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By day, this airy taqueria is known as Selena, named after the Tejana music singer who was shot dead by her fan-club president. The food isn’t nearly as exciting—overstuffed burritos, quesadillas, and Spinach tacos for midtown’s lunchtime crowd. Even a late afternoon happy hour of cheap piña coladas and margaritas fails to draw much of a crowd. After dark, however, things heat up. Selena becomes Al Ritmo de la Noche, a local dance hall for laborers, who check their coats at the door, sit in groups at white-clothed cafeteria tables, order buckets of Tecate and shots of Patrón Silver, then ogle the short-skirted, corseted women leaning against the wall. It’s not 10 cents a dance anymore. But you’ll still need to tip your partner if you want to take a spin on the dance floor. Should anyone desire privacy for conversation, a terra cotta balcony provides a refuge from the tacky blue lights and the latest rendition of “Ay Hombre.”
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