La Boca Loca: Owner's family recipes served up at new lunch spot
Apr 12, 2012 (Tulsa World - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Corine McGuire is Irish-Mexican, and when she planned to open a restaurant, it was her south-of-the-border heritage she embraced.
"I grew up in the kitchen with my grandmother, Leedoma Wallace, and she is full-blood Hispanic," McGuire said. "She is 89 and her husband 95, and they've been married 72 years. She's my inspiration in more ways than one."
McGuire and partner Nicasio Perna opened La Boca Loca a couple of months ago on the southeast corner of Sixth Street and Boston Avenue.
"I was leaning toward catering, but when I learned this spot was for sale, I thought the location was too good to pass up," McGuire said.
La Boca Loca is open only for weekday lunch, and we stopped in for a late lunch on a recent Friday.
La Boca Loca roughly translates to "crazy mouth," and this might have something to do with McGuire's liberal use of habaneros and a variety of other peppers in many of her dishes.
The restaurant has a few a la carte items, tortilla soup and daily specials, but otherwise features only four entrees: Grandma Lee's enchiladas, street tacos, Corine's chili verde and tostada grande.
The kitchen was out of my first choice, chili verde, so I switched to the street tacos (three for $6.75), served with refried beans, rice and a garnish of lime slices. The foil-wrapped tacos were simple but flavorful. Lightly grilled tortillas were filled with chicken, shredded cabbage, onion, cilantro and jack cheese. A spicy table salsa may be added for extra zing.
Our other entree was the enchiladas (three for $6.75), the only truly mild dish on the menu. These came with a choice of beef, chicken or cheese rolled in corn tortillas and topped with jack cheese.
The red sauce served over the enchiladas technically was more brown than red and had a mild but flavorful combination of seasonings. The enchiladas also came with beans and rice.
Fish tacos with a side of shoe peg corn was a special that day, and we managed to snag a bowl of the corn to share at our table.
The corn was simply delicious. The small, white kernels had been cooked with cream cheese, butter, cilantro and jalapenos, and the mix delivered a creamy, buttery flavor that left a little spiciness on the back of the tongue. McGuire later told us it was her mother's recipe.
Small, crunchy tortilla chips may be ordered with regular salsa, "extremely hot" salsa or poblano avocado cream sauce, and I must make a point to try the latter on a future visit.
La Boca Loca has regular daily specials, including five chicken street tacos, $5.50, Monday; 16-inch grilled chicken grande burrito, $6.75, Tuesday; three peppersteak tacos with habanero mango salsa, $6.75, Wednesday; grilled chicken and habanero burrito (hot, hot, hot), $6.75, Thursday, and chef's choice, Friday.
Soft drinks are $1. Wallace said she plans to have a beer license in the near future.
The space formerly held Zorba's Greek Grill, and the tile work from that restaurant transitioned nicely to a Mexican decor.
The small room is full of bright colors, and decorations include sombreros, fish-shaped platters, ceramic roosters, sun signs, serapes, Mexican puppets and family photos. Tables, covered in black vinyl, have vases holding faux flowers, and Latin music played in the background the day we were there.
McGuire said she hopes eventually to be open for dinner.
LA BOCA LOCA
601 S. Boston Ave.
Service: Order at counter (on a scale of 0 to 4 stars)
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday- Friday; accepts all major credit cards.
Scott Cherry 918-581-8463
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