GromNom – La Fonda – Harlingen, TX

I am on a mission to eat at all the Food Trailers in my surrounding area for lunch. This mission is part of the all new GromNom food series.  

Today’s GromNom trip took me to F Street in Harlingen, TX. I think every town has an F Street. I don’t mean the name, but the type of street. These streets have everything. Tortillerias, Car Washes, Meat Markets, Appliance Repair Shops, Mechanics, Tire Shops, Mexican Food Trailers etc etc. You’d think this is a long strip, but it’s not. It is probably not even a mile?

In the 90s and earlier, F street was where people went cruising on Friday and Saturday nights. Loud cars, loud music, rowdy people, and trouble.  I think people still cruise, but they are on the bigger streets that are more spread out.

So for lunch, I went for a cruise on my Honda Grom down F Street to look for a food trailer. The trailer I was originally looking for was actually just a raspa stand (snow cones). I ended up at La Fonda further down the road. Now, although I am Mexican/Hispanic, my Spanish is not so great. Without looking it up, I would have told you that Fonda meant “a fold” or “a blanket”. That is probably Tex Mex or just plain wrong. Looking up the actual definition tells me that it means “small restaurant”, “cheap restaurant”, or an “inn”. We’ll go with small, cheap restaurant.

La Fonda pic
GromNom at La Fonda

La Fonda on F Street in Harlingen is more of a Food Stand than a Food Trailer. Maybe there were wheels on it at one point but it looks like a small shed with a porch. On the porch, you can eat on some tables or on some stools. The people were incredibly nice. Always smiling and very courteous. I ordered the Bistek Ranchero.

Bistek Ranchero Photo
Bistek Ranchero

You visit enough Mexican joints and you quickly learn that anything with Ranchero in the name means it is going to be spicy! Normally, I’d avoid this since my stomach can’t handle it very well but I wanted to try something outside my boring pallete of Fajitas and Carne Guisada. The Bistek Ranchero was served with rice, charro beans, flour tortillas and a small salad. One day I’ll get over my aversion to charro beans and try them. For now, I didn’t touch them. Everything else I ate.

I ate, and it was GOOD. Tender Bistek. Tender SPICY Bistek. Lots of it! The tortillas appeared to be homemade and they were really good. Rice was decent but it was so hot.

Lastly, let me remind you about how I said the staff was incredibly nice. I made sure they accepted debit/credit cards before ordering since I didn’t have cash. Unbeknownst to me, as I ordered, the cashier that handled the cards had to leave due to an emergency. I believe she uses her phone. Maybe Square app, or similar. The other cashiers and staff were super apologetic and assured me I could return the next day to pay! I’d expect that kind of service from a restaurant I frequent a lot! SO, I’ll be GromNom’ng there again sooner then later!

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3 Weeks On The Grom

This week marks three weeks of Grom life. I am loving it! I am also getting a tan, which I’m not to found of,  but hopefully I’ll be getting a riding jacket which help with that and with safety if I take a fall.

Placing my order
First time at a drive thru!
Drove to some shade
Used my cargo net to strap the burgers down.

This third week is also the first full week I was able to take the Grom to work. No rain!

Drive Thru On The Grom

So, during the work week, I drive thru a lot. I’ve been going over different options to carry my food back home. My backpack would probably squash my food. I saw some cargo nets online so I picked one up at Walmart. A Coleman MadDog for $4. I think it might work. 

Week 1: My Grom and I

Last Friday we drove up to Georgetown to pick up a 2017 Bright Yellow Grom, and I have been loving it. I started off riding around the neighborhood to make sure I still remembered how to drive a motorcycle. It took a couple attempts, and a few embarrasing moments at the stop sign, but I finally got my groove. I am no longer fearful of stop signs and red lights!

I didn’t want to spend any more money so I went on the hunt for a used Helmet at the pawnshops. I visited about 5 pawn shops and found one for $59! It fits really well, and did not seem to be that used. Gave it a good once over with some cleaning products and hit the road with it. I am already looking at purchasing a brand new helmet from the same brand later on. Vega. 

Because of the holiday, it was a short work week. I was only able to take the Grom to work two days of the three we worked because of Rain. On Friday, I only took the Grom after lunch. My General Manager even gave me permission to park the Grom right on the curb so that it can get some shade. That was a huge relief as I wasn’t sure where to park the Grom. 

Now I just need Grom Friends!

Missing my Moto X

The first gen Moto X was the best non-nexus phone I ever owned. Not only was it practically Pure Android, it had some great hands free features. Now that I riding around in the Grom, I bought a Moto Hint to send me notifications to my ear. BUT, since it was an impulse buy at a pawn shop I didn’t do my research. Turns out all the cool hands free stuff for the Hint is for Moto X phones, and probably other Moto phones. I am currently looking for homebrew bluetooth apps to get the same experience as the Moto X with the Moto Hint. For now, it’s just a simple bluetooth earpiece. It does send my Audiobooks to my ear though. That’s cool.