** UPDATED 11/22/08 — ALAS, BELLY IS NO LONGER OPEN FOR MONDAY LUNCH. **
Belly, Eugene’s best new restaurant*, is now serving simple taqueria-style tacos for lunch on Mondays.
On the menu: carnitas ($3.50), carne asada ($4), baja fish (deep fried cod, $4.50) and veggie ($4). Each comes with onion and cilantro, plus condiments of your choosing: marinated red onions, jalapeño, tomatillo and red salsas, and avocado crème.
The meat is premium quality, and two suffice for a satisfying meal. I had the carnitas and carne asada the other day. The former was oily and succulent, but a tad oversalted, and the latter was just plain delicious. I would have loved to have seen grilled jalapenos instead of the pickled canned (?) ones since they match so brilliantly with deep-fried pork, but eh, I’m a complainer. You can also get Jarritos sodas and ‘Merrcun ones served out of a cooler. This is casual, delicious, quick lunch food. N.b. they’re serving it lunchtimes on Mondays only, and this weekday may change.
Of course, I had to take the opportunity to drool over some of the specialties on the September dinner menu. Bacon-wrapped grilled figs with sheep milk cheese ($9), anyone? Mussel and cucumber salad ($8)? Farm chicken in vinegar ($14)?
Check ’em out on 5th Ave., across from what I just realized is the misnamed Fifth Street Public Market. Sigh, Eugene.
*according to me. Other results aren’t in yet.