Sal y Limon (Kingsway and Fraser)
There’s a new Mexican restaurant in town, and it’s here to stay. The most authentic Mexican food (and the least expensive, on top of that) this side of Dona Cata (which is far and a bit inaccessible, as it’s on Victoria and 35th Avenue), Sal y Limon has a very small staff (only 4 people, including the owner), but it has an incredibly broad variety of Mexican dishes.
As authentic as the ones I ate in Mexico, and some about as equally tasty as my Mom’s own cooking, Sal y Limon is definitely my favorite Mexican restaurant in town now.
Sal y Limon has been open only for 2 weeks, but I have seen them already make a big splash. I went there for lunch today and ordered a Spicy Hawaiian Torta and Menudo Soup (a combo for $9.75). Modestly decorated, but super clean and really friendly staff, the food was extraordinary. The Hawaiian torta was pretty big, filled with beans, ham, pineapple, sauce and purple onion, as well as condiments and spices. Extremely tasty and definitely as I remembered the Torta Hawaiiana.
The owner was super sweet in that he fixed my menudo soup the way I liked it (a spicy broth that was almost a mix of pozole and menudo). I loved the menudo (though it could have been a little bit spicier) and overall, it would have been enough food for me to keel over and sleep. Equipped with Mexican drinks (Jarritos, Sidral Mundet and Mexican Coca-Cola), Sal y Limon has a small space but it’s warm and full of Mexican food goodness.
I came back for dinner and had a Huarache con Pollo Pibil (Pibil-style chicken huarache). Extremely big, with pollo pibil that was perfectly made, tender and flavourful, with just the right amount of spice. Very much made as the huaraches I used to eat in Mexico, I washed it off with a tutti-frutti Jarritos. And I paid $12 for dinner. Incredible, eh?
Overall, an amazing restaurant and I wish them all the success that they deserve. One note: please be patient as they have only 2 staff during lunch and 4 for dinner, so if you crowd them, bear in mind that they’re in the early stages. But you should run, not walk, and try them out. Sal y Limon is the real deal.
Disclosure: I paid for both of my meals on my own dime.