Saturday, October 15, 2011

JG Deli

Main Street in Bayshore is home to JG Deli, which I guarantee that many people have never noticed despite driving past it every day, or have written off as supa-ghetto looking.  It's across the road and a little bit further west from KFC.  I've been missing the bodegas of the Bronx, and for some time now I've had the hunch that this corner store might have something good hiding inside.  I've been nervous to go in there, but upon stake-out today we decided it was worth at least a lap around the store, even if all I scored was an empanada.

We crossed the threshold of the front door and lo-and-behold, there was a hot table to the left with lots of home made hispanic goodness.  On the right was an open area with a few tables and men drinking beers and watching futbol, and there was a back room with a pool table and a few others hangin' around.  Besides hot food they have groceries, money orders, hispanic cookies, porn dvds and little to no knowledge of English.  I'm not going to pretend like we fit in in there but in spanglish we ordered three chorizo tacos and a tamale.  Also on display: a single cooked fish, fried plantains, some kind of seafood stew, something that looked like chili, and another thin stewy dish with beef.  A menu written straight on the wall in marker boasted huevos rancheros and carne asada.  We hit the jackpot.

The woman took a fresh package of chorizo out of the fridge and diced up a few links.  She also added radishes, avocado, tomatoes, onions and cilantro to the corn tortillas she heated up on the grill.  The tacos came with some kind of red salsa and fresh lime slices.  She unwrapped the tamale and disposed of its husk to expose its corn-mealy flesh.  We paid $9 and took it all home.
Dad said these tacos took him right back to his days of living and working in Mexico City.  With a little squeezed lime juice and red sauce they were authentic and filling.  All of the fresh flavors just came together so well.  It was better than a taco from Estrellita Poblana, and I don't say that lightly.  The woman who made them offered beef or chorizo, but I'm sure you could ask for chicken as well.  The tamale dough was light and filled with chicken; it was tasty and simple. 

I'll definitely go back to JG Deli.  It was delicious and cheap, and brought me back to the convenience and homeliness of the bodegas in the Bronx.

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