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Good luck trying to find an open restaurant at mid-morning on a Sunday in La Junta, Colorado, especially a Mexican restaurant.  As I was passing through town, I "googled" for restaurants, and passed several that were closed, and one that was open but looked to be nearly fully seated.  I gave up the restaurant "chase," and headed out of town, but much to my joy, as I was about ready to leave town I spotted Mauricio's Taco Shop, with a bit "OPEN" sign fully lit.  I was in the mood for Mexican food, and the restaurant was open, so I was definitely in business...

As with all of reviews that I publish, I have no affiliation with the restaurant reviewed, and there is no monetary gain on my part, as I am simply a person who likes to eat, and I love to write-up, and publish my dining experiences.

Photo:  As I was heading west on US 50, I really couldn't miss Mauricio's Taco Shop, due to the very, shall we say... "vivid?"... paint of the building.  I was hungry,and especially in the mood for Mexican food, and the brightly lit "OPEN" sign drew me in.  It's mid-morning, Sunday, September 16, 2018, and I'm in the mood for a great Mexican breakfast at Mauricio's Taco Shop, in La Junta, Colorado.

You'll note there is a drive through window which was doing a brisk business today.

Photo:  Mauricio's had a drive-through window, and a menu board, where you can place your menu without leaving your car, just like at a "fast food" restaurant.  I knew I wasn't going to be dining at a "sit down" restaurant, but the next major town - Pueblo - was nearly two hours to my west, and I was HUNGRY!

Photo:  Like any taqueria or fast food restaurant, you walk up to the counter, scan the menu which is posted above the counter, make your selection, pay for your order, and when your order is ready, should you choose to dine-in, it will be brought to your table.

Photo:  The friendly counter gal seemed very surprised when I snapped her photo, just before placing my order.

Photo:  The dining room is very spacious, squeaky clean, and also mostly empty on this mid-Sunday morning, as most customers seemed to be ordering at the drive through window, which kept the order gal, and the chef, who were the only staff on duty, very busy.

Photo:  I LOVE kitchen photos, so I took a peek into the kitchen from the window that faces the order counter. When your order is ready, the chef places it on a green tray and the order gal brings it to your table.  The restaurant is mostly "old school," as order are written on a paper pad and pinned to the window facing the kitchen.  If you look closely behind the chef, you'll notice a big 5-gallon pot of menudo simmering on the back burner.

Photo:  My order arrived in about 15 minutes after ordering.  My server was friendly, but she didn't really want her photo taken.

Photo:  I pose with my bowl of menudo, condiments, corn tortillas, and a bottle of Jarritos "Fruit Punch," which is one of my favorite Mexican sodas.

Photo:  My bowl of menudo, after I added oregano, diced onion, fresh cilantro along with red pepper flakes, along with an order of corn tortillas.

The menudo was delicious, nearly brick-red, tasty, hearty, and filled with lots of tripe, hominy and other goodies. Thank goodness I didn't get the calve's foot, which many times seems to be my fate!  Combine this excellent bowl of menudo, the warm tortillas and the Jarritos, this made for a delicious breakfast.

The menudo was delicious and really put a smile on my face for this Sunday morning.  Food was great and the price was very reasonable.  When you're visiting La Junta, Colorado on a Sunday morning, and you're in the mood for great Mexican food, head over to Mauricio's Taco Shop.

Mauricio's Taco Shop
1121 W. US 50
La Junta, CO 81050
719 598-0843

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