Growing up, my grandparents enjoyed preparing pork barbecue a few times every year at their home. Whenever they barbecued, they would invite several friends and other family members over. To serve with the pork meat, my grandmother always prepared several mouthwatering side dishes such as potato salad and baked beans. Because they slow cooked the meat for hours, they were always extremely tired when the fun festivities were complete. Nowadays, my family skips the hassle of cooking pork barbecue themselves. Instead, they enjoy this delicious entree at a favorite local restaurant. On this blog, you will discover the best side dishes to order with a pork barbecue meal at a restaurant. Enjoy!
Mexican food is very popular and for good reason. It has a great combination of flavors featuring both spicy and more mild tastes that can fit anyone's preference. While there are some good Mexican restaurants in most cities, finding the best one or even an authentic one can be a challenge.
Here are some tips on finding the best Mexican restaurant in your city.
Look for a Simple Menu
Many restaurants have a large menu with so many choices that it can be difficult to decide what you want to order. While large chains and some smaller restaurants can do a large menu well, a more authentic Mexican restaurant typically won't have such a large menu with complicated dishes.
Instead, look for a simple menu with food items that fit the Mexican culture. For example, look for burritos that are smaller in nature rather than large, double-layered ones. Do your research on what is typically served in a traditional Mexican restaurant and how they create the dishes, and using what ingredients.
The best Mexican restaurants will follow actual Mexican cuisine closely and not add a lot of extras.
Pay Attention to the Spicy Flavors and Tortilla Chips
While not all Mexican food is spicy, there are some certain foods that are typically served that way. For example, salsa is usually spicy. An authentic Mexican restaurant most likely won't serve a milder option for salsa. Other foods such as burritos or tacos aren't always served spicy.
Also, a true Mexican restaurant will only serve corn tortillas with their salsa. Along the same lines, if you want to order a taco, a good Mexican restaurant typically only serves soft shell tacos or burritos. Hardshell tacos aren't typically authentic so if you want a real Mexican meal, look for only soft shell tacos.
How the Food Is Prepared
If you want a good Mexican restaurant look for one that prepares the food the traditional way. For example, a taco usually has shredded beef or sliced beef or steak on them. Ground beef isn't typical on a taco in an authentic Mexican restaurant.
Do your research and see how each Mexican restaurant prepares their proteins and what kind they are using for each dish. Check to see that each dish is presented traditionally and uses the correct ingredients for that dish, for example, pork instead of beef and adding cheeses when it doesn't traditionally come with cheese.
You can also check to ensure any drinks they offer are served in the true Mexican way of preparing them.