Nov. 24, 2009 restaurant of the day...caramelo?

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tcrouzer
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Nov. 24, 2009 restaurant of the day...caramelo? - Tue, 11/24/09 7:07 AM
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So what exactly is a caramelo pictured in this day's restaurant review? The image shows small corn tortillas(?) topped with cheese(?) and meat(?) that is then dressed with salsa or pico de gallo? Searches do not bring up anything related to this food item. Is this specific to just this restaurant? Would love some further information, please.

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Re:Nov. 24, 2009 restaurant of the day...caramelo? - Tue, 11/24/09 7:28 AM
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Caramelo translates as candy; but throughout Tucson (and maybe beyond -- I don't know), it refers to a sort of super quesadilla -- a grilled tortilla sandwich with cheese and either beef or chicken inside. It generally comes plain, and it's up to the customer to apply whatever salsas, peppers, etc. desired at the condiment bar. Do we have a a Sonoran-food expert who can help explain?

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Re:Nov. 24, 2009 restaurant of the day...caramelo? - Tue, 11/24/09 8:08 AM
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I think it's an extremely regional meaning. Here is the best I could find:
A Beginner's Guide to Real Mexican Tacos


Popular Real Mexican Taco Combinations

Taco de carne asada - Taco made of grilled meat
Taco caramelo - Taco of grilled meat with melted Chihuahua, Manchego or any kind of melting cheese
Taco de pastor - Taco made of marinated meat, grilled onions and pineapple
Taco de tripa - Taco of the cow's udder... yeah, it sounds gross, but it's really tasty
Taco rasurado - Taco made of grilled meat from the rib






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Re:Nov. 24, 2009 restaurant of the day...caramelo? - Tue, 11/24/09 8:58 AM
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I must be in an alternate universe.

Today is November 24th, 2009, and the Restaurant of the Day is Reo's Ribs, and the photo is of ribs.


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Re:Nov. 24, 2009 restaurant of the day...caramelo? - Tue, 11/24/09 9:07 AM
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MD -- It is likely El Guero Canelo will be tomorrow's Restaurant of the Day. I just posted the review this morning, and my understanding of the Magic 8-Ball computer logic that chooses Restaurant of the Day is that it first goes for "most recently posted," and if that's already been Restaurant of the Day, it finds one at random from past posts.

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Re:Nov. 24, 2009 restaurant of the day...caramelo? - Tue, 11/24/09 9:24 AM
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I must be in an alternate universe. Today is November 24th, 2009, and the Restaurant of the Day is Reo's Ribs, and the photo is of ribs.


Haha, I was wondering the same.

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Re:Nov. 24, 2009 restaurant of the day...caramelo? - Tue, 11/24/09 9:47 AM
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Thank you, Don.

I was about to go search for a second board area that I must have been missing.

MiamiDon
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Re:Nov. 24, 2009 restaurant of the day...caramelo? - Tue, 11/24/09 10:11 AM
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Thank you for the explanation, Michael.  I wondered how the choice was made.

Now if I can only figure out why the order of the Latest Restaurant Reviews sometimes mysteriously changes....

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Re:Nov. 24, 2009 restaurant of the day...caramelo? - Tue, 11/24/09 7:31 PM
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Days/Dates aside, Reo's Ribs are outstanding!

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Re:Nov. 24, 2009 restaurant of the day...caramelo? - Tue, 11/24/09 9:59 PM
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MiamiDon


Thank you for the explanation, Michael.  I wondered how the choice was made.

Now if I can only figure out why the order of the Latest Restaurant Reviews sometimes mysteriously changes....


That was me.  I noticed a typo in the Niecie's review.  I corrected it, and when I saved my changes it became the most recent review.

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Re:Nov. 24, 2009 restaurant of the day...caramelo? - Tue, 11/24/09 11:06 PM
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Sorry folks! Just had a little senior moment there when I posted my question about the caramelo. This restaurant was indeed listed under the Latest Restaurant Reviews. So it is a small tortilla sandwich of sorts? Whatever....looks delicious!