Curb appeal is very important when choosing a restaurant for me. I like to think that outside appearance is a good indicator of how good a restaurant is going to be. It might also reveal clue's about cleanliness and taste. Jr's Taqueria along Winter Street NE has a quaint clean appearance upon initial drive by. You can't miss the modest logo on the sign of a sombrero headed hombre waving you in. You should give this place a try if you haven't yet. The first thing you notice as you enter the dining room is the shine bouncing off spotless tables and floors. On a bright day, the surrounding windows offer a nice view of a NE street corner. Open enough that you might feel as if you were dining under a covered patio. The owners here have obviously taken great care to preserve an older store front and turn it into a real treasure in a city that is building strip malls faster than you can find a parking space downtown. The menu is simple with food ranging from $1.50 for a taco to around $6 to $7 for lunch including rice and beans. The carnitas are $6.75 and come with four homemade corn tortillas that are delicious all by themselves. Carnitas are chunks of pork served with cilantro, onion and sliced jalapenos. I don't know if you're supposed to scoop up the meat and toppings into the tortillas, but that's what I do. A squirt of green salsa on top and you're having a great lunch. So good you won't want it to end. For good or for bad, the portion leaves you wanting more but I would have felt this way no matter how high they piled it on my plate. Looking at the picture now, I guess I didn't realize, at the time, how much pork I actually ate. The service was quick and friendly insuring that I will be back to try more from their menu.
1705 Winter Street NE