New(ish) & Noteworthy: Carrera’s Taqueria
Filed under: 11206, Bushwick, Bushwick Brooklyn, East Williamsburg, East Williamsburg Brooklyn, Stuff That Makes Miss Heather Happy
A great many of the people who follow this site know I like to attend meetings conducted by our local Community Board. What they might not know is now I have yet another one to attend. The Public Safety Committee, which used to handle both police matters and the dispensation of liquor licenses has been split into two entities:
1. The Public Safety Committee which handles police matters and inexplicably sidewalk cafe permits
2. The SLA Review Committee whose sole purpose is to review the copious number of liquor license applications in our fair burgh.
Do I like the additional imposition this arrangement makes on my (greatly diminishing) free time? No, not really. However, it is on occasion worth it as I learn about new eateries in our neighborhood. Carrera’s Taqueria being one of them.
I made the acquaintance of the owner of this establishment, Alberta Zafra, at the last SLA Review Committee meeting. In fact, he was seated next to me along with this father (who, it should be noted, operates a Mexican cheese business in Bushwick). The latter was present to provide support.
Upon noting that Mr. Zafra operates a Mexican restaurant I asked if I could look at his menu. He gladly obliged. Therein I found a number of items of vegetarian interest. Among them:
- Aztec soup (THINK: a broth-based soup with nachos tossed in for good measure!)
- A variety of quesadillas including— but not limited to— mushrooms with mixed vegetables, corn truffle and pumpkin blossoms.
Naturally I had to check this place out. And check it out I did with a companion (so as to render a balanced “verdict). I order tried the above-listed Aztec soup (as seen at right) and the vegetarian quesadilla; he the chile rellenos. Our conclusion was as follows: delicious— and afordable!
Of especial note was my quesadilla (as seen below).
Let me take a moment to explain what you have just seen. The contents are grilled cactus and mushrooms. These are housed in a house-made corn tortilla (which is nothing short of amazing) and topped with crema. You can check out their menu (which unfortunately sustained some salsa damage) by clicking here. Check it out!
Status: Open (and soon to sell beer and wine!)
Hours: Monday -Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (They are currently closed on Sundays but I have been advised this will change.)
915 Flushing Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11206