Restaurants

GromNom – Pit Stop Smokehouse – 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.

Pit Stop Smokehouse was one of the first true food trucks my hometown of Harlingen, TX. Sure, we have had food trailers but they were all stationery. Pit Stop Smokehouse was mobile. Like many food truck operators, the owner dreamed of a bigger place and that is exactly what he did. He sold the food truck and built a more permanent, somewhat bigger place.

Somewhat bigger because it is not very big inside. There is maybe three or four small tables inside. I usually sit outside and eat with the Grom.

Pit Stop Smokehouse has all the usual suspects: Brisket, Ribs, Chicken, Sausage, Turkey. People love the Jumbo Stuffed Potatoes. Stuffed with Brisket that is. I’m not that into potatoes so I stick with the Lean Brisket. Usually, when you order Lean Brisket it is very dry, but not at Pit Stop. And some times you just have to have Brisket in a taco so that’s one of my favorites.

Lately though, its been a Brisket and Sausage sandwich for me.

Highly recommend this BBQ joint. It is one of the best in my area.

Bonus pic of wood delivery:

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GromNom – Juan More Taco – 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.

This GromNom trip took me to a food trailer parked inside a used car dealership towards the center of town. Juan More Taco is its catchy name.  I had seen this trailer a few times while in the area but never considered it for lunch. That was until a new coworker, who is a recent transplant from Tyler, TX, recommended the spot.  He raved about the Trompo, so for lunch, I hopped on the Grom and headed that way.

It is in a pretty big parking lot so they have a nice setup. Lots of tables under a blue canopy. (The blue canopy gave my pictures a blue tint that was very filterish. I tried removing it). Even though there was lots of seating, I was the only one there for some time.

I ordered the Trompo, but was told they were out so I went with an order of Fajita Tacos. An order of tacos at these places is usually 6 corn tortilla tacos. Also known as Street Tacos. Along with your meat of choice, they are topped with Cilantro, White Cheese, Avocado, and Onions. (No onions for me though).

As I was waiting for my food, another customer came along. We got to talking and he too raved about the Trompo. He loved that they are served with slices of pineapple. Trompo, is cooked in a red sauce and with pineapple, but is rarely served with pineapple. I really really wanted to try the Trompo! Luckily for me, as the girl brought me my chips, she told me they did have some Trompo after all!

They only had enough for a half order, so I went with half Fajita and half Trompo. Amazing! The Trompo lived up to all the hype. Very tender, very juicy, very pineapplie! I have been back since and it was still so good.

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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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Great Pizza Doesn’t Have To Be Rectangular

I like pizza. Most people do. I had a friend in elementary that didn’t like it. Rectangular school cafeteria pizza is the thing of memories! I used to give Arturo the Grandma Cookies my mom packed for me in my lunch box in exchange for the pizza he didn’t like. That’s when my bully turned into a best friend.

Nowadays I eat my pizza like most non-chicagoans, pyramid slices. 

My favorite pizza joint is a small place in Brownsville called Jersey’s Pizza. It’s not a fancy place. No brick, wood burning oven here. From what I’ve seen, their oven is nothing special. Some might say the pizza is not that special but I fell in love with it immediately after my first bite. Maybe it’s the grease, as you can see in the pic! 

A few of us after church a had a fun discussion about greasy foods. The greasier the better was the resounding sentiment! 

If you find yourself in Brownsville, or if you just want to try a new pizza spot give Jersey’s Pizza a shot. 

 

I had Hot Dogs at a Mexican Joint..

Kramer had an internal alarm clock. I have an internal food/restaurant database. A few weeks ago I overheard my co-workers talking about a Mexican Restaurant in Weslaco,TX. I wasn’t in the conversation (maybe I was actually doing work!) but I heard them say it was so good, it was on International Blvd, and that you can sit outside if the weather is nice.

As I left work, I asked for the name and saved it in the database. The name was Nana’s Taqueria.

So, as the missus and I asked ourselves many, many times where we each wanted to eat my brain ran a query and out came Nana’s Taqueria. Off to Weslaco we went. Nana’s is pretty easy to find on South International Blvd. Look for the house looking restaurant with lots of lights.

It was a nice night out so we sat outside .It’s very homey because it must’ve been a home at one time. Unfortunately, I was not really wanting Mexican but the Mexican Hot Dogs sounded great! Bacon wrapped, topped with diced tomatoes, cilantro,onions, and guacamole. Hold the onions please!
Very good dogs! I never would have guessed cilantro would be the perfect topping on a hot dog, but it was so good. I want cilantro on all hot dogs now!

Would definitely go back there and would recommend!

Oh ley!

Someone is very smart at Nana’s. Sombreros are strategically placed throughout the backyard to entice the selfie generation.