Centenario Restaurant | Mexican Food | 1414 W. 2nd Street
The building has gone through a few changes of ownership in the past, but current owner/managers Jose and his wife Viky opened up Centenario’s on November 3rd of last year.
I dined with 4 of my co-workers on Thursday, which let me see a large variety of dishes!
The meal started out with Jose bringing some Chicharrónes for us to try. Chicharrón is a dish generally consisting of fried pork belly or fried pork rinds. You can grab them in a chip bag from some gas stations around Gillette… but have you ever tried them fresh? It tasted like bacon grease had been put in a cotton candy machine, strung out into thin rind-shaped chips, and then deep-fried. If you’re a pork lover or have a deep-fried heart, I highly recommend these!
Enchiladas Rojas. The enchiladas come with an option of chicken of beef, and a very well-presented side plate of optional toppings; lettuce, tomato, and sour cream. All main platters come with a side of home-made rice and re-fried beans.
We had been served chips and salsa before the Chicharrónes. The salsas, featured in the following photo next to a dish of sour cream, are not a typical pico de gallo style or salsa style, but are Viky’s own recipe. Oh… and that GIGANTIC burrito in the back? Yeah… that thing is a Super Burrito; a shredded beef, rice & beans, shredded lettuce, and tomato-packed cylinder of fresh deliciousness.
In fact, everything is Viky’s own recipe. Not even Jose knows the exact ingredients!
As y’all may have figured out… I am a taco fanatic. One of the best things was the scrumptious-looking Carne Asada taco platter with shredded carne, served on homemade tortillas!
Alright so I had a trick up my sleeve in saving this for last. This here is Menudo. “Menudo, or pancita ([little] gut or [little] stomach, from Spanish: Panza; “Gut/Stomach”) is a traditional Mexican soup, made with beef stomach (tripe) in broth with a red chili pepper base.” – Wikipedia. I know for a fact it’s hard to find authentic Menudo in this part of the nation. But, when I dipped my spoon into the bowl and ladled myself up the most honey-combed-looking bit of meat I’ve ever seen? That’s when things got real. Combine the broth with any sort of mixture of the lime, cilantro/onion mix, or the oregano seasoning and you’ve concocted the finest gut-broth in the land.
How many of you have ever tried Jarritos sodas? If you’ve never tried one, please do yourself the favor of ordering one of their many flavors including Strawberry, Water Melon, Lime and more! They are the bomb.com and I was so excited to finally see one again. I sipped on the Lime one which happened to pair great with the Menudo.
Back to these home-made tortillas. I was so impressed with their beautiful presentation. My great-grandma used to make doilies like these and although they’re really not a common feature of American homes anymore, to me, they epitomize the grace and craftsmanship of past generations.
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