suburbanites don’t like to talk about, really good chips and freshly made salsas. Â What could possibly be bad? Â Oh, that’s right, the food.
I should have been tipped off the food when, after asking the sullen teenage counter help what was good, she responded, “I really like the nachos.” Anyway, the tacos were large and uninteresting, the meat chopped into tiny dried out bits that were somewhere between crunchy and chewy. Â The ceviche was poorly seasoned and covered with–no, could it be? Â really?–yes, mayonnaise. Â What a total let down. Â I was ready for this place to be my new favorite Mexican restaurant before I even took a bite.Â Now, every time I pass it, I feel pain my corazon (heart).Â Buenas noches, Lucy’s, you are muerte to me.
Luchy’s Taqueria- 2217 Marconi Ave, Sacramento
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