After a grueling, busy week at school which left me deprived of a good meal, I headed home to satisfy my massive hunger. As the tremendous rumbles of my stomach were masked by the sounds of the moving car, I racked my brain for possible pit stops where I could sate my cravings. Suddenly, as if she could read my mind, my Mom mentioned a promising Mexican joint called Rincon Taqueria in Norwalk, CT (493 Connecticut Avenue, Norwalk 203-354-7313). As we pulled up to the simple, bare-boned shopping center, which Rincon was located, I was somewhat unimpressed.
I was soon to find out that Rincon, although plain on the outside, contained enormous flavors and delectable food on the inside.
As we entered the restaurant and sat at our table amidst the chill, relaxed vibes of the Rincon wait-staff, we received the much coveted menu. The menu contained only 9 core options, but although limited, these 9 choices are undoubtedly the central dishes to any delicious Mexican feast.
Out of those 9 dishes, we ordered 4 of them. We acquired Fish, Chicken, Beef, and Pork Tacos, a Chicken Empanada, Huevos Rancheros, and Chilaquiles.
As we settled in, we were brought a complimentary starter, an amuse bouche if you will. This starter was a small dish of firm yet tender black beans, wonderfully cooked pellets of white rice, and a smattering of crisp red onions and shredded cilantro. The beans and rice were quite delicious, and the ideal teaser to excite our taste buds for an exceptional evening of eating ahead.
The tacos were unaccompanied by any frills or surprises, they were simply perfect. The tacos were small and provided the consumer with the ideal taste of an absolutely delicious dish. It wasn’t too big to be overbearing, and it wasn’t small enough to be just a nuisance on the plate. Each taco was served amongst it’s taco brothers in glorious corn rings. The meat in each taco was moist, delicate and had a wonderful mouthfeel. They were coated in Rincon’s homemade salsa, and finished off with a light drizzle of cold sour cream and a hefty dusting of crumbled cheese.
The empanada was simply marvelous. The succulent marinated chicken was covered in a pleasant sweet/spicy sauce and exquisitely wrapped in a light, pillowy pastry dough. The empanada was served with a piquant green salsa, which complimented the sweet nature of the dish well.
Huevos Rancheros is a popular Mexican breakfast dish, but it was so tasty at Rincon, that I would have no trouble eating it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Huevos Rancheros were served in a skillet and consisted of two glassy soft boiled eggs, a crisp, salty log of chorizo, a variety of freshly created salsas, and a devilishly delicious mixture of rice and beans. The dish was served with a delectable pool of melted cheese and a sprinkling of soul cream.
The Chilaquiles were the highlight of my meal. The oozing, caldron-like skillet was filled to the brim with crunchy, oily fried tortilla segments (that were covered in a plethora of traditional Mexican toppings). The tortilla segments were covered in oodles of melted cheese, a smattering of salsas, a crispy, oily piece of chorizo, and two delicate soft boiled eggs. The dish was wonderful, and I would highly recommend giving it a try.
Rincon is truly a hidden gem, and anyone who is lucky enough to grace its path is in for a delicious meal. The prices are low, the portions huge, the service pleasant, and the food is awesome — what’s not to love? I give it ZZZZ- 4 Z’s – Yum!