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Jul 3, 2006 03:30 PM

Great Mexican in Fitchburg, MA ("Estilo Colima")

I stumbled across a truly authentic Mexican place in the Fitchburg area last week:

El Volcan Mexican Restaurant & Bar
5 Summer St.
Lunenburg, MA 01462
(978) 343-2659

The food is Colima style (homesick Angelenos take note!), so that means salsa made with red chilies rather than tomatoes, and very spicy sauces. I had chili colorado (beef chunks in red sauce), which was made from steak and excellent. I held a fork in one hand and a napkin to dab my brow with the other. Homemade chips as well. The place was deserted last Thursday night, so please, anyone, go there! : ) Aside from cold Coronas, they also have jamaica and at least occasionally horchata, though not when I was there.

Incidentally, there are 2 nearly identical Asian food marts in the same strip mall, one Hmong and the other Vietnamese-Laotian. Apparently, the latter signed the lease without realizing the former was already there (at least that's what he told me).

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  1. Ooooh, can't wait to try this. We have friends in Lunenberg, so this is perfect.

    1. Ate here Saturday and thought it was pretty good overall, and really good for the area. As described, good chips and the salsa was the cooked version with chilis and packed a nice punch. I was disappointed that the pork in green sauce, while very tasty and very well cooked (no dryness or stringiness), had no chili heat (and the accompanying pico de gallo was just onion and tomato, far as I could tell). I got my chili fix with spoonfuls of the salsa. Next time I'll try the red version. Flour tortillas were freshly cooked.

      The in-restaurant menu lists posole and a couple other special dishes I forget (birria? menudo?) on Sundays only, however I'd check first. They were "out" of both carnitas and lengua (and Negro Modelo) when I was there.

      Not too many customers at prime dinner time. I scanned the takeout menu, drop me an email if you'd like a copy.

      1. Well, I visited this restaurant today only to find that they are closed for an unknown reason. The door was open and I walked in to find 3 men sitting at a table and they were very tight lipped about when the restaurant would be open again. Were they just closed on Tuesdays? Should I bother to try back another time? What? Finally, one of them said that it should be re-opened in "a week or so, just keep checking back."

        Not planning on it at this point...

        1. Back in town - hey, that was me in 2006! - anyone know of an alternative (= good Mexican) in the area?

          (El Volcan was closed as of 2009)

          1. You couldn't buy a can of refried in Mass. 30 years ago.