We have not been across the border to the United States in literally 3 years. We have had no reason to cross, other than the touristy stuff and it turns out there are things to do closer to home, and there is no paperwork or declarations necessary to do them. But my wife stood in line all day, one day last month to renew her passport and wanted to take it out for a spin. So we found ourselves near Pike Street Market and it turned out that El Borracho is all vegan, all the time!
You might think that Mexican food could be veganized easily but the Mexican-American food that we are used is all about the cheese, isn't it (not to mention lard)? We arrived at noon on Saturday and they were not crazy busy at that point.
Daily fresh-made salsas are in a small bar fridge waiting for you to help yourself. We tried them all! The right side is jalapeno based with Salsa Roja next to it, chipotle something and habanero based on the far left which was spicy but not insane. Very nice!
We started with a quartet of tacos and I can't remember which is which. Al Pastor with tofu and pineapple, Jackfruit conchitas pibil, which featured orange-achiote marinated jackfruit, Ancho Chile Adobo Seitan Steak (my favourite) and Chipotle Potato (Mharie's favourite). They were all very good!
We ordered a side of Green Rice and queso (not shown) both of which were quite tasty. Most of the queso got sprinkled on the green rice actually.
This is called a Shortie, basically a small burrito. We tried the Bean and Cheese and the cheese was quite good being melty and cheddar-like Also a solid veganization!
We enjoyed sitting at the front window watching the Saturday crowds go by. There are a few outside tables and seating at the bar and different levels in the room. Our server was friendly and like typical vegans, we exchanged recipes! In addition to what we tried, they serve bowls, nachos, and burritos and have a full bar. This is definitely a haven for vegans at the market.
Food 4 out of 5
Vegan Options 5 out of 5
Comfort 4 1/2 out of 5
Service 4 1/2 out of 5
Value 4 out of 5
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