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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!

        yummy

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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.