I've lived in North Texas for 7 1/2 years, but I've never found mole that could rival the savory sauce I became addicted to in Lexington, Ky., at a Mexican restaurant a few blocks from my house. It was called Rincon, right near the University of Kentucky campus; if you're ever in town, tell 'em Rick sent you.
But last night that changed, when my wife mentioned that her co-worker and carpool buddy had celebrated his birthday at El Asadero on North Main in Fort Worth. He said the mole was the best he'd ever tasted, and Billy Bob grew up in these parts, so he should know.
We packed the fam into the car and went on a mole mission. And we weren't disappointed. El Asadero's mole is awesome -- so sweet and spicy that I sopped up every last drop with chips (and then a finger or two). At only $7.99, the enchiladas mole put to shame the mole at Cantina Laredo downtown, which was solid but too pricey ($12.99) for lunch.
In general, I've been disappointed by my mole choices around here -- Mi Cocina's is weak and Benito's, while traditional, just doesn't have enough sweetness or spice. So I'm declaring El Asadero's the best mole in all the land, but I know there are mole devotees out there who can prove me wrong.
Please do, because I'm worried that I'll start eating at El Asadero 2-3 times a week.
Finally, I always love it when I discover a great place that I've passed hundreds of times and that has been in business in for 25 years. Great detective work, huh?