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Will drive for Mexican Food (Ithaca)

I am NEW to Ithaca from Los Angeles and I miss my favorite Tacos Delta taqueria (Silverlake) or the chile rellenos at Chico's in Highland Park or the tamales at Lilliana's (1st Street) in East Los and even the birria (made with avocado leaves) at Guelaquetza (Pico-union). Can you help a buddy out with info about restaurants, taquerias that day laborers or farmworkers hang out at, tortillerias/panaderias or any Latino markets or carnicerias?

Any info will be greatly appreciated!

Yummy Sound

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  1. If there are places such as this within 50 miles of Ithaca (or more), they are very well hidden. Maybe someone else on here has that secret info. Otherwise, your best bets for anything vaguely resembling Mexican food are the Garcia's in Ithaca and Cortland. The owners (to the best of my knowledge) are of Mexican descent... maybe make friends with them?

    1. I ate at an extremely authentic place last year north of Lyons, maybe in Sodus, amongst the apple farms. I will ask friends who live up there...

      1. Thanks. I think I will be doing much of the cooking myself out here. I just found Queso Rachero, Oaxacan string cheese, huitlacoche truffles, and Herdez chipotle chiles at Wegmans!

        I figure, if there are Latino workers/farworkers around, someone must be feeding them!


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        1. re: Yummy Sound

          Maybe you will be the one feeding them! :)

        2. The place in Sodus is El Rincon Mexicano, but they also have a second establishment in Canandaigua, too (a little more convenient for a drive up from Ithaca). It's fantastic, and has satisfied 3 SoCal expatriot coworkers of mine who take the trip from Syracuse to Canandaigua frequently.

          The menu is wide and varied, Guadalajara cuisine, and I especially love their green sauce.

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          1. re: jbird

            This is good to know! Sodus is really not convenient to Ithaca at all, but I live in Syracuse now and both places aren't too far. Thanks!

          2. Is Viva Taqueria still around? It was located on a corner near the Commons last I knew. Not super authentic, but good, fresh menu items.

            1. I second the suggestion for El Rincon. I'm originally from Southern California (spent the bulk of my youth living approx. 15 miles from the Mexico border), and El Rincon was the best mexican food I've had on the east coast.

              If I recall correctly, the first El Rincon was in Sodus and was open seasonally. The owner is from Mexico and started the restaurant as a place where the migrant workers could have some "real" food. As the word spread it eventually evolved to a year-round restaurant, with a second one in Canandaigua. I ate several times at the Sodus location only, and have since moved out of the state, but I go back to eat there whenever I'm in the area.

              1. Heh.. you guys beat me to it. Yes, El Rincon. The time I was there the clientele was pretty much evenly split between migrants and locals (this was during last year's apple harvest time).

                1. A sighting: A Mi Ranchito Market delivery truck was sighted yesterday in Cortland with an address in Sodus--I'll let you know what I find when i get there.


                  1. There are several Mexican restaurants in the Binghamton area--I'm not sure how they compare to those you are used to, but I've enjoyed meals at both.
                    Los Tapatios in Endicott(Washington Ave)and Vestal(near SUNY) and Margaritas in Binghamton (Upper Front St).

                    1. El Rincon in Canandiagua does have excellent food. My husband is Colombian and he said he feels like he's back home when he eats there. I love it too, however, every time we've eaten there the service has been horrible. We've only gone at lunch time so I don't know if that makes a difference, but they never seem prepared. Maybe next time we'll try the Sodus location.

                      1. I enjoyed a few meals at El Rincon (in Sodus) while going to school in Rochester. It was well worth the drive, but given its rural location, don't forget your cash!

                        In the Binghamton area, I recommend Los Tapatios (Washington Ave in Endwell, Bunn Hill Road in Vestal). Try the Chiles Rellenos. Margaritas is sort of bland to me, and has a pretty limited menu. Most of my friends who have dined there all have a similar "ehh" reaction.