by Brent Rolen
I've been eating at La Hacienda on Nolensville regularly for over five years, typically having lunch twice a week. On each visit, I tend to consume at least two small bowls of salsa by myself. Friends who eat with me know I don't share when it comes to the delicious red suspension.
La Ha's salsa tends to vary with each batch. The levels of herbs or other ingredients may differ, but the flavor is OK at worst and divine at best. While it has been a little pickle-y lately, today, something was terribly off.
One person gave up after one bite. I made it through half a bowl trying to figure out what the wrongness was. The unpleasant taste seemed familiar, but I just couldn't place it. Then it hit me: bug spray. Once I named it, the others at my end of the table stopped eating it as well.
I'm pretty sure that's not what it was; nonetheless, there was a flavor in the sauce that shouldn't have been there. Any other regulars notice it and have a guess?
Let me add, though, that one bad batch among the gallons of their salsa that I've consumed over the years doesn't really bother me. To steal from one of my party, I surely won't be returning...until next week.