2891 E Broadway, Vancouver BC V5M 1Y9
Every few weeks I get this hankering for Mexican food, I don’t know what it is but I can’t help it. And since the borders are closed and I’m unable to go to my favourite Mexican eatery of all time, I was happy to support local and get some take-out from a nearby joint: Vallarta’s.
This restaurant has been around for over 14 years and has had this lovely lady cooking Mexican food in the back since its beginning. She barely spoke English but always pumped out really tasty and authentic food. As I learned from my latest visit, new owners had taken over a few months ago. I was curious to see if they could uphold her standard.
It was an early Friday evening and we were ready to get our eat on. We ordered some take-out and headed over to Vallarta’s for pick-up. The new owners chatted with us while we waited for our food, which took only a few minutes after our arrival. Our bag was loaded and they offered some extra sauces (a quick way to my heart). We got home and tore open our flautas, enchilada, and tamale without a beat.
My order came with three chicken flautas (my go-to choice) which were tasty and crunchy but didn’t have much seasoning. They were larger than usual which was nice bonus and came with a lively salad topped with housemade guacamole, fluffy Mexican rice, and refried beans. The portion of the sides were generous and I couldn’t finish them. My highlight outside of the flautas was the guacamole – it was creamy, well-seasoned and had tons of added veggies, similar to a pico de gallo.
My partner ordered a chicken enchilada but got a beef one instead, he didn’t mind the mistake. His enchilada was heavily topped with cheese and also a huge portion. His order came with the same sides, along with both red and green enchilada sauce. The beef was on the drier side and has some chewy gristle parts but the flavour was nice. The sauces helped give it some additional moisture and a mild kick.
The Salvadorian-style chicken tamale was on the wet side and I found the masa very creamy. The filling included chickpeas which was interesting. This wasn’t my favourite tamale as it was mostly dough and quickly turned mushy while eating.
As I mentioned, we were offered multiple sauces so I wanted to give them a little love. The crema was delicious – not too salty and perfect for dipping my flautas in. The red salsa was mild and nice to enhance the Mexican flavour. The green salsa was spicy but had no other flavour (think straight pepper juice).
Overall, it was a decent meal and satisfied my craving. For me, Mexican food is like a bad habit or an old flame I keep going back to, except it’s delicious and aside from some corn and extra calories, I never have any regrets.
- Chicken Salvadorian Tamale $3.50
- Chicken Flautas $14.50
- Beef Enchilada $14.50
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