Back of the House at Taqueria La Monarca
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The friendly 24-year-old, Jose Coronel, seems to be the man-in-charge at this family owned taqueria.
Jose in the kitchen with Vivian Acatecas. Menudo is stewing on the stove-top.
Close-up of the menudo, which is a traditional Mexican soup made with tripe.
Deep-fried tortillas. These tortillas were being prepared for an order of sopes de carne.
Jose chopping piles of cilantro, preparing for the day's customers.
The sopes de carne, in this case, pollo, or chicken, was the meat of choice. The fried tortillas are topped with beans, lettuce, chicken, cilantro, onions, cheese and sour cream.
The fabulous Mexican rice drink, aguas de horchata.
Tamales. Three pork tamales, served with rice and cheese-topped beans.
The beloved Mexican favorite, plato de menudo. Which is served with tortillas, cilantro and onions.
Shrimp cocktail, or cóctel de camarón, as always, served with saltines.