El Cabrito fills you up with tasty food

Recently, someone told me about Taqueria El Cabrito ("The Goat") and I made my first visit this week.

The tables were occupied by families, couples and workmen in Dickies and workboots -- all speaking Spanish. But it nevertheless warmly welcomes Anglophones who have to ask for translations of the daily specials.

The food is homey, plentiful and tasty. It's not glitzy and it's not showy, but it's good. I had the nopales, which were grilled and sliced up and tossed with onions (to me it recalled the peppers and onions I fry to toss on an Italian sausage!) and served with rice and beans and lettuce on the side. Some corn tortillas allowed me to roll it all up. Hearty, filling and delicious.

A friend had a pork in green sauce special that came with all the same fixins.

When I moved to Milwaukee in the early '80s and lived on 15th and Greenfield for nearly a decade, the El Cabrito space was a dark corner tavern spinning country and western tunes on its juke box. Later it hosted the second -- and much more widely-known -- location of the fantabulous Atotonilco Restaurant. I was partial to the original space on Scott Street, however, because it was small and intimate, felt like a secret and was maybe 250 yards from my back door.

El Cabrito reminds me a lot of Atotonilco, with its friendly staff, good food and guileless presentation. Although I like a fancy meal with all that accompanies it once and a while, to me the best restaurants are the ones like El Cabrito; the ones run by people who want to fill you up with good food and make sure you leave happy.

Talkbacks

quijote | Jan. 16, 2007 at 9:09 p.m. (report)


I love El Cabrito, though I hope the attention doesn't turn it into a La Perla or La Fuente wannabe. Every time I go I get the birria, their goat stew. Qu divina! I think I'll go there this weekend....

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Taco Maniac | Jan. 11, 2007 at 11:24 a.m. (report)

This is a great place!! But, damn, my secret is out.

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