El Paso II
71 S Washington Ave
I hate it when favorite restaurants of mine close. Sometimes, it just plain happens without warning, and then you get this horrible empty feeling inside that you’ll never be able to experience that kind of food prepared that exact same way again
Recently, this happened when Mi Pueblo Grocery in Bergenfield recently closed down. Mi Pueblo had become an important spot for me, a place where I could go and grab a quick and cheap lunch in-between my usual home office workday drudgery of preparing system integration proposals and focusing my otherwise food-obsessed mind on more mundane, technical matters. And it was one of the few places locally I could go and buy avocados that were already ripened and get a number of staples used in Latino cooking without having to get on line at the supermarket or drive more than 5 minutes away.
Fortunately, what happened was simply a change of ownership, and the people that took over I already knew — they owned another Mexican grocery in Englewood — El Paso, a much smaller place on Palisade Ave but with equally good Tacos. In some respects, I actually think a few of their items are better, such as their Cecina.
While the food has not changed radically, Here are El Paso II’s tacos, however, for points of comparison:
El Paso II’s tacos have all the trimmings you expect from an authentic Mexican taco, but they also put guacamole on it, which I think is a nice touch.
Carne Enchilada Taco
Cecina Taco (aged beef)
Chicken Quesadilla. These are griddle cooked instead of deep fried.
The store now has a freezer selection of Paletas, made by El Paleton in Passaic. Paletas are Mexican ice cream and ice pops, and they are quite good.