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i'm new to chowhounds... what a find!
i'm a los angeleno temporarily (dis)located in boston
for the past four years, and i'm still stumbling my way
through this city, foodwise. my two main cravings are
indian and mexican food -- though i've found a solution
for the former (udupi bhavan, way out in the suburbs),
i am still searching desperately for a mexican
restaurant/cafe/sidewalk stand that will satisfy my
strongest cravings. any suggestions for the cambridge
area?

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  1. Try the Iguana Cantina, in Waltham. Lots of
    interesting-looking Asian restaurants in the
    neighborhood, too.

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    1. re: Sharon A

      i've been to the igunana cantina somewhere in
      framingham, and i found it to be typical chain
      restaurant mexican food, tho i guess a bit better
      than what you normally get in the boston area...

      just went to udupi's new sister resaturant, ajanta,
      in cambridge near kendall (on first st) -- it's a
      pretty darn good place. it's much more upscale than
      udupi, catering to the yuppie cambridge crowd i
      guess. the main menu is north indian, but they
      do have a page of south indian stuff in the back -
      dosas and stuff. a friend and i tried one dosa
      (mysore style, with chutney on the inside) and
      one kashmiri style chicken dish flavored with cori-
      ander. the chicken was quite delicious. the dosa was a
      bit tough, but the filling was flavorful, with
      creamy spiced potatoes and hot hot chutney, and the
      sambar was excellent, spicy and a bit tart from a good
      amount of tamarind. another good thing -- the waiter
      understood our instructions as far as the heat of the
      dishes. :-)

    2. What is the address for Udupi Bhavan and what type of
      Indian food do they cook? Thanks.

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      1. re: jen kalb

        ahh, udupi bhavan... what a haven here in
        massachusetts. they serve south indian vegetarian food.
        their dosas are simply excellent. all their breads are
        good too. the potato bhaji used in all of the dosas is
        a little tired (could be spiced better, i think), but
        the dosas more than make up for it. i like to order
        their dal sometimes myself -- it's not on the menu, but
        dal and rice is in my opinion one of the best indian
        dishes ever.
        i don't know the address, unfortunately, but i'll
        attempt directions. it's located in ashland, ma, which
        is south of framingham. if you can get yourself to the
        intersection of routes 135 and 126, where the
        framingham train station is located, then from there
        you want to go south on 126 for about 5 minutes. you'll
        see a market basket shopping center on your right, and
        udupi is at the far end of the shopping center, near a
        subway. the place is heaven. don't go friday or
        saturday nights unless you want to wait in line for at
        least an hour with the entire indian american
        population of the 128 suburbs (and they don't take
        reservations). weeknights are a good time to go.
        also, i just heard a rumor that the udupi people have
        opened a branch here in cambridge, near kendall
        somewhere, but i haven't heard about how it compares or
        what.

        1. re: a. rao

          oh -- and in those directions -- i meant a subway
          sandwich shop, not an actual subway station or anything
          ;)

      2. A. Rao,
        forget about Mexican Food in the Boston area
        (including Cambridge) since there isn't any!!!!
        We are also new in the area, about a year and a half,
        and big fans of good Mexican, but we haven't found
        any. Specially for you, coming from the West Cost, is
        going to be hard to be pleased with unauthentic,
        boring, average Mexican. You be better off, buying a
        nice cookbook and making mole at home!!!
        About Indian, there is a nice, small, cute, cheap, and
        decent Indian on Mass Ave, right before the Harvard
        Bridge in Boston. The name is Kebab-N-Kurry. (30 Mass
        Ave) Nothing spectacular, but worth trying. Good
        luck!!

        1. For mexican, you might try Taqueria Mexico, in Waltham,
          if you're in the neighborhood. It's close to Waltham
          center on the street behind Main St.
          If you wish Ecuadorean, try Pandorga, Willow St.
          Waltham.
          Both these are inexpensive, unfussy, welcoming, and
          pretty good.

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          1. re: m

            taqueria mexico! i've been there! i totally forgot to
            mention it. yeah, they are GREAT. so authentic... and
            they have really delicious shakes. can't beat the
            mariachi hat decorations either... takes me back to my
            homeland, definitely. but off in a corner (well, for me
            at least, carless in cambridge :-).
            i will have to see if i can drag a car-driving friend
            to braintree to check out this other place tho...
            thanks for the suggestion.

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            Steve Bergstein

            Try El Sarape on Rte 53 in Weymouth Landing which is
            actually Braintree (don't ask me why). I'm told that
            the food is "Mexico City." I recommend the
            specialties, which tend to be Mex-Mex. I suggest
            avoiding the Tex-Mex - these guys are Mexican. In
            particular, I like the Mole Poblano, Pollo Naranja,
            Guisados (both - and they're better with beef than
            chicken). I've heard people talking about having come
            a fair distance to eat there. I've been going since
            the place opened 11 years ago.

            There may be a wait on Friday and Saturday night but
            it's not awful. Prices: very reasonable (dinner for
            two with moderate alcohol: $30-40)

            Phone: 781-843-8005