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Mendoza Taqueria is not your typical Mexican restaurant. It’s typically Mexican, not Mexican-American, and that means north-of-the border gringo standards like chips and salsa, burritos and nachos don’t appear on the menu. I knew this going in, but old habits die hard, and I reflexively asked for chips and salsa. Disculpame.
What the restaurant does serve is a lot more interesting than what it doesn’t. Mendoza specializes in the food of Michoacan, particularly that of Apatzingan, a city in central Michoacan that has sadly become battleground in Mexico’s drug wars. But the state is known for good food, too.