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Good Mexican in Hudson Valley

Jennifer Oct 4, 2005 03:06 PM


Can you recommend a good reasonably priced Mexican place somwhere between New Paltz and Red Hook?
Your thoughts on:

Santa Fe in Tivoli?
Coyote Cafe or Armadillo in Kingston?
Anyplace else?

Please help!


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    groover8 RE: Jennifer Oct 4, 2005 05:45 PM

    Coyote cafe is not so much mexican as diner.... True mexican can be found at mole mole in poughkeepsie. they just opened a second location. REAL mexican food, hole in the wall-type storefronts, but good stuff.

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      IBG RE: groover8 Oct 4, 2005 10:55 PM

      My friend recommended Guadalajara in Briarcliff, but I haven't tried it yet, so I cant vouch for it.

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        neighbor RE: IBG Oct 5, 2005 11:37 AM

        I know I've seen Guadalajara mentioned on this board in the past, but the reviews were not fabulous, using words like "overpriced" and "mediocre," IIRC. Never been there myself for this reason.

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          Marie RE: neighbor Oct 5, 2005 12:11 PM

          I'd say it's pretty darn good for New York area Mexican. And not overpriced. I can't seem to order anything besides the enchiladas suizas, because I adore them. It's my closest Mexican -- our choices are scare, though, admittedly.

          It's not between Red Hook and New Paltz, though.

          On other Mexican fronts, a new Mexican place is opening in Croton on the old site of Case di Nicola. Anyone know anything?

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            DrewE RE: Marie Oct 5, 2005 08:53 PM

            A little farther south in Suffern is Hacienda. Just moved to new quarters. Personally , I liked the old storefront better but this is where the local mexican population goes to eat.

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              neighbor RE: Marie Oct 6, 2005 11:03 AM

              Marie, you may have convinced me to give it a try!

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        Betsy RE: Jennifer Oct 6, 2005 07:38 PM

        Armadillo is an excellent choice, as is El Danzante on Broadway in Kingston. Coyote Cafe is more pub grub, as I remember it. A lot of people really like Santa Fe, but I find it to be crowded and noisy.

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          Barbacoa Lover RE: Jennifer Oct 9, 2005 10:08 AM

          For non-american-type Mexican food, like Baja-style soft tacos, homemade salsas, homemade tortillas, "ground-beef-not-found-here", it is indeed the little hole-in-the-wall storefronts that seem to get the raves. In Poughkeepsie on Main Street, there are three or four places all within walking distance of each other, including Mole Mole that someone else mentioned, plus their new location near the old railroad bridge (forgot the name of the street.) Those are all decent but nothing to rave about (maybe the al Pastor tacos at Mole Mole.)

          But for my hands-down recommendation, go to La Mexicana in Red Hook. It's a tiny but welcoming storefront run by a family that always seems to have the three little girls hangin' out. Just order one order of Barbacoa and you'll be hooked for life. Barbacoa is different in different places, but at La Mexicana they braise beef cheeks until they are supremely tender and flavorful with soaked up citrus and spice, chop it up and serve it on three piping hot tortillas with cilantro, onions, a lime, and their homemade awesome salsa verde. Also, their burritos (including five types of veggie burritos), sopes, tortas and especially the homemade chicken taquitos are excellent. For a few bucks extra, get the chips & salsa...they're addictive. Tamales are just okay though. Good selection of Mexican beers plus Mexican Coke and other beverages in a glass cooler. It is also a small Mexican market.

          Give it a try, especially the Barbacoa and chips & salsa. 19 West Market Street, in Red Hook. Telephone: (845) 758-6356

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            Betsy RE: Barbacoa Lover Oct 9, 2005 07:39 PM

            Thanks for posting this! My husband and I have always wanted to try La Mexicana--now we'll have to!

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              M-L. RE: Barbacoa Lover Oct 11, 2005 12:09 AM

              BINGO! This is authentic, or as close to authentic one can get given the geography.

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                Barbacoa Lover RE: Barbacoa Lover Jan 20, 2006 05:29 PM

                Bad news...really bad news. La Mexicana in Red Hook closed up its doors in December. What a big fat bummer because I thought they had THE BEST authentic Mexican food around, especially those addictive barbacoa soft tacos. Unfortunatley I do not feel that I can bestow this label upon any other Mexican place in Dutchess, at least the ones that I have experienced first hand.

                The search continues...hopefully I simply haven't encountered the new BEST authentic Mexican food around.

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                  squid-kun RE: Barbacoa Lover Jan 21, 2006 11:03 AM

                  Could they have just closed for a few days for the holidays? I phoned them just now (845-758-6356), and someone picked up and said they're open.

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                    Barbacoa Lover RE: squid-kun Jan 28, 2006 06:45 PM

                    Thanks for the heads up. When I went by in early January, the space was totally empty and no note was on the door. Nothing. I talked with a friend who also frequented it and he said he knew they had closed but didn't know why or any other details.

                    So, upon your note, I called and darnit, you're right. Apparently, they had simply "renovated" and have been re-opened for a few weeks now. So, GREAT NEWS! I wish they had left a note on the door to let me know that they'd re-open. A completely empty storefront with no note sends the wrong message. Anyway, I'm off to get some barbacoa with my mouth watering. Yessssss!!!

                    Link: http://catskills.citysearch.com/profi...

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                  athina RE: Barbacoa Lover Jul 12, 2010 12:58 PM

                  this sounds absolutely delicious, thanks for the review- gonna give it a try! (I love barbacoas)

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                  Susie RE: Jennifer Oct 25, 2005 02:49 PM

                  Probably the most authentic Mexican restaurant is El Dazante in Kingston. Excellent!

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                    Solstice444 RE: Jennifer Dec 1, 2009 02:16 AM

                    Although on the more expensive side..I recommend La Puerta Azul in Millbrook. The food is very good and really nice atmosphere. The margaritas are fresh and delicious and worth the money you spend on them. Haciendas in Chester, NY is great as well (around the same price too) but a little further away from the new paltz area. I heard of another place called Mexican Radio. Have never been there but I think it is in Rhinebeck? Could be mistaken though. If you decide to try it let me know how it is. I'm a huge mexican food fan.

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                      bob gaj RE: Solstice444 Dec 1, 2009 07:12 AM

                      mexican radio = hudson (and new york city). not worth the drive from POK area, *especially* with so many cheap dives on the main street.

                      dutchess delight - how could you have missed all the other mexican places (los compadres, la cabanita, cinco de mayo are the best, but there's a ton more) on main? i've never been to juquilita, but mexican is probably the one ethnic food where there's no lack of choices in the poughkeepsie area...

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