There are a few things I can’t pass when I’m out on the road. 1) A Corvette, 2) A Czech bakery, and 3) a food truck. The Vette is too fast. The bakery is too tempting and the food truck, well my friend, there are special treasures only found in food trucks.
I was on the way to Baptist Hospital in Beaumont earlier this week to check on a church member when I saw it. It wasn’t just one food truck. There were two of them parked together. They were old and red and they looked like they had not been in operation for a couple of decades. But you can’t let that kind of stuff go. Where there is a food truck there is bound to be good food, whether or not the truck is operational. To make it even better, one of the trucks had Christmas lights on it. Anyone who decorates in Christmas lights knows more about food than they do decorations so I knew the food was going to be a winner at this place.
I’ve driven right past Las Salsitas’ a thousand times over the past 4 years. I don’t know why I haven’t stopped in till just this week. Perhaps it wasn’t meant to be. As I said before, I was in the neighborhood to call on a church member in the hospital. That ministry trip turned into some powerful hunger and an insatiable craving for Mexican food. Ok, ok….the craving for Mexican food was already there. I was just needing an excuse to stop by and check out what they were serving up.
Before I get into the food we experienced, let me share Kristi’s expert perspective on knowing how to determine if your Mexican food is legitimate.
Jason sent me a text meant to provoke jealousy this past Wednesday. The text came alongside a picture of a bottled coke and a delicious-looking plate of assorted tacos. Though envious he was eating without me, I remembered why I love that man…..and tacos.
He brought me back today. Salsitas is an authentic Mexican food joint at 3297 College St. in Beaumont
For those of you seeking the real deal, instead of describing my plate with sense-inducing language, I’m sharing ten ways I knew this place was legit.
1. A telenovela (Mexican soap opera) with a scorned woman was on the tube.
2. You can count on fresh lime wedges and homemade tortillas coming with your meal.
3. Mexican blankets pair as wall decoration and curtains.
4. There was something creepy on the menu that I wouldn’t eat, suggesting that this place serves cuisine beyond the amateur list of nachos and burritos.
5. They serve six kinds of tacos including pastor and azada. (Burger King isn’t the only place that lets you have it your way).
6. We had to use part of napkins to blow our runny noses caused by truly hot salsa.
7. You can enjoy your meal with an Orange Fanta or Coke in one of those tall, thick glass bottles.
8. There’s a taco truck outside with Christmas lights. I can’t explain, but that feels authentic.
9. You get more cilantro with your dish than you do lettuce (the non-tasty filler).
10. The menu is in Spanish and you find yourself making sure you know what a ceviche tostada is. “That is fish, right?”
Ok, back to the grub…
I had a lunch plate of Chile Verdes on Wednesday. This stuff was good. They have all the food stuff made up and on a steam table so you can see what’s fresh and what’s not. Since I was there around 11:30 both times this week, everything was fresh. It was raining Wednesday so there weren’t any other patrons coming through the door, but the drive through line was steady.
The Chile Verdes was tasty, they were spicy and they were filling. That’s what I’m looking for in a lunch plate. I also ordered a Taco Azada. I don’t even know what that is. It’s some king of delicious beef thing. Don’t ask too many questions. Just enjoy.
Since it’s Friday, I took Kristi back with me so we could have a lunchtime date. I was just a little disappointed. Instead of ESPN Desportes playing on three TVs and turned up loud enough to drown out a freight train, they had, as Kristi alluded to above, some telenovela thing going. It was like watching Days of Our Lives, but in Spanish. It didn’t take away from the ambiance. I was just sad I didn’t get to hear the announcer of the soccer game yell “GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOALLLLLLLLLLL!”
Anyway, I figured since the one taco I ate on Wednesday was good, why not order 4 more. I did two Azada, one Barbacoa, and one Carnitas. That’s Spanish for Tasty Beef, Delicious Meat, and Heavenly Pork.
These Tacos are simple and savory. Load them up with lime juice and hot sauce and you have the makings for a face full of flavor. I’m still sweating from the red sauce. Go with the green for a milder kick, but you will still be kicked!
Kristi went out on a limb with the Cameron Tostado. When I see and old food truck, my mind doesn’t immediately say, “I wonder what their seafood tastes like?” No, far from it. But she was bold today. And this was one of those days where boldness paid off!
This was sheer goodness on a crunchy shell. She let me have a bite, and when I wanted to go in for a second bite, it was already gone. Add this to your “To Get” list if you get the chance to dine-in. If you’re ordering out, it might get a little messy when you try to sneak a bite on the way home. It’s piled high with Pico, Shrimp, and Avocado.
She also snagged a Chicken Taco. That was about the only English thing on their menu, but it was served up with full Mexican flavor.
I don’t know why we love to take pictures of our food so much. I love taking pictures of Kristi taking pictures of her food.
On the way out, Kristi took a shot of this:
I don’t know what it is. I’m sad that I didn’t order it. This is my reason for going back sometime in the future.
If you’re in Beaumont, anywhere near 3297 College St., not far from Baptist Hospital, stop by. You’ll fill your belly without emptying your pocketbook.
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