4233 Shoppers Ln
Columbus, OH 43228
I love Mexican breakfast – with tortillas, rice, meat, and vegetables, it’s balanced and filling. John and I enjoyed our trip to the restaurant at the Mexican grocery store, La Plaza Tapatia, at Westland. Large, cheery, sparkling-clean, well-lit, this is a nice place, and the waiter’s English is better than my Spanish, so there was no problem with communication.
This place is quite popular with the local hispanic community, but somehow we got there after the breakfast rush and before lunch, so we happened to be the only diners in the place at the time – I think that’s probably pretty rare.
We were given our choice of having food from the buffet (served by cooks, you stand on the other side of the line and point out what you want), or ordering from the menu. I took a look at the buffet and went with that, but on the way out I looked at the menu and that looks very tempting, as well. I want to go back and order from the menu sometime.
There were an awful lot of dishes on the buffet; I had scrambled eggs with chorizo, a beef pot roast kind of dish, and some chunky mixed vegetables cooked with chicken. John had a tender, slow-simmered pork dish. (I’m sorry I don’t know the names of these dishes, but these simple descriptions tell you what’s in them anyway.) There were plenty of hot tortillas served on our table, too.
We had coffee. I expected instant coffee, which would be typical and acceptable for many latino restaurants, but I was surprised – it wasn’t instant. It was pretty good coffee, and it was spiced. I don’t know exactly what the spice was, sort of a nutmeg flavor, very similar to some spice we have tasted in Somali tea at breakfast in the African restaurants.
I do want to go back, and I would like to take other people to this restaurant. I think I could even take my girlfriend, who tends to prefer upscale, hip joints.
Nice place — I like it!