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Guadalajara on Rt 9 in Ossining

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Josh Mittleman Aug 27, 1998 11:27 AM

There are two new Mexican restaurants on Rt 9 in
Ossining: Guadalajara, south of the Arcadian, in the
space that was once Maxime's Roadstop (or whatever it
was called), and a place called "Mexican" something or
other, just across from the Arcadian, that hasn't
opened yet.

Guadalajara opened a couple weeks ago. We tried it
last night. Our overall impression was comfortable, a
little too expensive, and decent but not exciting food.
What they do (judging from our limited sample), they do
well; but their menu is unadventurous.

The dining room is spacious and nicely decorated. A
little dark, and it would probably be noisy if it were
full; but it was nearly empty.

I started with a margarita, which was lousy. I
couldn't taste tequilla at all. Things picked up with
the appetizers: Excellent guacamole, made to order at
the table, and very good ceviche of snapper and
scallops (they offer one or the other, but they gave us
a little of each when we asked for it). We split a
main dish, beef tips in a chipotle sauce. Very tasty,
if a little underspiced. Excellent rice and beans on
the side.

One main dish, two appetizers, and a couple drinks,
with tax and tip, came to about $50. For the price and
the quality, I still prefer Santa Fe in Tarrytown if
I'm staying in Upper Westchester. Santa recently
changed its menu, by the way. They now have a really
nice southern Mexican pork stew (pibil, if I remember
right).

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