Jorge’s quick-lunch

Casita Jorge's truck: Kerry Awn
Following up on the Chron review of Jorge’s on Hancock, we checked it out ourselves after the Juneteenth parade. This combined well with burning some vacation time and checking out the Yarborough library branch in the old Americana after its remodeling. The waiter was confused about the margarita order, which was “straight up, with no salt,” and kept wanting us to choose between “on the rocks” and “frozen.” One must be thankful that there was no mention of the dread “Mexican martini.” Despite the preliminaries, as it came to the table the margarita was perfect, and an excellent value. It was the Chron description of “bite-size chunks of pork loin stewed in a mildly spicy green sauce of tomatillos, onions, and Anaheim and poblano chiles” that lured me there, and I was not sorry. The wheat tortillas did in fact seem to be handmade. They were wonderful, and so was the pork dish (on the menu as “carne con chile verde”) and so were the two salsas. The rice was nothing special, but the beans were smoky and tasty. The others at the table were very happy with their food as well. The verdict is that we will return. There were televisions to be seen, but they weren’t on. We saw several people in uniform over from Mabry. I hadn’t been in this establishment for years and years and am very glad that the Chron prompted a return after all this time and so many changes. I think that breakfast is available, but the large menu was spirited away before we could read both sides. I like the hum of conversation at Jorge’s. The image above is from a hand-painted depiction on the side of a truck parked out back. That is Jorge himself. In the background are depicted, among other items, an avocado and containers of “cerveza” and “taco sauce.” This art is signed by Kerry Awn, and I read the date as 1976.

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