Monday, October 08, 2012

Ruben's Mexican Food

Ruben's Mexican Food, aka Ruben's Crepes, is a little shop on Charles Street in Federal Hill, but I know it best as a farmers' market stand, and provider of many of my Tuesday lunches.

Ruben's has both sweet and savory crepes and a handful of Mexican street foods like burritos and quesadillas. But what I enjoy most are the tacos - griddled corn tortillas filled with a choice of ground beef, chorizo, chicken, or carnitas and topped with a ladle of fresh pico de gallo and cilantro. They're a bit too sloppy to pick up and eat; I use a knife and fork so I don't dribble chorizo grease onto my reading material.

Unlike some of the fancier truck-produced tacos in town, Ruben's are simple, yet extremely savory. The meat is nicely seasoned and doesn't need to rely on fancy sauces to give it flavor. Speaking of sauces, Ruben's hot sauce is dynamite - and available by the bottle. The smoky stuff gives a great kick that intensifies with each taste, but is nicely tempered with a bit of sour cream.

I'm disappointed that I'll only be able to eat them until November, when the UMB farmers' market closes for the season.

Ruben's Crepes
1043 S Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
(443) 756-0667

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