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

Phone: 520-648-6068

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

Contact Andi Berlin at aberlin@tucson.com. On Twitter: @AndiBerlin

You can find the Star's digital food writer Andi Berlin at a taqueria near you, taking tiny bites and furiously scribbling into an old notepad.