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Chow-worthy Bruckner Blvd. and South Bronx?

Spoony Bard Jul 28, 2006 06:09 PM

Hey Bronx-hounds! This boogie-down novice is heading to Bruckner Blvd for the first time tomorrow to look for furniture with a friend. And of course, my job is to find lunch spots. Anything stand out for lunch or even just a snack? Something besides Bruckner Bar and Grill, which doesn't sound especially unique besides its location. Thanks!

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    PAL Jul 28, 2006 06:23 PM

    Yes, indeed. You'll be near one of the greatest little Mexican restaurants in all of NYC. Rinconcito Mexicano, 381 East 138th Street. Get a quesadilla with a meat filling. Quesadillas will never be the same again--I think they even make their own cheese. Ask for the red salsa to drizzle on top or inside--deep, spicy, garlicky goodness.

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    1. re: PAL
      Brian S Jul 28, 2006 08:01 PM

      I used to hang out in that neighborhood a lot. I remember quite a few Mexican restaurants near the corner of 138 and St Ann's. I used to go to tiny Jalisco Tacos on St Ann's. You might want to stop by Glacken's Bar on 149 near the Concourse if you're driving (it's several miles away)... in the same family for 60 years... with some restaurants nearby. There's also Italian holdout Venice on E 149, but I'm not sure it's worth a trip. There are hundreds of Puerto Rican restaurants in the vicinity... maybe you could do some Chowhound exploring!

      1. re: PAL
        squid kun Jul 28, 2006 08:13 PM

        That sounds great, thanks. What else is good? Would this place be connected with the restaurant on W. 39th in Manhattan?

        1. re: PAL
          Spoony Bard Jul 31, 2006 02:00 PM

          Thanks, PAL! Rinconcito was just as advertised- a charming, narrow little storefront with white tile walls, Mexicana decoration, a jukebox, and a TV at the back playing Animal Planet.

          As for the food, the quesadilla did indeed change my opinion of the genre! The tortilla was thick, of freshly made corn masa, the cheese used sparingly but fresh and delicious like a fresh mozzarella, and the carnitas (my meat of choice) was rich and flavorful, with nicely crisped sections as you'll find in quality carnitas. Two bowls of orange salsa were brought promptly, and had a piquant sour tomatillo and garlicy flavor, subtly spiced. Did I mention the quesadilla was a foot long and cost $4.50? My friend loved her tacos, one carne asada and one barbacoa. The latter I can attest was powerfully goaty, but in a good way. Well worth visiting when in the area (at the very least). Only caveat was the worst horchata imaginable- it tasted powdered.

          The neighborhood itself appears to be an undiscovered Mexican pocket, and probably does contain more riches. So Brian S, though I didn't explore this time, it looks very promising, and with Rinconcito is already looking mighty fine.

          Squid kun- I don't think it's connected to the Manhattan place of the same name, though I didn't ask. Their t-shirts only listed the Bronx spot.

          1. re: Spoony Bard
            Brian S Jul 31, 2006 04:02 PM

            Not undiscovered to me... I started going there in 1994. There are also a few neat Mexican stores... narrow but very deep... which sell everything from $100 hand-embroidered leather belts to pottery to a full selection of Mexican spices and produce. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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