One of the benefits I perceived in moving to Scottsbluff was the ethnic makeup: according to the 2000 census, 23.6% of Scottsbluff citizens claim Hispanic origin, which means that a lot of Spanish is probably spoken here too. I consider this a plus because one of my life goals is to become somewhat fluent in Spanish. (I have a looong way to go, since I’ve only taken one formal class and am really bad with verb tenses. Oh, and I’m a bit shy about actually using my Spanish skills, which doesn’t help with the learning process. But, I digress . . .) I also consider this a plus because I love Mexican / Tex-Mex / South American food.
I really don’t know much about what is “authentic Mexican” versus the more Americanized Tex-Mex, or about food from the different regions of Mexico and countries further south. But I do know that I like corn and beans and cheese and peppers. I’ve been introduced to ceviche and pupusas, homemade tamales and empanadas. Yum!
There are lots of Mexican/South American-type restaurants in town. Here is a list of likely-sounding candidates from the most recent Scottsbluff phone books (though I suspect several of the establishments have closed):
- Azteca Imperial Restaurant
- Carmen’s Burritos and Restaurant
- El Charrito Restaurant and Lounge
- El Mexicano
- El Mocajete
- Hacienda Los Garcia
- Hillary’s Tamales
- La Plaza Restaurant
- Las Siete Americas
- Mi Paisano Grill
- Mi Ranchito II Restaurant
- Rya Taqueria
- San Pedro
- Sandy’s Burritos
- Taco de Oro
- Taco Town
Locals have strong opinions on which is the best or most authentic Mexican food. I’ll have to check them out myself!
Text copyright 2010 by Katie Bradshaw. Image credit to jeinny at sxc.hu.