indian tacos in Billings – food

Downtown Billings Montana still has a personal flavor. In the suburbs one finds the usual ubiquitous chain stores and restaurants, but downtown there are the privately owned galleries and eateries. We used a recommendation from a young lady at a vintage shop to find Don Luis Mexican restaurant for dinner.

The home-made jalapeno poppers were just right ( although they looked like small airplanes )… and then we followed up with Indian tacos, one of my favorites.

Not some giant space alien -- home-made jalapeno poppers

Not some giant space alien — home-made jalapeno poppers

Standard taco toppings on Indian flat-bread makes an Indian taco. The flat-bread is thick, fried and has a bit of sweetness, and it makes the perfect base for a taco. Here it was enough for us to split and have two of us full and satisfied. We don’t find Indian ( American ) flatbread much in the more eastern states, so it’s always a double delight to find it.

Tacos on Indian Flat Bread

Tacos on Indian Flat Bread


Bien Trucha – food ( mexican heaven )

What makes a almost perfect day ? Start with a 25 mile bike ride along the DuPage River with your favorite oldest daughter ( favorite youngest is off to France and Kenya ) return for a shower and a spot of a nap then head over to a little Mexican place for an avocado margarita.

A friend has recommended Bien Trucha for its drinks and I was expecting a typical Mexican fare. Our first warning was the line at 5:00 to get in. We were in no hurry, and they entered us in on their Ipad and told us they would text us in about fourty five minutes. People after us were waiting over two hours for a spot in this little forty seat restaurant. Off we went to window shop at the stores in the town.

waiting up to two hours for a table in upscale Geneva of Chicagoland ?

waiting up to two hours for a table in upscale Geneva of Chicagoland ?

Just as expected, our text arrived and we were seated in the tight but conformable quarters. It’s loud and full of bustling servers who pay constant attention to your every need. No ordinary Mexican fare, I wouldn’t call it fusion, but it was close… we ordered tapas style and let the waitress and cook space out our food… but first avocado margaritas… I didn’t know what to expect, but they were smooth and wonderful!

avocado ?  trust me it works!

avocado ? trust me it works!

We had the guacamole of the day, with watermelon cubes mixed throughout. It was zesty and each time you hit a little watermelon cube it bust of sweetness… wonderful

wonderful watermelon bursts of pleasure..

wonderful watermelon bursts of pleasure..

Then our courses arrived — steak tacos with sauces on top ( outstanding ), cheesy rice and corn — I swear cheesy rice stands toe to toe against risotto as the best way to serve rice, and the corn was addictive, daughter and dad eyed each other for the last bite…

bien_t_steak

Then tilipia tacos with coleslaw, fresh breaded fish – and then prawn tacos with an assortment of mayo. These reminded me of sushi.

tilapia in the best delivery system

tilapia in the best delivery system

shrimp, with a sushi feel

shrimp, with a sushi feel

Finally, mostly stuffed we opted so share a piece of cake with powdered sugar on top and a reduced tequila sauce…. the absolute compliment to a wonderful meal.
bien_t_cake

We left so surprised ( this not your normal Mexican ) and satisfied with our discovery of a culinary treasure.

Almost perfect day? Well don’t forget the sunscreen on a long bike ride…


zapatista mexican restaurant – food

So Monster ( his cycling club nickname ) and I decided to try Mexican for lunch. Read the rest of this entry »