If I hadn’t had the tongue I might have picked one of the two mole sauce dishes, chicken or enchiladas, or maybe the cochinita pivil especial ($9/$14), shredded achiote-flavored pork perked up with a freshly squeezed orange and vinegar sauce. There are also seafood choices, from fried tilapia to shrimp sautéed with chipotle sauce or marinated in garlic and grilled. Some items are offered only on weekends, such as shrimp ceviche ($13) and traditional menudo and pozole soups ($7/$10).

Vegetarian? Well, anything filled with chicken can be filled with cheese instead; enchiladas, chile rellenos, and burritos are so suggested on the menu, as well as vegetarian fajitas ($10/$14). They won’t let vege-heads go hungry here.

If you restrain yourself and have room for dessert, there are several opportunities, from traditional flan and fried dough sopapillas to gringo-accommodating bananas Foster and chocolate fudge cake. What the heck. Go for it.

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