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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Ethnic.city: Gorditas La Rancherita

click to enlarge PARTY HEARTY: The caldo de re at Gorditas La Rancherita
  • PARTY HEARTY: The caldo de re at Gorditas La Rancherita

Don't be embarrassed when the door slams behind you at Gorditas La Rancherita (2055 Beaver Ruin Road, Norcross, 678-206-0107). It happens to everyone. The shades are always drawn, lending the restaurant a tinge of sketchiness, and the hard booths aren't too kind on the rear. The drawbacks end there.

In our taco saturated culinary landscape, Gorditas' range of real-deal Mexican especialidades is a blessing. Chilaquiles is one of the most popular breakfast dishes in Mexico; old tortillas are repurposed by being fried to a slight crisp and slathered in a spicy salsa. Gorditas makes theirs with smoky red or acid green salsa. Chilaquiles is often served with sliced ham; here, they're topped with two fried eggs (or your preferred preparation), creamy refried beans, and what has to be the most authentic-tasting (it actually tastes like tomato – not bouillon) Mexican-style rice in Atlanta.

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