Mexican food was on the menu for lunch today. I had take-out from La Hacienda Real in Keizer. I’m not especially well versed in Mexican food, but I occasionally get a craving. I ordered the Chicken en Mole and a shredded beef tamale.
It wasn’t the best looking lunch, but the portions were sizable. I also liked that they came in environmentally-friendlier containers. The Chicken en Mole wasn’t bad, the chicken was pretty dry, it was cut into little strips, but the sauce was pretty tasty. The rice and beans it came with also had good flavor.
My shredded beef tamale was decent; the meat was tender and well seasoned. I would have enjoyed more of it. I ended up with an excess the starchy dough.
I think that the most exciting thing about my meal was probably the chips and salsa. Their salsa had just the right amount of spice and it is tasted fresh and flavorful.
I’ve heard so many good things about this place, and I just don’t get it. I was really expecting to be blown away by the Mole. Maybe they were just having an off day?