Over on the west side of town, in a strip mall on the southwest corner of 41st Street and Marion Avenue, sits Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant. In that same spot used to be a Chinese restaurant where I picked up Christmas Eve dinner one year when my in-laws were in town. But I digress early and weirdly…
Guadalajara is one of the most colorful places I’ve eaten: the bright yellows, oranges, blues and greens practically scream at you. The Day of the Dead skeleton and mariachi band statues are also sort of creepy. But in a happy way.
Past that, a huge menu awaits. I only tried two things, and while I can’t recommend the homemade chorizo (a bit bland and mushy), I did really like the tamales. They are also made in-house daily.
Filled with seasoned shredded beef, the masa was moist with just a bit of crumble. You can get them covered or not (I’d recommend not, as the cheese and sauce was a bit much). A nice little tamale. Simple, corny and tasty.
Guadalajara has two more locations, in Watertown and Brookings, so if you’re reading from outside Sioux Falls you might still be able to grab one of these tamales.
Happy Feb. 14th to all of you.