Posted: Apr 11, 2008 10:45 pm
I have noticed a decline in the food over maybe the last year or so, but can't quite put my finger on it. Anybody with me on this?
i'm with you on this.
i said this in the other mexican food thread... sonoran cuisine (beans/rice/goopy cheese that most people think is Mexican Food) is pretty average-to-mediocre on a good day anyway. out of all the regional cuisines mexico has to offer, its the one lacking in character. add to that having to churn it out in the volumes that los compadres has to... quality declines fast.
2 common short cuts for volume feeding that equal bleh sonoran cuisine:
1) using anything other than lard to make refried beans (ie: getting them out of a can already "refried") results in flavorless, texture-less brown sludge
2) cheap cheese (ie: low quality - made w/ vegetable oil/shortening - as in "cheese product" rather than a dairy product)
don't know if this is los compadres' practice, but more likely than not, they're not using lard in their beans. i got their tamales once, and the masa was too dry for my preference and the meat inside not as tender as it should have been.
mostly, their food is not spicy enough for me, but that could be just me. the lack of flavorful fire in mexican food gets a big thumbs down.
the margaritas (not frozen) and chips/salsa are alright and completely potable and snackable, and i do love the cheese dip, not matter how velveeta-like it is.