Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Tapatio Hot Sauce
This weekend I found out that one of my favorite restaurants, San Marcos in Caledonia, Michigan, had been bought out by another Mexican restaurant chain called El Arriero. While El Arriero is certainly not the worst Mexican food, it is far from the fantastic San Marcos. The one jewel that I was able to find in this whole emotional septic tank of a situation was that El Arriero uses a hot sauce called Tapatio. You probably remember that I have promoted a hot sauce called Cholula on this site, not because of the heat it brings to entrees, but because of the flavor. I originally discovered Cholula at San Marcos. Well, this hot sauce called Tapatio, the one I discovered at San Marcos' replacement restaurant, is even better. Compared to Tapatio, the flavor of Cholula tastes like a bilious hot wing sauce. Tapatio is capable of maintaining this high quality flavor even in the face of a good degree of heat, something that I've never come across in a hot sauce. Most of the time, you sacrifice flavor for heat and vice versa. I highly recommend Tapatio, and once the paychecks come rolling in you can bet I'm going to have a bottle of it in my kitchen at all times.