Tacos in Green Valley, the land of thrift stores and golf carts ... Where to go? The parking lot's full over at Manuel's Mexican Restaurant, a big brown adobe befitted with Roman columns and a blue observatory-style dome.
The family spot has a suburban vibe to it, with advertisements for nursing homes, window cleaners and dentists laminated onto the bright yellow tables. There's a lot of steaming and sizzling in the air as servers carry around platters of fajitas supreme.
I got a catfish taco, because, hell why not? The little pieces of fish are fried up real nice almost like popcorn shrimp, with a crusty batter that smacks of pepper. I took the sprawled-out avocado garnish and slipped it inside, along with some coleslaw and the pico they'd shaped into a little hill. I left the broccoli alone.
Weird fact: The place serves red and white menudo on the weekends. Cool!
Location: 121 W. Duval Road
Hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays
Payment: accepts debit and credit cards