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New Mexican Food--CT

SQK Oct 24, 2003 02:05 PM

Just moved back to the northeast after a few years in New Mexico and am going through green chile withdrawl. Do you know ANY authentic mexcian/southwestern restaurants in CT/central New England? I'm thinking carne adovada, posole, tamales and the like...

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    Al Oct 27, 2003 01:34 PM

    Try Senor Pancho's on S. Main street in Southbury. They probably have the closest to the real thing.

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      gramma Nov 1, 2003 10:38 AM

      El Mexicano in Norwalk has authentic Mexican.

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        mels Nov 4, 2003 12:59 PM

        I used to live in New Mexico as well and I think other posters have misunderstood. It is *New* Mexican (as in the state of New Mexico) they are looking for, not Mexican.

        I have not been able to find anything close! Just as I had to deal with not being able to find a decent deli sandwich in NM, I will have to deal with not having my beloved Green Chile, etc... in New England. Check out the Manhattan message board - they may be able to help track down a restaurant if you are willing to travel.

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          rjka Nov 4, 2003 02:36 PM

          Actually, there is a restaurant in Greenwich called the Boxcar Cantina that "claims" to be New Mexican food, but I don't find it any different than typical Mexcian food, no green chiles.

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            sqkarn Nov 13, 2003 03:51 PM

            Yes, exactly!
            I knew it was a long shot, but I was hoping there was a transplanted New Mexican somewhere out here who might be willing to feed me! But you're right--just as I wished for a real Italian grinder or some decent pizza when I lived in NM--I think I'll just go on pining for carne adovada now that I'm back east. Some things just don't travel, I guess.
            Thanks for the help!

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            smalley1213 Nov 6, 2003 06:44 AM


            El Sombrero in Southington on Queen Street is decent...for authentic-type mexican food.

            I'm a big fan of So-Cal/authentic tacos, tamales etc, if you are into that too, there's a place in Newington (nothing fancy....just good food) called Taco Dio on Market Street that has tamales and tacos and more...that you just can't find in these parts of the US.

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              Marcie Jan 4, 2004 04:42 PM

              As the owner of the restaurant in question, I would like to clarify some of the information. The restaurant name is TACO DIA and is located on Lowrey Place in Newington (next to the post office) and not on Market Square. (Market Square is the next street over.) Thanks

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              cheereeo Nov 16, 2003 10:25 PM

              Sorry; I am not familiar with the term "New" Mexican, but my former boss was Mexican and also from New Mexico. I had recommended Baja's in Orange, and he seemed interested. It is Baja style Mexican. Owned by a husband/wife duo--husband is American and wife is Mexican. It is just a small place but people say it is quite authentic. Famous for fish tacos. (I don't like.) I have had this long-cooked pork dish that was good and they also have this fabulous shrimp dish. (Sorry that I can't remember the names.) They have a sauce bar--most are so incredibly spicy that my grinco mouth can't take it. Finally, check out the New Haven Advocate because they recently reviewed a new place that claims to be quite authentic. Good Luck.

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                Sean Nov 18, 2003 05:33 PM

                Sigh...I went to New Mexico for a vacation in September, and I've yet to find anything in CT that comes remotely close to the fod I had out there...mmmmn, sooo good.....

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                  nancy Nov 20, 2003 06:31 PM

                  try IXTAPA in hamden...
                  very good mexican...not tex-mex food...
                  pico di gallo along with salsa and chips on every table...for starters

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                    Scargod Oct 13, 2009 03:15 PM

                    Not so. Very Gringofied and slightly Tex-Mex. Big deal that they give you pico de gallo, salsa and chips. Don't most? Their mild salsa usually come straight out of the fridge-cold.
                    Food is good one time and pathetic the next. This was a few years ago, but we ate there a half-dozen times and gave up.

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                  bruno Jul 29, 2004 02:50 PM

                  Oh! You poor thing! Been there! They can't even pronounce posole here. All "Mexican" food is Tex-Mex with rice.You have to mail order posole dry from NM and make your own.(Ranch-O-Casados and others.)Same with chiles. (They can't even spell it here.)You can get fresh anchos here and roast your own. Whole Foods just started carrying Hatch canned. I stock up on dried green chile when I go back to Espanola. People sell powdered green at the roadside stands. Blue corn is "in" so you will find that, but not atole. My best recommendation is move back. Or switch to lobster and corn chowder. And I'm from Mass.!

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                    TnTinCT Oct 18, 2009 08:37 AM

                    Serapes in Enfield, CT - small, family place, not fancy, but very authentic.

                    1. Scargod Oct 18, 2009 08:59 AM

                      People are giving you some good suggestions, but having eaten a lot of New-Mex I would say I haven't found anything very close. You are lucky if you can find authentic Mexican or decent Tex-Mex. Fresh (raw), spicy salsa is almost non-existent.
                      Serapes is good. So is Guadalupe la Poblanita in New Haven.
                      Good Mexican food has been recently covered pretty well on this board and as far as New-Mex, I would give up. Do a search for good Mex and Tex-Mex in CT.
                      Where exactly are you living in CT?

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