Friday, June 3, 2011

Tacos in Paris??

Ok, I had scheduled this blog for later this month, but after the article in the NY Times I decided to move this post up in the schedule.

The menu

The sign- you may miss it

That's it- the whole place

The tacos and tostadas

More tacos

The homemade guacamole and chips

Up close and personal

Fillings made fresh daily

Homemade shells

Brownies made fresh


The sign leading to Candelaria
In the land of some of the best food in the world there are some surprises. When planning a week long trip to Paris one can only imagine the wine, cheese, bread, croissants and pastries to eat and that are out of this world. But, after several days of all the rich food I get cravings. It is usually for bacon and eggs but this time it was Mexican.
I had read several blogs that had discussed the lack of ethnic restaurants, in particular Mexican. I read the blogs that listed many good and authentic Mexican places all over town. When deciding which one, our group settled on Candelaria.
The meat and spices cooking wafted down the street and led us to it. There is no big sign and if it wasn't a neon taco sign we would have missed it And we did. It is a cozy true Mexican taqueria. Candelaria is located in the 5th district and is a very,very small place.
It has one table that seats 4-5 and a bar with more seating. The menu is written on a piece chalkboard with the types of tostadsa, and tacos for the day. There are homemade brownies in a tray on the counter. The tortillas are made fresh as well as  the fillings. We ordered the tostadas and the tacos. The homemade salsa added some heat but not overwhelming spice.We arrived early 5:30 and had the place to ourselves. We sat at the only table, not the only available table, the only table and order the food. We would have to wait as the food was served when it was ready. The surprise of the place is the door at the back of the restaurant this door leads you to a secret bar serving up secret cocktails.
Go for the food stay for the cocktails.

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