Saturday, December 19, 2015

Sometimes, You Get Distracted, And You Need Tacos And Pizza And Ice Cream To Shake You Out

Sometimes, you get distracted, and you need tacos, pizza and ice cream shake you out of it.

It's been a nice fall, but life kept me away even from the fun stuff like HowChow.  It's like Lil' Chow ignoring the Bon Chon fried chicken because he was mesmerized by the television.  Football that he clearly can't understand.

But then people plied me with enough great food that I needed to come back.  Expect short posts.  I'm still working a hobby blog into the new reality.

First up -- R&R Taqueria is moving, expanding and then being replaced by a burger joint in the Shell station.  Junior Barnes left a comment with the announcement last week.  The new R&R will be next door to its current gas station location.  The R&R Taqueria Web site says the new location -- with 126 seats and a party room -- will open in late December or early January "where the Jessup Lhasa is."

I'm actually not 100% sure what that means.  The Shell station sits next to a strip shopping center.  Down the road is new construction, but I don't think it has commercial spots.

Can anyone describe where the new restaurant will go?

(Update:  Through the magic of tweets, Rodrigo told me that the new restaurant will replace the Jessup Deli.  That's a big space.  I'm psyched.)

I personally will be psyched.  I love the R&R food.  Touting the tacos highlighted by reader Alberto Flores has been one of my favorite parts of this blog.  But I ate those tacos sitting at one of the few stools or balancing a delicious tray in my car.  That's not an option when I'm looking for weekend lunch with Lil' Chow so I'll look forward to introducing him to more good stuff -- with a high chair and no televisions to distract him.

Thanks to everyone who has left comments or sent me emails.  I appreciate.  I love the blog.  I love that people enjoy it.  I have been spotting ideas all fall, just never could make the time to sit at the keyboard.  I'm just starting to work through the tips and emails, and I will reply.

Check out the R&R Taqueria Web site for the announcementChef Rodrigo Albarran-Torres says he'll turn the current taqueria into a new restaurant with burgers, wings, fries, milkshakes and other items.  He is also working on a cookbook!

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Welcome Back! I've really missed the updates - any word on when Mission BBQ is opening on Route 40?

EGKate said...

I wonder if maybe Jessup Lhasa is a typo and they mean Jessup Plaza? I noticed the announcement also referred to "shift Rod" instead of "chef Rod," so I'm thinking there may be some autocorrect funkiness happening.

Welcome back, I'm looking forward to new posts, even if they're short!

Zevonista said...

Snake Pliskin? We thought you were dead!

Yeah, I also found "Jessup Lhasa" confusing. I was kind of annoyed there was a Tibetan place nearby that I had never tried! I like the "typo" explanation!

kevlar51 said...

Have you had a chance yet to try Taqueria Los Primos? The yellow truck with picnic tables and grass umbrellas at the corner of Rt. 1 and Guilford. They're my favorite spot now. Al Pastor on the spit--can't find that anywhere else around here. But try their carnitas gorditas(amazing).

Steve said...

Taqueria Los Primos just opened a brick and mortar restaurant in Laurel, going south on Rt.1. They have had an "opening soon" sign up since early fall. Can't remember what was there before, but I saw the "OPEN" sign as we drove by today. Can't wait. They have been my favorite all summer and fall. It will be interesting to see what they can do with a sit down place. The gorditas are good, but I like the gringas as well, al pastor. Suerte!

HowChow said...

Steve -- Any more about where on U.S. 1? On the western (southbound) side of the road, I figure. But is this north or south of Main Street? I really want to go.

Steve said...

Update.It is southbound, the driveway just before the Super 8 Motel, north of Main. We stopped in for lunch on Monday, not my favorite day to eat out. The menu is the same, but slightly pricier. Then again, my plate with four tacos was heavily garnished with radishes, avocado slices. The al pastor meat in the tacos was dry, but it was Monday after all. The beef tongue was excellent. The gringa was better than at the food truck. No new menu items, yet.

Jeff A said...

Just found out that El Hidalgo in Elkridge closed. Not sure when. Sad but inevitable. They never fired on all cylinders after a good start. I hear and Indian place might be coming there, but thats rumor only. Can anyone confirm?

Rob said...

If you would like to visit the Google streetview view of the new Taqueria Los Primos, here the shortened link from Google - https://goo.gl/qI8aiO

Rob said...

It's the old Fat Daddy's location.

Monica said...

R&R Taqueria is open in the new spot now. When we were there today, they said they'd been open about 2 weeks.

Rob said...

Be careful if you call in an order for carry out. The phone is answered at the old R&R. When I called in a lunch order, they told me they were out of certain things like al pastor, but when I went to the new store, there it was on the spit. I paid at the new store and walked over to the old one to get my order. Rodrigo said the new number should be transferred soon.