|me and my tacutacu at El Tule|
In the twelve years that I have lived in Lambertville, what is now El Tule Mexican Peruvian Restaurant has had at least three incarnations, El Tule is just the latest, and for my money it is absolutely the best. It has quickly become a town institution and a destination for visiting foodies from New York and Philadelphia.
I've been going there almost since it opened about two years ago. Peruvian cuisine is a whole new world for me and at El Tule, where the food is great and the friendly staff even better, I get to explore it at leisure. In summer I eat outside, usually with a group of friends, in a cozy patio, under the protection of a big umbrella. At night there are twinkling lights and often a cool river breeze. But, indoors or out, summer or winter, there is a wonderful, informality and welcoming feeling projected by the family that owns and runs El Tule. They clearly love what they are doing. There is both a Mexican chef and a Peruvian chef. Both are excellent, but dine at El Tule one or two times and you will see that these two Latin cuisines are as different from each other as, let's say, French and Greek cooking. Learning about both cultures and cuisines at El Tule is like being invited into a family home for dinner. It's a marvelous experience.
tacu tacu and ceviche and the use of unfamiliar and delicious varieties of corn, peppers and delicate herbs in the Peruvian dishes. I love the robust, more familiar flavors of the Mexican platters as well. They bring back wonderful memories of visits south of the border.
What more could a girl want. THIS is living large in Lambertville, for sure