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Sarapes Restaurante

917 Enfield Street, Enfield, CT - (860) 745-7781
Posted By Dave Sacerdote on 8/20/2002 11:46:00 AM
Hungering for something a little more authentic than the offerings at Chic-Chi's and Taco Bell? Serapes Restaurante in Enfield, CT has the answer: homestyle Mexican cooking.

The appetizers on the menu are pretty standard stuff: chips with guacamole, cheese or chicken quesadillas, nachos, chicken wings. But our witress greeted us with a heaping basket of tortilla chips and a bowl of freshly made mild tomato salsa, and we were looking for something more out of the ordinary. So we passed over the appetizers in favor of Tacos de Lengua (beef tongue) and Tacos de Barbacoa (beef lips). The meats differ in texture and flavor, but in both cases are deliciously braised, pulled apart into tender, flavorful chunks, and piled into homemade flour tortillas with a generous dressing of chopped onion and fresh cilantro. They were delicious on their own or dressed with spoonfuls of the salsa. (If you're looking for a ground beef taco, order Tacos de Picadillo, and you'll get your familiar ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese.)

The dinners at Serapes are just as pleasing. Puerco en Pipian featured steamed chunks of tender pork swimming in a delicious green pumpkin seed sauce. The hot, homemade flour tortillas served on the side can be used to wrap up the meat or just sop up the sauce later. Beef Entomatadas brought three tortillas stuffed with shredded beef, lightly spiced in a tomato sauce, drizzled with a sour cream topping. Fans of spicier fare will appreciate the Cecina Enchilada: thin spicy pork cutlets, grilled so that the crispy edges set off the more tender interiors beautifully.

All dinners come with refried beans and rice. Not the sticky, tomato-saucey rice you might expect, but rather a tasty and lightly spiced fried rice with corn and bits of chopped carrots and cilantro. It's so good you might want to order an extra side.

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Our combination plate came with a tamale, a taco, and a delicious chile relleno.
"Our combination plate came with a tamale, a taco, and a delicious chile relleno."
Elaine Haney





Delicious and rich enchiladas Suiza.
"Delicious and rich enchiladas Suiza."
Elaine Haney


The shrimp with garlic were wonderful and came with a fresh and crisp side salad.
"The shrimp with garlic were wonderful and came with a fresh and crisp side salad."
Elaine Haney


The one in the middle just shows up, but if you ask for something spicier, you get the other two.  The green one is super-hot, but the red one is wonderfully smoky and just right!
"The one in the middle just shows up, but if you ask for something spicier, you get the other two. The green one is super-hot, but the red one is wonderfully smoky and just right!"
Elaine Haney


This is an immense portion of pounded pork cutlets, incredibly seasoned.
"This is an immense portion of pounded pork cutlets, incredibly seasoned."
Elaine Haney


A specialty of the house, Puerco en Pipian features boneless chunks of steamed pork in pumpkin seed sauce.  Rice and beans are standard with all lunches and dinners.
"A specialty of the house, Puerco en Pipian features boneless chunks of steamed pork in pumpkin seed sauce. Rice and beans are standard with all lunches and dinners."
Dave Sacerdote


Cecina Enchilada:  Thin cutlets of grilled spiced pork come to the table with rice and beans, and, on the side, a generous pile of homemade flour tortillas soft and hot for wrapping.
"Cecina Enchilada: Thin cutlets of grilled spiced pork come to the table with rice and beans, and, on the side, a generous pile of homemade flour tortillas soft and hot for wrapping."
Dave Sacerdote


Tacos de Lengua (steamed beef tongue) and Tacos de Barbacoa (steamed beef lips) wrap tender braised meat, chopped onion, and a generous sprinkle of fresh cilantro in homemade flour tortillas.
"Tacos de Lengua (steamed beef tongue) and Tacos de Barbacoa (steamed beef lips) wrap tender braised meat, chopped onion, and a generous sprinkle of fresh cilantro in homemade flour tortillas."
Dave Sacerdote


Sopes are tiny little soft open face taco appetizers.
"Sopes are tiny little soft open face taco appetizers."
Elaine Haney


One of the specials on the night we visited was Beef Entomatadas:  Chopped beef in a mildly spicy tomato sauce, rolled in homemade flour tortillas, and topped with sour cream.
"One of the specials on the night we visited was Beef Entomatadas: Chopped beef in a mildly spicy tomato sauce, rolled in homemade flour tortillas, and topped with sour cream."
Dave Sacerdote


Check the board for daily specials which don't appear on the regular menu.  There are always a few delightful surprises.
"Check the board for daily specials which don't appear on the regular menu. There are always a few delightful surprises."
Dave Sacerdote


Inside, you'll find comfortable booths and roomy tables.  Prints, pottery, and decorative items from Mexico give a light and airy south-of-the-border atmosphere to the dining area, which once housed a more run-of-the-mill lunch counter.
"Inside, you'll find comfortable booths and roomy tables. Prints, pottery, and decorative items from Mexico give a light and airy south-of-the-border atmosphere to the dining area, which once housed a more run-of-the-mill lunch counter."
Dave Sacerdote


The inconspicuous storefront on Route 5 in Enfield, CT is easy to miss, but the food inside is well worth the hunt!
"The inconspicuous storefront on Route 5 in Enfield, CT is easy to miss, but the food inside is well worth the hunt!"
Dave Sacerdote



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