Homiest Dish You Can Buy in the Back of a Convenience Store

Menudo at Norma Meat and Deli

It would take weeks to explore all of the delicious Mexican food hidden away in the nooks and crannies of the city of Richmond — at gas stations, tiny mercados, and roadside stands. But here’s one of our favorite secrets: Norma Meat and Deli, a Salvadoran-Mexican takeout counter located in the back of an otherwise nondescript convenience store. Here, Norma Muñoz dishes out comically oversized burritos and wonderful, crisp-edged pupusas seven days a week, but she saves her homiest, and most delicious, dish for weekends only — one of the tastiest bowls of menudo you’ll ever have the pleasure of eating. Her version of the classic hangover cure features a deep-red, subtly spicy broth; tender beef tripe; and patas, or beef feet, cooked slowly on the bone to add both a deep meaty flavor and soft, gelatinous bits that are prized by true connoisseurs. Bring your order of menudo home, or pull a seat up to the counter and enjoy it right in the back of the store. Either way, this is a soup that’ll warm you up from the inside.


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