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by Marisa Olsen

Cascabel Taqueria

Yesterday I had the pleasure of dining and catching up with my dear friend Caroline who will soon be hitting the road for her summer internship at Yahoo in San Francisco. Caroline lives across town in the Upper East Side so we try to set up dining-out rules, which involve switching up neighborhoods, presenting a selection of restaurant choices, and then allowing the "visitor" to ultimately pick the spot. I chose Cascabel Taqueria thanks to Caroline's presentation of choices and we were not disappointed.   

We didn't go crazy with our order; I started off with an $11 margarita rimmed with spicy salt that hit the spot. The price seems to be the going rate for margs and lucky for me the drink was strong and quite large.  We also shared an order of guacamole, which was good, but not anything too out of this world. What we did love was the tacos. Caroline had the roasted shrimp and I ordered the carne asada. I only had a bite of the shrimp, but they were perfectly roasted and flavorful. My steak tacos were amazing; the steak was so savory and was served with crispy onions and oyster mushrooms. Mmm. I'm already hungry again. In addition to the tasty dinner, they dished out mini churros on the house. 

I would definitely dine at Cascabel again, especially since our entrees were $8.50. I would also love to try their happy hour, which lasts until 7pm during the week. 

Although Caroline will have to take a respite from Cascabel this summer, I'm not feeling as sad knowing that she can have her fair share of amazing Mexican food in California. 

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