Antojitos el Toril
Update 4/15/12: Antojitos el Toril is closed.
In a word: Not for the chili impaired.
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JM ate the enchiladas rojas with a lemonade.
John ate the enchiladas verdes with an horchata.
Nichole ate the carnitas with an horchata.
The bill was $33, or $11/person, plus tip.
JM and Nichole gave Antojitos el Toril an A; John gave Antojitos el Toril an A- (see our grading rubric).
The moment we disembarked from our car in the small parking lot next to Antojitos el Toril, the smell of fresh tortillas hit us. This warmth set the stage for a welcoming experience. The place was mostly empty when we arrived, but a few other diners filtered in while others came for takeout. During dinner we watched a Spanish-dubbed version of Match Point in the small dining room (formerly of Allie B's).
The salsas were awesome - the thick red version had a lot of fire to it, but no shortage of nuance. Likewise the tomatillo salsa was fresh and surprisingly cooler than its red cousin. JM really appreciated his (slightly watery) lemonade during this course. The chips themselves are a titch thicker than most, but were surely homemade, and therefore yummy.
This is the last known photo of JM's enchiladas rojas. Dinner, we hardly knew ye - the platter was gone in a flash. The enchiladas were very filling and very tasty despite being veggie-friendly (meat is not something JM feels the need to forgo often). The spices built themselves into a fever pitch slowly but with moments of relief and cool, courtesy of the ample cheese, lettuce and sour cream.
John's enchiladas were likewise appreciated, both in quality and quantity. JM had set too high a standard for cleaning off the plate, so the server gave John a jokingly hard time about not having finished his dinner. (John later tried to get Nichole to "forget" her leftovers in his car, but she managed to keep them out of his clutches.)
The high point of John's meal was the homemade horchata. Mm, mm, mm. John would happily come back to Antojitos despite a fierce loyalty, bordering on slavish devotion, to Juanita's Tacos on Rimrock Road (which is not on The List for some reason - we hope it gets added before we get to the J's).
The carnitas plate came with a generous quantity (6) of warm corn tortillas and more pork than Nichole could handle. (Why do other places give you only, like, 3 torillas? Is there a masa shortage we're not aware of?) The small, dark, crispy bits of pork were the best, crackling with goodness. The rice was just like homemade plus some peas and carrots, though the beans were kind of watery.
Don't miss this place, especially on the weekends -- it is just good.