Thursday, January 22, 2004

Compean family serves south-of-the-border comfort food, fulfills dream at La Espuela restaurant

"A few years ago, Pompilia Compean came to visit a cousin in Nashville and fell in love with the city--both the quality of life and the opportunities it offered. After a brief stop in Idaho, where Eusebio Sr. managed a ranch, the family moved here, and Pompilia got a job in a factory and began putting away money. In July 2002, she opened her restaurant."

"For Pompilia, La Espuela is a gift she gives herself every day. 'There is a saying in Mexico, that it is better to cry for something you try and fail, than cry for something you never did,' she says. 'I will always know that no matter what happens, my dream came true with this restaurant.'"

"La Espuela has the basic Mexican dishes locals have come to expect: soft tacos, quesadillas, burritos, tostadas, chimichangas, flautas, enchiladas, fajitas and tamales. Believe the menu when it describes something as grande. The beef chimichanga grande--a platter-sized tortilla spread with rice, beans, flavorful shredded beef and cheese, then rolled, deep-fried and covered with cheese sauce--seemed nearly the size of a football and could have satisfied any member of the Titans' offensive line."

"Its warmth, charm and good home cooking will win the hearts of Nashvillians looking for comfort food with a south-of-the-border twist - carne y tres."

Nashville Scene

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