As Chuck mentioned last week, it is hot and humid in Southern Louisiana this time of year. And that means we are spending a lot of time lounging in the air conditioned splendor of the RV. Usually one of us is on the computer, while the other is watching TV. And the rule is: “He/she who uses the computer relinquishes custody of the remote.”
So last Saturday afternoon I am the Master of the Remote and come upon Mexican Food Paradise on the Travel Channel. This channel has been running a series of “Paradise” episodes. There are BBQ Paradise, Fried Food Paradise, Hamburger Paradise, Hot Dog Paradise, Steak Paradise, Bacon Paradise, and more. And many have begat progeny. There are now Steak Paradise 2, Steak Paradise 3, and Hamburger Paradise 2.
We were please to see that we had eaten at two of the Mexican restaurants featured—El Indio in San Diego and Tomasita’s in Santa Fe. (Although a New Mexico native would quickly point out that their food is New Mexican and not Mexican.) And at the end of the hour we were both craving Mexican food.
We have had only one experience with Mexican food in Lafayette at a place that I dubbed last year as “Gringo Mexicana” or “Your grandfather’s Mexican.” So I took to the computer (after transferring the remote to my Favorite Traveling Companion) and found La Pagua (Spanish for “avocado”) which garnered a “92% Likes” vote (out of 737 votes) on urbanspoon.com and was ranked 34th out of 367 restaurants in Lafayette on tripadvisor.com.
The menu contained all of the Mexican restaurant staples—enchiladas, burritos, chimichangas, tacos, and fajitas. A number of reviewers on tripadvisor.com and urbanspoon.com specifically mention La Pagua’s pupusas which “are a traditional dish from El Salvador. Pupusas are corn tortillas with a filling—usually cheese (pupusas de queso), beans, and/or Salvadoran-style chicharrón (finely ground pork)…. Pupuasas are cooked on a griddle, and served with a pickled cabbage slaw called curtido and thin tomato sauce (salsa roja)” (southamericanfood.about.com).
I gave Chuck a fairly good sized bite of one of my tamales, and he was not impressed and he decided that he was not a fan of masa.
Chuck chose the Camaron Ranchero—a dozen shrimp in La Pagua’s house-made ranchero sauce.
Both of our meals came with rice and refried beans. I am no big fan of refried beans, but I do have to admit that these were above average. But, even though it contained peas and carrots, the rice was a bit bland. But at least Chuck had the ranchero sauce to mix with the white rice.
We finished with an order of sopapillas which I call Mexican Beignets.
Well, we now know where to go for really good Mexican food in Lafayette and award La Pagua 4.0 Addies.
Now if we could just find a good Chinese restaurant here.
To review the role of Adler, Kitty Humbug, and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.