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Nov.
16th

Nopalitos, tasty cactus at Reynas in Parkland

Tacos al carbon at Reynas in Parkland. The tacos come with nopalitos.
Tacos al carbon at Reynas in Parkland. The tacos come with nopalitos.

I’m continuing my theme of plying myself with comfort eats, of the spicy variety, to rid my head of this horrid congestion. I stopped in at Reynas in Parkland over the weekend for a steaming plate of tacos al carbon with nopalitos ($12.95).

Nopalitos aren’t listed on many menus at South Sound Mexican restaurants. Reynas calls them nopales on their menu, and I’ve seen Mexican restaurants list them as either nopalitos or nopales. Either way, it’s a delicious little dish made from the pads of prickly pear, a cactus. When I find them, I order then. If they’re prepared correctly, with just a bit of snap, they’re unctuous. When overcooked, they take on the texture of slime — much like how okra turns slippery-squishy when it’s left to simmer too long. Click “more” to read about nopalitos at Reynas, a family Mexican restaurant on Garfield next to Pacific Lutheran University.

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