Thursday, February 11, 2010

Taqueria El Asadero

I've been intending for the longest time to go to every taqueria in Renton for the great Renton taco-off, something like the Betty Crocker bake-off, but with a little more spice.
So I went to Taqueria El Asadero yesterday with the intent of getting a couple of tacos.
Didn't happen. I saw that they had Pollo Asado on the menu, and that's one of those things that's a great indicator of how a place is overall. There are a lot of places out there that serve overcooked, dried out Pollo Asado. So I had to order that.
Dang! It was exceptional. Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, eight dollars including tax. Large quantity of bone in chicken that appeared to be flattened. Nothing against teriyaki, but why would you ever get teriyaki when you could get this?
I'll have to go back for a taco.

Taqueria El Asadero
314 Park Avenue N.
Renton, WA 98057

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Some brutal statistics

The plan was to go out for happy hour at Blossom Asian Bistro yesterday afternoon. But there were two signs that indicated otherwise. One was that the place was closed for the holidays. Which holidays, Christmas through President's Day?
The other sign was from the Liquor Control Board, stating that the liquor license was suspended for not having adequate lighting to check ID.
Anyway, it doesn't look too promising, but I hope Blossom reopens.
Needless to say, it's a tough industry even in the best of economic times.
Renton Hipster has been around since late 2005. Since then, approximately 63 restaurants have been reviewed. ( Hey, it's hard to count that high.)
Of those 63, 36 still exist.
In the year 2009 alone, 15 restaurants were mentioned. Of those 15, only 10 still exist.
Despite all that, new restaurants reopen, with owners confident that they won't become another statistic, and I hope they're right. I enjoy dining out, and I think that a variety of decent restaurants makes a community a much better place.