Latin Bistro Express dishes up approachable, affordable Mexican fare

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The Latin Bistro Express is now open downtown.
  • The Latin Bistro Express is now open downtown.
Chef Tito le Chef's Latin Bistro Express is open and dishing up inexpensive lunch fare at 1128 Oak. And just as he told Charles Ferruzza last month, he's there behind the counter, ready to offer advice on what to order and to see just how everybody's morning is going.

An enchilada with mole, rice and beans from the Latin Bistro.
  • An enchilada with mole, rice and beans from the Latin Bistro.
Mole, one of the signature dishes of the original restaurant on North Oak Trafficway, is on the menu. It's not overly sweet, and it's a nice surprise to see on the quick-serve menu.

If you're hungry, order something in addition to the tacos. The pastor (slow-roasted pork) shines over the shredded chicken with salsa verde. But even after two tacos, I was stealing bites of enchilada from my lunch companion.

The daily special alone is often worth the visit to Oak. On Wednesday, the Latin Bistro was serving three albondigas (meatballs) over rice with a drink for $4.95.

Even with fountain drinks, lunch was $12 for two people. The price is right. The portions are reasonable, and Latin Bistro's dishes are good additions to the downtown lunch sphere, which is surprisingly bereft of burrito and taco options.

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