Last week was my fall break, so I had a four day weekend. This was a good chance to get caught up, although when I went to my office on Tuesday I was shocked that no one else was there. On Tuesday at lunchtime, the day got a bit more exciting. A person in my new town seemed to be excited about going to a Mexican store and restaurant in a nearby town called Ottawa – she had spent some time in Ciudad Juárez. So we went in search of some delicious food.
The Mexican store and restaurant, both called Lucero’s, were closed. Because it was Tuesday. And there were no posted hours, nor could we call the number for the store or the restaurant (they are attached to one another) because AT&T didn’t have service there. And neither of us had Verizon. This was disappointing because the store looked very Mexican: the Virgin of Guadalupe and San Judas Taddeo (St Jude Thaddeus) featured prominently, and in the restaurant, a handwritten sign advertised the day’s aguas frescas (fresh fruit juice). This was perhaps the most disappointing thing to miss.
The trip redeemed itself through a delicious lunch at another Mexican restaurant. I had tacos al pastor, which were not the best tacos al pastor I have ever had, but they were decent. Unlike Tu Pueblo (the Mexican restaurant in Bluffton) they were made out of pork, and came on small corn tortillas. I would say that they were on par with tacos from the Salón Corona in Mexico City. I will return Ottawa for more tacos. Hopefully from Lucero’s.