I first sampled La Loteria when on a Vanfoodster Tasting Plates event back before the you-know-what hit. I had always meant to come back and try a few more items and finally got the chance. This review is based on a couple of visits to LLMSF back in April (or as I call it Meat April not to be confused with No Meat May) before I leaned in further on my plant-based eating journey.
Of course, I went thinking tacos but their menu features some other Mexican street food favourites. Located on Granville just south of Nelson, LLMSF is a small place with very limited seating inside and a couple of tables outside when the weather is nice.
Those of us who only think tacos need to expand our minds to include tortas. This was a wonderful sandwich with pork belly, pickled onions and feta on a very good Portuguese bun. I think the salsa on the side is their 'medium' jalapeno salsa.
To be honest, I can't remember exactly what type of tamales I ordered. I assume it was the Frijoles and Queso con Raja because that's what I would order today when I look at the menu. Also to be honest, these were just a touch on the dry side (a common tamale problem) but that was remedied by adding salsa! Loved the pickled jalapenos and carrots on the side.
On another visit, I tried the chilaquiles which I don't actually see on their website menu so maybe it was a special of the day or maybe it's new. At any rate, it wasn't quite what I expected but tasty enough. Basically, chips, feta and more salsa.
Not everything at LLMSR is green. I just got into the habit of ordering 'medium' hot salsa. If I had realized that my pictures were going to be leaning to that side of the colour spectrum so much, I would have braved the hot. At any rate, this tostada with fried fish was also a real treat. Freshly fried and crispy, the contrast of hot fish and cool cabbage and salsa was very nice.
I wouldn't ordinarily order a popsicle but this was something special. Maybe because it was all or mostly fruit juice, this was icier than a store-brand popsicle. I loved the lime flavour with a bit of a type of chilli salt sprinkled over it.
La Loteria is the Mexican version of bingo that uses characters on boards instead of numbers and letters. Their website under "About Us" provided that clue to their identity. Good service and good food.
Food 3 1/2 out of 5
Comfort 3 out of 5
Service 3 1/2 out of 5
Value 3 1/2 out of 5
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