Durango, Colorado: Since My Driver needs to rest a bit after his suturing yesterday, we decided to take it easy today. (Oh course, DT went for a little walk!) Our only plan was to have lunch in the historic district of Durango and walk around the area. Mission accomplished.
I had read about Taco Libre (a take-off of Lucha Libre, aka Mexican-style wrestling). The masks worn by the wrestlers are hanging throughout the stylish interior of the establishment.
I asked the manager/bartender/server what he liked on the menu and he steered me to the Quesabirria Tacos - beef birria (shredded, similar to Barbacoa), placed between two corn tortillas, topped with cheese and grilled - like a quesadilla. BUT - it is served with the consommé left over from stewing the beef as a dipping sauce! Remember when I said that duck confit for breakfast in Frisco, Colorado was the best thing? Change of pecking order.
This dish is also sometimes served with the beef stuffed in one tortilla and folded like a taco before grilling/frying. I think they would be easier/less messy to eat/dip this way… but what do I know?
My Patient had one carne asada taco and helped me polish-off my birria.
A great find, and just the luck of the draw after reading local reviews. Who knows? My margarita was perfect, as well.
Then we walked around a bit. Lots of history in these old western towns… and as usual, the town started to grow as the railway spread throughout the area.
Jack Dempsey (1895-1983) was from Manassa, Colorado and began his boxing career in Colorado. He fought Andy Malloy three times in this area, winning all matches and within four years became the world heavyweight champion. Dempsey had 85 fights, lost only 6, and 53 were knockouts.
Except for a quick stop to a local grocer (while DT napped), nothing else happened all day. I will serve a salad for dinner. Maybe we will do something tomorrow, or maybe will will not.
Until my next update, I remain, your Durango correspondent.