Today was errand day, thanks to Rosa Anna’s help. For lunch we ventured to La Oaxaquena, in Avondale.
I liked their chairs:
We liked their food even more! We were brought chips and three types of salsa. The tomatillo
salsa was very good and for me, it was in stiff competition with the lighter colored salsa, which had a bit of punch and smokiness to it. Rosa Anna favored the darker one, which tasted like it had a bit of mushroom in it. They were all good.
Rosa Anna ordered the enchiladas,
which she said were very good.
I ordered the chile relleno.
I ordered one beef and one cheese. One of the things we both noticed is that the wait for the food was a bit longer then what we are accustomed to; it was well worth it, and seemed more freshly prepared than many restaurant dishes. We both concurred the our meal was very, very good and we’d easily go back there again. My dish comes with beans but I prefer not to have them.
On our way to El Targeto, we saw a bakery called Bulldog Bakery, which I’ll talk about in another post. Well, as two girls freshly energized with good food, we were ready to rock and roll, so the parking fairies helped us out and we found a NON-metered spot, and walked over to the bakery. On the way to the bakery we saw this lovely old building:
I loved the gold door!
This of course was in sharp contrast to this house, with doors that Rosa Anna noticed “go no where!”
Hmmm, I remember seeing houses like that where I grew up!
Like many Chicago neighborhoods, what was once one group’s ethnic enclave often transforms into another ethnic enclave. It isn’t difficult to discern that Avondale is less Polish and more Latino and Mexican in terms of its’ population. There were many, many Mexican restaurants and taquerias
in the area, and a few decent sized grocery stores as well.
It was obvious that there was a church that no longer existed in the immediate vicinity of where Rosa Anna parked her car. On one side of the street was a sign, half covered with caked on soot and dirt:
And across the street:
We did a “small” run of purchases at El Targeto, and decided to stop off for a beverage and dessert, and we ended up at Julius Meinl on Lincoln Avenue
. They do a lovely job of presentation, as you can see by Chica Rosa Anna’s Iced Latte.
Check out this red velvet cupcake! I understand the icing was quite wonderful.
I chose to have a piece of flourless chocolate cake, which also had apricot jam inside. It was very good, and I still have half of it in my refrigerator.
I did want to say that we started our Run of the Chicas with a cupcake run to Phoebe’s Cupcakes
, but the bakery that the Chicago Tribune featured as just opened was obviously not ready for customers just quite yet. Apparently that is what happens when you lay off 53 employees and undoubtedly the person who should have verified the place was open was unable to followup.
I was curious as to how they obtained investment funds when I knew there was another gourmet cupcake shop in the neighborhood. We went there after the unsuccessful attempt at cupcakes at Phoebe’s, only to see that Cupcakes on Briar had closed. I know that I was not the only person to have experienced the owner’s frequently poker-faced, personality challenged manners, but his cupcakes were sublime!
I am always saddened to see any small business close, especially one that offered a high quality product. I will miss those cupcakes and I will certainly be looking forward to a more successful run at Phoebe’s! Because the owner at Cupcakes had an unusual way of interacting for someone who deals with the public and sells a pleasure food, the name Cranky Cupcakes came to mind. Perhaps that would have been a better name — there would have been less expectation in the consumer interaction aspect. No matter what, I will miss the high quality product that his bakery provided.
For those of you who might have wondered, “What does Rosa Anna’s car trunk look like when the Run of the Chicas occurs?” Here’s a little hint:
Okay, to be fair, the cat litter and item in the back right part of the trunk was not mine, however, I did pick up some roasts which we already dropped off at my place so we wouldn’t have perishables while we were “on the run.” Aren’t roomy trunks the best??
Taqueria La Oaxaquena
3382 N. Milwaukee Ave