|Restaurante Carácuaro (Web photo)
We passed the restaurant during several more bus trips, and some Web research yielded sparse results. All we knew was that it featured La Comida De La Tierra Caliente. A comparison with the venerable Fonda Marceva in Morelia Centro is inevitable.
It wasn't until last Thursday, September 22, that we joined our friends Peter and Tere for comida at the Carácuaro.
The dining rooms are somewhat "downmarket" but not unattractive. We chose to go up to the mezzanine dining area to escape the street noise coming into the screened windows as well as the tv blaring near the bar.
|Main dining room
Peter tried the aporreadillo, a traditional dish of la Tierra Caliente of shredded dried beef, scrambled eggs and a picante salsa. He reported that it wasn't his favorite version, for the reason, among others, that the salsa was too soupy.
Doña Cuevas had Mole de Pollo. Oddly, only thighs and legs were available. The mole was good, but not outstanding. It came with a side of the most peculiar corundas we'd ever seen. They were flat and wrapped in banana leaves. Unfortunately, the masa was dense, salty and completely unappealing.
I wanted to compare the Frito de Puerco with that I'd had at Fonda Marceva. In either case, it's a lusty sort of dish of fried pieces of pork, some with bone, in a picante, brick-red sauce. This was better than anything else I tried, yet the version served at Fonda Marceva had more complexity, and above all, less grease. The accompanying rice was dreadful, mushy and overcooked. I think it was a reheated leftover. The frijoles were just "o.k.".
|Frito de Puerco
Afterwards, Tere and Peter shared a small portion of flan that looked pretty good. I had a cafe de olla that was richly brewed. It was a a good dessert.
Our earnest and sincere waitress did a good job, but her service was unpolished.
Here's the score, from my point of view.
Price: $-$$ Our bill was $536 pesos, before tip. Inexpensive.
Ambience: Eclectic clutter. Noisy. Less so upstairs.
Rest rooms: Downstairs men's room needed attention, but was tolerable. Upstairs ladies' room lacked drain pipe from hand sink to main drain.
Would I go again? Maybe, to try the Mole de Olla, (weekends only), the uchepos, and a few other items.
There's also a mariscos menu, something I would not be tempted to order, and a breakfasty menu of chlaquiles, huevos and the usual.
Periférico Independencia No. 3067 Fracc. Mariano Michelena Morelia, Mich.
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Live Music Advisory: there was a small group preparing to perform as we were leaving at around 3:00 p.m.
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