Guest post by Carl Orthlieb
Ok, we’ve gone to market, had our coffee and croissant, what is there left to do? How about an authentic Mexican meal at the Cottage of the Tiger?
Just down Gonzales Ave near the end of the street is a colorful restaurant done with orange arches and a big tree. Inside is dark and cool with friendly staff that are quick to show you the buffet that is brewing on the street.
Here, you can order a two-dish lunch plate for about $65 pesos ($5 US). You choose two of either pork, chicken, or beef dishes that are simmering in skillets on the tables outside and get a meal with all the trimmings: refried beans with fresh cheese, rice, and fresh tortillas. These tortillas are not Taco Bell tasteless rubbery imitations that came in plastic wrap.
They are freshly pressed and gently fried genuine bits of heaven. The smell alone is intoxicating. Scoop some chicken and beans onto those tortillas and savor the fresh flavor that melts in your mouth. If you run out of tortillas they’ll make more on the spot.
Gerrit reports that the chefs at the Tiger make the best quesadillas he’s ever tasted. And that’s saying a lot for an 11-year old who believes that all decent Mexican food starts with a Q!