Whenever I visit friends near Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria, I make sure to take a side trip to Lupita Grocery, an otherwise nondescript little bodega on 21st Avenue. For less than $4, you can grab a small midday snack or a light lunch in the form of a taco or tamale and a bottle of Mexican Coke.
Lupita offers chicken or pork tacos and chicken, cheese, and pork tamales. The pork here is often a little too fatty for me, but I know that for many of you out there, there's no such thing as pork too fatty, so they might be right up your alley. I generally opt for a chicken taco, which comes loaded with hunks of moist white and (mostly) dark meat and a generous helping of pico de gallo. The taco may look small, but it's a filling snack. Double your order and you'd have a satisfying lunch.
And did I mention the best part—the real reason I might be going to Lupita? Mexican Coke! The sweet, made-with-real-sugar stuff is in the cooler at the very back of the store, segregated from its HFCS American cousin.
I can't think of a better midday snack than a cheese tamale and a Mexican Coke.
Tamales are $1.25. Tacos, $2. Mexican Coke, $1.50.
29-15 21st Avenue, Astoria NY 11105 (map)
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