A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from September 20, 2009
Quesadilla on Steroids (mulita)

LA Weekly (CA) food critic Janathan Gold described (in a 1999 column) a mulita at La Taquiza as being “a sort of quesadilla on steroids.” A mulita consists of two corn tortillas sandwiching jack cheese, guacamole and meat. Gold’s “quesadilla on steroids” description of a mulita has been repeated often.

LA Weekly (CA)
Yo Quiero Tacos
Yeah. Drop the chalupa.

Jonathan Gold
Published on December 09, 1999
La Taquiza No. 2
The best Mexican antojito in Los Angeles may be something called a mulita—a sort of quesadilla on steroids, good enough to make a grown man yelp with joy—at the South-Central restaurant La Taquiza No. 2. Two thick corn tortillas, made seconds earlier, are slapped down on a griddle, glazed with jack cheese and fresh guacamole, sprinkled with a few grams of meat snatched off the fire, then welded together into kind of a sandwich.

18 June 2004, San Jose (CA) Mercury News, “No-frills taqueria expertly cooks Mexican dishes,” pg. 45 Eye:
I’m particularly fond of the mulita ($4.29), sort of a quesadilla on steroids, with meat, melting panela cheese, whole beans and thin guacamole squished ...

Google Books
Frommer’s Irreverent Guide to Los Angeles
By Jeff Spurrier and Charchi Stinson
Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Publishing
Pg. 83:
La Taquiza EXPOSITION PARK MEXICAN You may come for a taco but try the mulita instead—described by one fan as “a sort of quesadilla on steroids.” L.A. Weekly voted this small unassuming stand near USC as having the best Mexican food in the city....Tel 213/741-9795, 3009 S. Figueroa St.

The Great Taco Hunt
La Taquiza
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
I’ve been a fan of La Taquiza for awhile now but all this time I have never tried the mulitas. This is a taco hunt but the mulita is from the same family as the taco.It’s somewhat of a quesadilla/taco hybrid. They grill two fresh corn tortillas and melt cheese on each of them, take some meat and spread some guacamole and some salsa roja and then press the two sides together like a sandwhich. Delicioso! The saltyness of the pork entwined with gooey cheese, the creamy avocado and toasted fresh corn were amazing. Oh my.

Seattle (WA) Times
Originally published Friday, October 17, 2008 at 12:00 AM
El Camión: a truckload of goodness
El Camión, at the edge of a Home Depot parking lot on Aurora Avenue North near North 115th Street, is a great place to grab a quick bite or get a cheap, filling meal for the whole family. It serves familiar taco-truck fare, as well as a few pleasant surprises, such as fresh-grilled fish tacos and tamales wrapped in banana leaves.
By Warren Cornwall
Seattle Times staff reporter
The mulita — a quesadilla on steroids — is also yummy but a bit on the greasy side.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Sunday, September 20, 2009 • Permalink