Friday, April 27, 2007
Plentiful portions, good food. Dad and I found Celia's Mexican American Restaurant off the beaten path in San Rafael, near Marin's only remaining bowling alley. It's not very inviting from the outside, the windows house succulents which have fallen every which way. It looks rather old and dusty, but it's worth it to overcome any hesitations if you would like good Mexican food with hearty portions. The interior is well-worn, but has a old-style feel with comfortable seating with folksy carved wood booths.
After a bit of a wait (locals seem to line up for this place), we were seated and immediately were served chips and salsa -- the salsa was freshly prepared and the taste indicated so.
Dad tried the Pollo en Crema, which was chicken breast in a spicy sour cream sauce with generous portions of rice/beans and fresh corn tortillas on the side.
I tried something I hadn't ever had before, Sopapitos. These were English muffin sized ground corn boats filled with beans, grilled chicken and topped with cheese, lettuce, salsa and sour cream. Very good, but very filling and I took one home for another time.
I am getting ready to see some last Chicago sites before heading off to the airport, just as the sky is clearing from rain here! Chicago's a great town.