Check Out La Herradura On Summer
Last week, I got a text from my friend Ace. “I found something. I drove by it on Summer. I think it’s a Mexican place we haven’t tried…and I can’t find anything about it online.”
We were excited, because Summer Avenue. We were curious, because we failed to find much info online, other than a place that seemed as though it had closed some time ago.
And so she and I went on Wednesday, in the torrential downpour, to find this mythical thing – a restaurant we’d never heard of and couldn’t anything about online. It’s called La Herradura, which is a name of a tequila, yes, but it also means “horseshoe”.
From the outside, the place is an unassuming part-shop, part-restaurant. Inside, there’s a hallway that leads to a small dining room and several rooms of retail.
As for the main dining room, there were big, spacious booths and a few tables. You order from the server at the table. Later, we paid her directly, but I suspect you might take your check up front usually. La Herradura doesn’t have a liquor license, but they do have beer.
I decided to try a michelada for the first time; it’s a mix of beer (usually Corona or Modela) and clamato, which is a mix of tomato juice, clam broth, and spices. While I haven’t tested it, I feel like this would be the 100 percent perfect hangover cure.
They served three salsas: a standard mild, a salsa verde with a little kick, and a hot one made with roasted peppers. Ace is as much a heat appreciator as I am a heat wimp, and she offers her wholehearted approval – something along the lines of “hurts so good”.
We ordered a ground beef chile relleno at the suggestion of our server; it was served with rice and beans and the chile was topped off with melty cheese dip. Excellent.
We ordered the “sopes y gorditas” too. Below is the sope, which is a fried circle of masa spread with refried beans and topped with chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and sour cream. You can also get it with other kinds of meat. This was probably my favorite thing.
Below is the gordita, which I thought was similar to the sope, components-wise (no sour cream) but the fried masa pieces were thinner and the toppings were sandwiched between two pieces of it.
We also got a barbacoa and a chorizo taco, served in the not-too-Americanized style i.e., cilantro and onions instead of cheese. The chorizo = especially good.
The owner is Patricia Aguilar, and we chatted with her daughter, who told us that the restaurant part of La Herradura opened three months ago, and that the shop part is currently being remodeled and expanded. She says they may have liquor in the future, but will stick with beer for now.
Here is a photo of part of the menu. Notice they also have tortas, fajitas (the server said the Fajita La Herradura was a favorite) and…”anytime breakfast”.
Here are some photos of the shop part. It’s a lot bigger than what’s shown, but two rooms were still being remodeled.
La Herradura is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
4090 Summer Avenue
It’s basically across the street from La Michaocana.