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Dumbed down food at ethnic restaurants

Posted 09-29-2022 at 05:58 PM by jbgusa


Last Friday, after dropping my wife off at LaGuardia Airport I decided to sample a tamale restaurant in nearby Corona, Queens. The restaurant was Evelia's Tamale's, 96-09 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11368. This is a heavily Hispanic area but I love that and other spicy, exotic foods. After placing my breakfast order, I heard the cashier whisper, in Spanish "he's American." I interjected that I want the food made "their way." They asked "do you like it spicy" and I said "absolutely", "si." They "sort of" obliged though I still think they toned it down.

Anyone have this experience? How do you get the message across? After all, this restaurant is not a place someone would just find.

P.S., I went back there when I went to pick my wife up at LGA that Monday. This time I didn't have to urge them.
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