Tabasco’s Restaurant: The Best Mexican Food You’ve Never Heard About

Found in a hispanic shopping center called Se Rancho Markets on Redwood Road, hunting down Tabasco's is worth your time.

Maybe I better qualify this post’s title: I’ve only had one dish at Tabasco’s. It was unlike any dish I’ve had at any other place, so it may not be a completely fair comparison.

The dish, however, was amazing. Called “Molcajete,” which is a Mexican way of saying “a mortar and pestle,” the dish will knock your socks off.

Behold! The pig known as "Molcajete!"

Served, like the name suggests, in a bowl made out of  vesicular basalt, Molcajete is a mix of steaming hot steak, jumbo shrimp, chicken, cactus strips (sans spines), queso fresco (strips of white cheese, to you gringos), and, naturally, roasted jalapenos. Oh, and salsa and more creamy cheese.

When it arrives in this black, stone bowl carved in the shape of a pig, with juices dripping down the side, it’s all you can do to take just one bite at a time. The meat is full of flavor, and all the variety of meat together makes this a meal for the person who just can’t ever make up their mind. Like me.

Needless to say, it comes with sides of beans and rice. Before the meal, you’re treated to chips and salsa, and the salsa is fantastic. I could have filled up on it, taken an order to go, and been satisfied.

From start to finish, the meal was excellent, and I can’t wait to go back.

APROPOS: The portion size is huge…sufficient for four eaters, or two very hungry attorneys. Up to you.

Hat tip to SLC Cheap Eats for finding it (and much better pictures), and many thanks to Eating Salt Lake for talking me into trying it with him. Well worth the time. And the calories.

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