We cruised South Flores in search of the next taqueria and passed a half-dozen or so until Jomaremi’s hot pink exterior screamed. We’re glad it did. It’s also next to a La Fiesta grocery store, which has nothing to do with anything.
This time, it wasn’t just me — I brought a taco colleague. This is important to note because with two stomachs we could order more tacos and only feel half the guilt.
At Jomaremi, we ordered five tacos, but the clear winner was the bean and chorizo on corn. Open the tortilla and it doesn’t look like much. But this is one of the best tacos I’ve had while writing this blog, so far.
The bean and chorizo are melded together (maybe this is normal; I don’t know because this isn’t a regular taco of mine) so that it becomes its own ingredient. Simple. And not greasy, which surprised me. Clean. The texture of the whole thing feels like you’re almost eating healthy, though we knew better. Also, this taco looks slightly unappetizing, so I advise that you open it for the salsa and then close that baby back up. The flavors of the bean, chorizo and corn together were epic.
After the bean and chorizo, the hot sauces stood out: an orange and green. The orange was habanero based, but we detected another pepper — perhaps guajillo. It was excellent: tangy, peppery, fresh and HOT. The green, which tasted like pure serrano, was also packed with flavor and heat.
The flour tortillas were excellent: fluffy and obviously homemade.
The papa ranchera was another hit with super clean potatoes in tomato/ranchero sauce. The lengua was served with grilled onions and well cooked with a nice beefy flavor. The carne guisada came in smaller chunks and seemed to be more stew than meat. The chilaquiles were very good, and not dry.
This is a restaurant that doesn’t look like much on the outside or inside. It’s modestly priced: breakfast tacos are 99 cents 7-9 a.m. Monday through Friday. After 9 a.m., they range between $1.50-$1.75; add a little extra for accessories like cheese or bacon. It’s also modestly decorated. The attention is obviously on the tacos and the service — where it should be.
Jomaremi, 5201 S. Flores St., (210) 986-0989
— Worth traveling across town for
— Average S.A. taqueria. Some hits, some misses
— Mostly misses
— Benjamin Olivo
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