If you tweet your specials to three followers, does anyone come and eat them?

No. Probably not. But I have a feeling I know who was behind Tixteco Mexican Restaurant’s short-lived attempt at social media outreach. Open since early March, Tixteco (not to be confused with Mixteco in Ravenswood—or maybe they’d like if you confused the two) is a tiny mother-daughter operation: mother makes the food, daughter handles the guests (and presumably the social media).

The daughter half of the twosome is young—not a child, but, like, Twitter young—and really nice and helpful. Although they’ve put together a pretty straightforward menu of tacos, burritos, gorditas, and tortas, she kind of lingered while I decided what I wanted to order to go, just in case I had any questions. So that she didn’t feel like a vestigial limb, I asked her what she recommended. Easy: the al pastor (because it’s her mother’s recipe) and the lengua (because she loves tongue—stop with the joke before you start, please).

The special that day was three tacos, rice, and beans for $7.99—I chose al pastor, carne asada, and barbacoa, plus an extra lengua taco and an al pastor gordita.

She was right. The al pastor, with its smoky, char-grilled flavor, was the best of the four fillings. It was particularly fun in the gordita, atop a layer of refried beans and a cushion of spongy masa. The gordita was only $2.25, 26 cents more than a taco, but was the tastier, more filling option for those dining on a dime (which is a thing I do now and then).