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No struggles at this taquiera: La Lucha

By on March 30, 2014

la lucha

If La Lucha’s name does not give itself away, then its counter could only overemphasize that it is in fact a food joint serving Mexican food. It is nonetheless, a welcome addition in Juana Osmeña, a street that bisects Mango’s seedy bars and Baseline’s newer restaurants in Cebu City’s midtown district.

I was hoping that Jorge Barrita, the Mexican owner, was around to walk me through the menu. He wasn’t, so it took me awhile to decide what to order. I was torn between a burrito, a taco or a quesadilla. “What should be the more ‘Mexican choice’ in an already very Mexican menu,” I asked myself.

After a good few minutes, I settled for a super taco – beans, rice, salsa, cheese, guacamole, sour cream and my choice of meat. The latter, by this time, was a no-brainer.

Lengua,” I said to the cheerful waitstaff before finding a seat.

la lucha - taco

Beef tongue, in my unimportant opinion, should test whether a taquiera knows what it is doing. Done right, it should be unctious and tender. Done wrong, it’s chewy to the point of being inedible. And you certainly don’t want that on your taco.

la lucha 2My ‘beef tongue super taco’ by the way, was utterly fantastic. The lengua cuts were cooked just right, almost melting in my mouth, along with the savory flavors of the guacamole, sour cream and cheese.

I was told that they use Monterey Jack, which did not overpower the taco’s overall taste. Fans of tacos with too much grated Eden cheese, might hopefully turn from their wayward ways once they visit La Lucha.

The waitstaff would later explain that ‘La Lucha’ means ‘struggle.’ I don’t know what Jorge is struggling with, but what I do know is that it did not show up in my taco. It was a happy, unstressed and very delicious one, might I add.

 

La Lucha Taquiera| Facebook Page
Juana Osmeña St, Cebu City
+63 32 238-0469
Opens daily 10 AM – 10 PM. (Fridays, Saturdays they are up until 2:00 AM.)
Menu: Please click here and here

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  1. Reply

    Mustachio

    March 31, 2014

    Hola Señor Cerdito! Que esta muy satisfecho, que escribio el blogpost pronto! (No hablo Español. Yo pataka pataka!) Translation: Hi Mr Piglet! I can see that you are very satisfied that you wrote this blogpost right away. I don't speak Spanish. Nagpataka lang ko! 😀

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      brennan mercado

      March 31, 2014

      Hola Señor Mustachio! It was probably the guacamole that inspired me to write this post in an hour or so. 😉

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    Anonymous

    March 31, 2014

    I was in a struggle to keep my mouth from watering while reading your post. 😀

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      brennan mercado

      March 31, 2014

      Hi. Thanks for dropping by. Welcome to Baktin Corporation. 🙂

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    Anonymous

    March 31, 2014

    And come to think about it, you did struggle at first too on what to order! 🙂

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      brennan mercado

      March 31, 2014

      I did use 'struggle' in my first pass of this blog entry. 🙂

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      brennan mercado

      March 31, 2014

      on second thought, maybe i should have titled this entry as 'no struggles (almost that is) at this taquiera: la lucha | #whenincebu

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    Fred Aries

    July 9, 2014

    I am now craving and drooling…I want to go there. Is this across that Filipino restaurant near Baseline?

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      bren | www.baktincorporation.com

      July 10, 2014

      Yes. Busooog yata if I am not mistaken. Go to Frozen afterwards…

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Brennan Mercado
The Philippines

Brennan is an electronics engineer by profession. From time to time, he gets to travel beyond his office cubicle, try new restaurants or catch up with his terribly long list of unread books. He likes museums, spicy food and talking with habal-habal drivers. For now, he's still deciding on whether to play Pokémon GO or not.

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