Last night Pachanga Patterson was packed! It’s rare to have to wait for a table on a Thursday night in Astoria, but that is what spectacular Mexican food will do for a neighborhood! I wouldn’t even call it Mexican food, really, it’s more like “new-Mexican”, or just don’t put a label on it and stuff it in your mouth instead.
The first time I went to Pachanga I got the mushroom tacos, which don’t sound like they would make you jump for joy, but they were the best non-fish, non-meat tacos I’ve ever had. They must have a miracle marinade for the mushrooms, because they were super flavorful.
But this time, I ordered the Veggie Jenga. At first I thought that Jenga was a word in Spanish that I didn’t learn in high school, but then the waitress explained to me that it’s called that because it’s layered and stacked up just like the block game.
Can you see a resemblance?
This creation is out of this world. It’s one of those anytime meals that makes you eat way more than you anticipated. When they first put it down in front of me I thought, “There’s no way I can eat all of this.” Then 20 minutes later I was virtually licking my plate. The picture above is from We Heart Astoria, since I forgot to bring my camera, but the plate that I got was piled a couple of inches higher with lettuce/cabbage.
I loved the sweet potato puree, which you don’t usually find in Mexican food. I loved the avocado sauce. I loved the generous crack of black pepper on top. I loved the crispy corn tortilla from Tortilleria Nixtamal. I loved the mild hot sauce that they put in a honey bear container. Love, love, loved.
I also loved the $6 glass of Torrontes wine that I washed it down with.
Soon they will have brunch at Pachanga, where I can have this as my new favorite hangover food.
33–17 31st Ave., Astoria, NY