Tex-Mex chauvinist

Only arrogant New Yorkers would confuse calamari and quesadillas; and, yes, Rafa's has the real thing

Shrimp enchiladas were topped with succulent shrimp; the corn tortillas stuffed with rather dry flaky crab, topped with a wonderful, rich ranchera-type sauce with corn, onions, and tomatoes. Tacos al carbon, another '70s favorite, were excellent, the meat tender and the powdery flour tortillas thick and fresh, a contrast to the manufactured-looking corn ones. A cup of bean soup (frijoles de la hoya) was smoky, hot, delicious. Yellow rice held bits of mushrooms, almonds, tomato, and peas. Sopapillas may be had plain or topped with strawberries or apple slices.

Not a calamari in sight. Which reminds me of the opening subject.
I can sum it up humbly, sans attitude: Everyone knows Texas has the ultimate Mexican food.

Rafa's Cafe Mexicano, 5617 Lovers Lane, 357-2080. Open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

Rafa's Cafe Mexicano:
Botanita Platter $8.95
Merida Platter $7.25
Carnolas $9.50
Tacos al Carbon $7.75
Flautas de Pollo $7.75

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