Beto’s Mexican Grill
(Cross-posted from Indie Tulsa.)
If your vision of heaven involves tortillas covered with meat, cilantro, and onions, then Beto’s Mexican Grill, 1709 Southwest Blvd. in Tulsa, is a little slice of paradise.
This is especially true if your concept of the perfect taco includes barbacoa, which I think is Spanish for “I’ll have three of those, please.” (OK, so I just made that up. Barbacoa is actually Mexican barbecue, and around here, it frequently involves goat, which is what beef wants to taste like when it grows up.)
Beto’s offers an extensive menu that includes terrific enchiladas, quesadillas, menudo, American-style tacos, and my personal favorite: traditional Mexican tacos, which consist of small, soft, gently fried corn tortillas topped with meat, cilantro, and finely chopped onions. Tacos are available with a variety of meats, including the usual steak, pork, and chicken, along with several more exotic options (we’re fond of goat and beef tongue). Dine-in orders are served with chips and fresh salsa made just the way I like it: with plenty of cilantro and a respectable kick.
On our last visit, Ron tried the fish tacos, which include grilled fish and fajita-style peppers and onions, while I had the barbacoa tacos and a bowl of menudo — a simple, brothy soup made from tripe, pork, and whatever else the cook feels like adding. Beto’s version is served in an enormous bowl, accompanied by a couple of lime wedges and several little dishes containing dried oregano, chopped jalapenos, and dried New Mexican chiles, all of which can be added to the bowl at the diner’s discretion.
Upon learning that this was my first encounter with menudo, the restaurant’s owner — an affable guy with a quick smile and a friendly manner — gave me a crash course in the finer points of making and seasoning this traditional Mexican dish. He suggested squeezing a lime wedge over the bowl and adding some Tabasco, which turned out to be good advice.
The prices are very reasonable (you can stuff yourself for under $10), and the service is friendly. On very hot days, it might be advisable to eat late or take dinner orders to go, as the orientation of the windows is such that the restaurant can get a little too warm just before sunset.
Beto’s is open 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It closes at 3 p.m. on Sundays. Dine-in, carryout and delivery are available. For more information, call (918) 599-9300.
You can read more about Beto’s in this Tulsa World story.