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La Fondita: Asi Asi

Posted by GNR 29 Mar 2008 4 Comments

I became very interested in visiting La Fondita (2000 Avondale Drive) after I read about it in TSQ75′s response to BryanZ’s recent critique of Taqueria Lopez on Chowhound. (and this was a rather roundabout way to learn about it, I guess…) It is located next to Compare Foods, a fun grocery store featured in another post on Carpe Durham.

I had a craving for some huevos rancheros this morning, so I decided to check it out. The atmosphere was interesting, with a Christian spin I’ve not noticed in area Mexican restaurants before. They even had Salmos posted on the walls. The chips and salsa that they brought out to start was good. The salsa was scented with lots of herbs and chilis, and had good heat to it.

I’d describe myself as a huevos rancheros enthusiast. I try it at every Mexican restaurant that I frequent. My favorite version of this dish generally involves eggs sunny side up with a spicy red sauce. It is even better if there are a few bits of onion and bell pepper in the sauce so that I can feel as if I’m eating something healthy. I have to say that by this standard, my huevos were only asi-asi. The eggs were cooked all the way through, and they were dotted with a few little globs of cheese and green sauce. Also, I had to ask for the tortillas that normally are served alongside it. I did not bother much with the sides–the rice was dry and the beans were boring. Finally, I was told that there were no desserts available even though the menu listed several, including an interesting-sounding plaintain and sugar cane dessert.

My friend had better luck with her pupusas–one filled with cheese and two with pork. She especially loved the coleslaw they served on the side, and actually wanted to ask for a pound to go.

Bottom line: I might return, but I would stay away from platillos. The menu had a Southern Mexican/Caribbean spin, including dishes such as tapado, a coconut milk/seafood soup that I’d love to try…assuming that they are serving it.


  • TSQ75 said:

    sorry bout that! I usually pass on the Huevos and go for the chilaquiles or Pozole for breakfast if hungover. and they usually have ALL of their caldos available on weekend mornings, as I always see a number of men quietly hunched over their big bowls.

    one thing i’ll say too, it’s definitely not as great since they changed hands about a year ago, and the young girl they have waiting tables in the morning is pretty useless most weekends when we go, always forgetting the tortillas on the side.

    it’s still quite comforting to me, and the only mexican place open before 11am.

    I’ll make it up to ya. ;)


  • carpedurham said:

    Oh, well–thanks for the tip, anyway. Maybe I will check out the chilaquiles the next time I’m feeling adventurous.

    The only Mexican place open before 11 am? Have you ever tried Azteca Grill? I think that they open earlier, plus they have great huevos rancheros, PLUS during weekends they often have a BAND consisting of men wearing cowboy boots and matching button-downs. A merry cowbell accompanies many of their songs.

    Order carefully if you go, though; they have some fairly icky Americanized items on the menu. Also, if they have the caldo de pollo (one of the few I’ve seen in the area), I strongly advise ordering it.


  • TSQ75 said:

    Mexican food is still a fairly new discovery for me, I am of Caribbean descent, and it was pretty alien to me up until 4 years ago when i moved to durham…

    But, at least I can speak spanish at the counter…that makes things easier, but not always…lol

    thanks…I’ll try azteca this weekend!


  • Varmint said:

    I’ve yet to find great huevos rancheros in the area. Please be sure to let us all know when you find a great version!


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