Mexico on the Square Shows Us How to Make Their Super Sopes
Mexico on the Square opened 2 months ago from the same crew who ran the now closed Savoy flower shop/taqueria (which I first heard about from Luncher Matt). While they now serve sandwiches, cheesesteaks, burgers and the like- I somehow managed to look away and focus on the Mexican fare. I was psyched when I found out the sopes (thick Mexican tortillas piled with toppings) are made to order.
One lunch special offered is for 3 tacos and a drink for $8. For research sake I started with a taco- al pastor with doubled corn tortilla. Not bad, could have been a little juicier. 3 of these would definitely be a filling lunch, they put a lot of meat in each taco. But why on earth would you order the tacos when the sopes are so fantabulous.
Mexico on the Square’s sopes are an amazing lunch for only $3.50 each. While I think one is large enough to make up a lunch on its own, you can throw in a taco just to be safe and and still get out of there for $6.
Both the chorizo and steak toppings were flavorful enough to stand out under the mound of lettuce, tomato, cilantro, avocado, sour cream, and Oxaca cheese. Soft with a little crunch on the outside, the hot sope provided a shockingly good and sturdy landing pad for the pile of toppings. So good that I had to know how they made them.
My Mexican friends behind the counter offered to show me how its done. A ball of masa is flattened by some blue device that I kept my fingers far away from, then placed on the griddle and flipped to cook both sides . The magic step comes when its quickly dropped in the deep fryer. No wonder I was so enamored. I really appreciate that they take no short cuts in making these real deal sopes for us lunchers to enjoy.
Also worth mentioning, the burritos are huge and packed with the same fresh ingredients. $8 includes a burrito and a drink.
THE + (What somebody who likes this place would say)
- Made to order sopes!
- A long menu of Mexican and American fare means you could keep coming back and ordering new things
- No skimping on ingredients here
THE – (What somebody who doesn’t like this place would say)
- There is barely any seating, though if you can score the one 2 top outside, you are in luck
Mexico on the Square, 1511 Pine St (@ 15th St.), 215-732-1908