Why? El Carnicero!

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So, I had a craving, a hankering, a need for some margaritas and guacamole. Maybe I just needed to pretend it was warm or I was in Mexico or something. And I didn’t want just any margaritas and guacamole. I wanted a spicy mango margarita with chili-lime salt and corn and crab guacamole.

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Now, I’ve always loved me some Momocho. But I had yet to check out Momocho’s Lakewood brother, El Carnicero. So Mom and I had dinner there last night. And I found that El Carnicero has Momocho favorites, but also tasty tamales and a whole lot more tables.

After eating our body weight in the corn and grab and goat cheese and tomato guacamoles, we dove into our entrees. I had the chancho tamale, which features adobo braised wild boar.

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The wild boar is not at all gamey. It was tender and flavorful and, as you can see, more than enough food. Mom chose the pescado taquitos, with Thai chile mahi mahi and a side of esquites (Mexican creamed corn.)

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The fish was flaky and perfectly-done, but could have used a bit more heat from the Thai chile sauce. The corn, on the other hand, packed a ton of spice!

El Carnicero has the same decor that you’ve come to expect from Momocho, but in a more cavernous space. The vibe is less intimate than Momocho, but the food and service are just as spot on.

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I definitely had my margarita and guacamole craving satisfied and left further convinced that Momocho/El Carnicero are serving up the best and most creative Mod Mex in town!

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