Friday, November 1, 2013

La Esperanza Restaurant

La Esperanza Restaurant on UrbanspoonLike barbeque, Mexican food seems to be fairly regional.  Out west there's a lot of hatch chili, corn and black beans.  It's not a cuisine I recognize.

In Texas, where I grew up, Mexican food means Tex-Mex.  It's heavy on the shredded cheese, flank steak, shredded chicken, seasoned ground beef, refried pinto beans, jalapeno and cumin.  Margaritas flow like water.  Fajitas and chimichangas are both Tex-Mex inventions - and I grew up on them.  Since moving to Florida, I've been missing my local fare and what I thought was a festering case of homesick was actually just Tex-Mex withdrawal.

Fortunately, I discovered La Esperanza.  It's true Tex-Mex, or as close as you can come without a trip back to Fort Worth.  I won't worry about how many people like it or how popular it is.  If you like Tex-Mex, you'll like this place.  If you don't care for this variant of Mexican cusine, you might not.  All I can say is that this is an accurate version of Tex-Mex, the food is delicious, and it's consistent.  I like it.