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Old 08-23-2014, 07:26 AM   #11
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Back in the 80s I used to work on a cruise ship out of Galveston, TX. Whenever we were in dock a group of us would drive up to Houston to eat at this little hole in the wall joint run by a nice Mexican lady like you describe. My buddy, who grew up in Houston, told me the first time we were there "You gotta try her Menudo." And so I did. It was heavenly.

I tell ya, I've had Menudo several times since, but I've never enjoyed it as much as I did at that place. I was spoiled for life.
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Old 08-23-2014, 01:24 PM   #12
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Old 08-23-2014, 04:31 PM   #13
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Old 08-23-2014, 04:45 PM   #14
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Having spent five years living in South Texas, the one thing I learned was if you want really Mexican food, then find a hole in the wall with a real woman from Mexico doing the cooking. For those who lived in Aransas Pass, it was Mama Lupe's. There were other ones, but not as good as hers. Even I would eat her chili. I loved working for her.
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Old 08-26-2014, 06:28 PM   #15
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just a few weeks ago i was lucky enough to go to a restaurant that was serving tripe italian style (trippo alla romana) as a special appy. the waitress laughed when i ordered it saying that i was 1 of the only 2 customers who were brave enough to eat it since they put it on the weekly menu. they were ready to give it away.

i've never had menudo but i'll have to keep an eye peeled for it. good find, senor hoot.
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Old 08-26-2014, 07:21 PM   #16
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just a few weeks ago i was lucky enough to go to a restaurant that was serving tripe italian style (trippo alla romana) as a special appy. the waitress laughed when i ordered it saying that i was 1 of the only 2 customers who were brave enough to eat it since they put it on the weekly menu. they were ready to give it away.

i've never had menudo but i'll have to keep an eye peeled for it. good find, senor hoot.
That is a big seller in this part of the country. Saturday is Tripe Day in this town. All the old geezers meet at their favorite restaurant and talk and eat, and talk and eat.
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lol @ geezers.

yeah, they talk too much.
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lol @ geezers.

yeah, they talk too much.
Yeah. They tell the same old stories about the old country and how hard they had to work as kids. Or their war stories, same old, same old. But the restaurants don't care. Because while they are sitting there, they all are ordering a second and sometimes a third helping of tripe.
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Sounds like a great place to be a patron of, Hoot. If you're from "the great dismal swamp" you have probably heard of chiterlings, which in the south is pronounced "chitlins." Well, I have never tried Menudo or Chitlins and probably never will. It just doesn't sound appetizing. Probably won't every try haggus either for the same reasons.
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There is a service station/convenience store down the road a bit from the community college that serves chitlins every day. They are prepared very much like I remember from my youth. Just the right balance of vinegar and hot sauce.
I know they ain't everyone's idea of good eats, but I sure do like 'em!
Hope to have the opportunity someday to try haggis, 'course there is a very long list of foods I would like to try afore I shuffle off this mortal coil, as they say.
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