There's a Springfield institution called "Mexican Villa" that's like no Mexican food you've ever had before. Like Springfield-style cashew chicken, it has little resemblance to the real thing but if you grow up here eating it, you get the jones for it when you've gone too long without it. People who move into this area can be a little condescending, but hey, don't all communities have local eateries like this? Something that doesn't quite fit into any of the right niches but there's always a line out the door anyway?
Gene and I feasted take-out on burritos enchilada-style, queso (monterrey jack and enchilada sauce) & chips, all with The Villa's super hot sauce which is really Rooster sauce. I know the burrito looks plain. Normally it's topped with mounds of shredded lettuce and finely diced tomatoes but they don't hold up well in transport and there's nothing worse than soggy lettuce. Shudder. The tomatoes would have been okay as long as they weren't Romas, hehe. Bad joke.
I've always had a secret question. If Brad Pitt takes Angelina, the kids, and the fam to Arris Pizza, another local favorite, does he ever come home and say "Let's go to The Villa tonight?" I don't care how fous-fous Hollywood he gets, I bet he does. And I bet Angelina said "WTF?" the first time she tasted a sancho enchilada style from "The Villa".
Nothing against Angelina, but I also would bet Jennifer Aniston liked it but that Gwyneth Paltro wouldn't even step foot in the place. Just rambling about some local gossip but I've heard through the grapevine that the one time Brad brought Gwyneth to Springfield he took her to another local beloved home-made pizza joint called Garbo's and that she was extremely hateful about how it wasn't good enough for her. Her loss. Garbo's is really yummy, cheap, low maintenance dining. Their thin-crusted spicy chicken pizza is to die for.
Hmmmm...now I'm hungry for local favorites....must control self...must eat vegetables. At home.