Mariscos Playa Azul
A few months back the Mexican grocery store on Silverton Rd NE caught fire and burned to the ground. I happened to be in the neighborhood at the time and was talking to people about the businesses that were in there. If you remember, the sign had like 5 or 6 different names on it. I don't think I could come up with a better way to describe the place then the Mexican grocery store. Anyway, everyone was really sad that the guy that sells the chicken out front wouldn't be there. They said their chicken was the best in town, barbecued in a smoker out front. So the other day, I was driving up Silverton Rd, headed to Salvador's when I noticed smoke pouring out of a bbq in the parking lot next door to my destination. I pulled in to investigate and discovered, with my best broken Spanish, that these are the folks from the burned down grocery store.(I think)
Here's where things went the wrong direction for me. I went to the trailer to order, looking up at the menus on the side. When I say menus, I mean there was at least three different ones posted on the side. It looked like there was maybe three different businesses here? The price for tacos advertised out front, $1, was different from the price on the menu in front of me, $1.50. It really threw me off, so I went into a cautious mode. My default selection at a small Mexican restaurant is a carne asada burrito. Not even seeing it on the menu, I ordered a carne pollo buritto. Somehow they steered me into a "Super Burrito" with chicken for $5.
They must have thought I was some kind of big eater. This thing was huge, full of nice big chunks of that barbecued chicken. Biting into it unleashed a wave of the sauce pouring out the cavity I created with my bite. More napkins became immediately necessary but not easily found on the picnic table I was eating on. I used the ones I had efficiently, but they were not enough, leaving me with gooey hands post meal. I actually didn't eat the whole thing. It wasn't very good. The only reason to finish this thing off, was to satisfy my mother's voice in my head telling me "you have to clean your plate or there will be no dessert."(I wonder why my kids don't have that same voice. I guess I have more work to do with them.)
So, I ate as much of this massive tortilla with meat as I could stand, regretting that I didn't get the 1/4 chicken that I came there for. The chicken that everyone told me was great. Now I'm stuck with a dilemma. Should I go back to this taco stand that I didn't particularly like and try something else on the menu(mind you Salvador's is next door.) or do I cut my losses and try somewhere else? A google search didn't result in an address for this place yet, so I will give you the address for Salvador's, 3790 Silverton Rd. NE. Mariscos is in the parking lot next door on the other side of the bar.
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