Carne Asada and Chicken Tamale @ Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill

Price: $13.49

When: January 18, 2016, 11:55 AM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Recommended

After enjoying the Fire-Grilled Citrus Chicken at Cocina Cucamonga, we doubled down and tried the Carne Asada and Chicken Tamale, too.

Turns out this is also a good dish.

The Carne Asada and Chicken Tamale is very similar to the Fire-Grilled Citrus Chicken in a number of respects. They both come with the same accompaniments – the refried beans (and cheese mixture), the rice, the guac, the sour cream, the pico de gallo. The Carne Asada, however, swaps the chicken for a decent piece of steak and a small chicken tamale.

This all works well. I worried that the steak would be tough, or too dry; instead, it was nicely cooked, easy to chew, and had fine flavor. (It’s not the Naturally Raised Porterhouse from Steakhouse 55, but what do you expect for $14?) The tamale was moist and a good flavor/texture accompaniment.

I recommend the Carne Asada, and am happy to report that both Sharon and Elaine were giving thumbs-up at the table. Give it a shot!