So stopped by la Esquina in Red Bank today for tacos with a friend.
According to google it was closed until next Thursday so I called. They were open.
The place is truly ad hoc, it is a stretch to call it a restaurant or even a bodega with food. It’s literally an eighth of the size of a 7/11. Tiny.
There is a Menu board with no prices posted over the counter.
The one table in the place was occupied. So they folded down a hinged part of the counter and set two stools in front of it.
We ordered 1 each of the bistec, carnitas, Chile relleno and Milanese tacos, so 4 tacos a piece.
They had neither the chicherones nor the lengua, despite these being listed on the board.
The carnitas and bistec:
The Chile relleno and Milanese:
After taking our orders the guys disappeared behind a curtain and the whir and ding of a microwave oven in operation ensued.
The food was good, as were the salsas, so before the microwave there was some home cooking involved.
It was, however, a little disappointing that the tacos were filled out with rice.
The bill was $ 23.52 with no tip and no drink, so around $ 3 a taco.
Overall the food was good so if someone wanted to eat there I would go again. And I’m not a snob, I enjoy getting food in unusual places.
But overall for Mexican this will not replace International Mexican Grocery, el Oaxqueno, or la Valentina in my regular rotation.