Dining Out in Lincoln: From Truck to Restaurant, Muchachos Has Finally Arrived | To eat
“We’ve had amazing days and slow days just like everyone else,” Jenny said of the new restaurant. “It was hit and miss. Our Tuesdays (when they sell $ 1 tacos) have really helped, and Fridays and Saturdays have been good. We are seeing more people now that the warm weather is here.
The key to Maesta’s tasty food is the way it smokes its meats. He told the Journal Star in June 2019 that he rubbed his breast, chicken and pork with a spice blend made from Hatch peppers, a green chili grown in Hatch, New Mexico. They resemble Anaheim peppers, but Maestas said they offer a unique flavor profile to New Mexican dishes.
“Most people wouldn’t know the difference between the two,” he told LJS, “but if you taste it you realize that Hatch peppers have a richer, deeper and smokier flavor. And they’re significantly hotter than Anaheim.
He’s right, Hatch peppers create a unique smoky flavor, especially in pulled pork. My wife, Rebecca, and I ventured out to Muchachos for a lively taco Tuesday night, and Rebecca ordered three tacos ($ 1 or $ 1.50 on Tuesday; regular price $ 3.50 or $ 4), with different meat for each. All three were tasty, but our favorite was the pulled pork. The flavor really jumped in.
The cafe’s menu, like the food truck, is small, allowing Nick and his team to turn food quickly. The menu offers tacos made from flour or corn tortillas, burritos, nachos and meat platters. It also includes a handful of macaroni and cheese dishes, which feature smoked Maestas meats mixed with favorite comfort food.