Carlota’s on Lambert

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Carlota’s is a local Mexican place right in the heart of Oro Valley. The location has a long history of Mexican food. Ever since I can remember we would go to the Mexican restuarant -El Burrito Patio- and I would order a hot dog wrapped in tortilla. Very latino, I know. Since then, my tastes have expanded and the restaurant has changed.

The decor is pretty much the same – Mexican turquoise, coral, yellow – and there are pictures of old vaqueros on the walls. It’s cozy and fun. The menu offers all the yummy type meats in burros, enchiladas, tacos, and combo plates! And, like any good Mexican restaurant, complimentary chips and salsa (at least the first bowl and refill.)

I ordered the carne asada tacos lunch special. The meat was tender and flavorful, the toppings – cabbage and cilantro and onion and tomatoes – were fresh and crunchy. Add some of the house salsa and you got perfect tacos. The rice was moist and not bland. And the beans… were your ordinary run of the mill refried beans. Overall a great lunch for about $8.

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The B Line

I was in Tucson for the weekend catching up with my family and eating at all my favorite restaurants in the area. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera for most of them… Sorry! Never fear, I’ll be sure to post about them in the future.

But I DID remember to take pictures at a new restaurant (well, I have tried the desserts before, but never the savory fare). The B-Line is located on the North end of 4th Ave. This is a cute little street full of bars, restaurants, and artsy Southwestern kitch stores. Super full of character (and hippies and hobos) and a much beloved hangout for Tucsonians. I’ve recently made it my goal to try out all the restaurants on the 4 block street, so look forward to those posts in the future!

Now that you have an idea of the area, I’ll move on to the restaurant itself. I don’t know why it’s named The B Line, perhaps a rail road or the old Street Trolley that used to (and soon will again!) run up and down the street. But I do know that it offers a fun and delicious little haven in the sweltering heat. The interior is modern and simple and they make the most out of their limited space with a bar along the front windows – perfect for people watching – and tables situated in a corner nook.

The food is Mexican/Baja California fare – that means burritos, tacos, enchildas, quesadillas, and sopas – that they offer with a variety of wines and beers. And in the corner of your eye you will find one of the most tantalizing revolving dessert displays around. If you don’t come for a meal, come for dessert because they have pies, cheesecakes, mousses, and cookies to sin for.

For lunch with my cousin I decided to try the Carne Asada burrito. This little beauty was full of tender and flavorful carne asada, grilled zucchinni and bell peppers, achiote rice (which is basically Spanish rice) and pico de gallo. I’ll admit I thought it was on the small side, but I was full by the time I took the last bite.

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The burrito also came with a side of tortilla chips and salsa, which unfortunately weren’t that impressive.

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My cousin tried the tortilla soup and it looked amazing (if you squint just right you can see it blurred in the background of the picture above). A light white broth covered with a layer of tortilla chips and cheese. She looked like she enjoyed it, and she must have because she didn’t even offer me a bite! XP

Though neither of us tried dessert tonight, as I said earlier, I have enjoyed a slice of a sugary creation with a glass of wine before, and it was delicious. So the next time you are in the area, be sure to check this place out!