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Sarapes Restaurante

917 Enfield Street, Enfield, CT - (860) 745-7781
Posted By Elaine Haney on 5/30/2008 6:49:00 PM
A large group of us had quite a blowout at Sarapes recently. Even the NYC-types in the group were impressed. Though the tab may seem high, there was quite a bit of alcohol consumed and, contrary to the original review on this site, they now have a full liquor license and make wonderful margaritas, and feature top-notch imported beers.

The food is fabulous, guacamole is made fresh to order, and Mama Berta is a delight. Upon request, the standard salsa is supplemented with two extra spicy salsas: green OMG salsa, and red salsa that is just right, and really smoky and delicious.

Everyone around the table was blown away by their entrees, and I've uploaded a bunch of pictures that I tried to take, although I missed a few. I personally had the shrimp with garlic (I can't remember the actual Mexican name; mariscos con ajo?) Anyhow, they were heavenly; the garlic slices were sweet and the shrimp were fresh and tender. Couldn't have been better!

Ignore the fact this place is in a strip mall and looks dicey. Just go.

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Scorecard

3 - Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Salsa
Mexican Pounded Pork
Shrimp with Garlic
Combination plate
Puerco en Pipian
Sopes
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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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